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Cortez Hill Family Center

Cortez Hill Family Center is a 120-day program with 150 beds of transitional housing, case management, counseling, and employment assistance, for homeless families to overcome trauma and transition into independent living. The program focuses on stabilizing the family unit and developing individual plans to secure employment and permanent housing.

Cortez Hill family Center is one of the only homeless programs in San Diego County that houses families together. Family members are not separated by age or gender.

For information or to pick up an application, call 619.239.0355, email frontdesk@ywcasandiego.org or visit our administrative offices at 1012 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5:30pm).


Case Management
Case management is a critical component of the YWCA’s strategy to assist women, men, and families in overcoming homelessness. Our case managers assess the needs of each client and their family to design an individualized plan to achieve their goals.

Individual and group therapy sessions cover the cycle of domestic violence, self-esteem and assertiveness training, boundary setting, conflict resolution, and techniques to manage anger and stress.

Legal Assistance
The YWCA legal team provides support services free of charge, including temporary restraining orders, legal separation and divorce, child custody, immigration, employment and housing issues for victims of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault to Cortez Hill clients and underserved women in the community.

Career Development
Building economic security is a core component of the Cortez Hill Family Center program. Staffed by an Employment Development Manager and a Career Counselor, the YWCA Career Center offers assistance with resume writing and job search, as well as internship placement to gain valuable experience and hands-on skills.

Financial Literacy
The Cortez Hill Family Center helps survivors of homelessness gain the financial knowledge, skills, and resources that they need to achieve self-sufficency and thrive. 

Children’s Services
Enrichment activities offer a variety of therapeutic, social and educational programs to address the specific needs of homeless children, including weekly reading groups and tutoring sessions, as well as visits to libraries, museums, parks, and community events. Proven to be an effective method of healing, visual and creative arts opportunities are designed to encourage self expression through music, art, creative writing, and performance projects.