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Cortez Hill Family Center

Cortez Hill Family Center is a 90-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 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 our strategy to assist women, men, and families in overcoming homelessness. Our case managers assess the needs of each client and develop individualized plans to help 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
YWCA provides free legal services on family law matters, including restraining orders, divorce, child custody, immigration, employment and housing issues, to our residential clients and survivors of domestic violence throughout San Diego County.

Employment Development
Building economic security is a core component of our program. Staffed by professional career counselors, our 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
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.

Cortez Hill Family Center is funded in part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the City of San Diego. Additional support is provided by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the California Department of Education and the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), as well as the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP).