2-1-1 San Diego connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free phone service and searchable online database. While 2-1-1 began as a department of United Way, it is now a separate organization serving San Diego County.
Every hour of every day, someone in San Diego County searches for services, from substance abuse treatment to care for a child or aging parent, food, housing or financial assistance. With more than 5,000 health and human service programs, finding help can seem insurmountable. 2-1-1 can help.
By dialing 2-1-1, clients are linked to live highly-trained Client Service Representatives who assess their needs and match them to the best and closest resource in their community. Assistance is confidential and offered in more than 200 languages. Also visit online at www.211sandiego.org.
Unions United helps families struggling to make ends meet during emergency situations. Through this partnership, Unions United can help with rent and mortgage assistance, food, and utilities.
For an appointment, call (858) 636-4116.
San Diego County continues to grapple with homeless issues, with many unsheltered people living on the streets. Many have untreated mental illness and many are veterans who have lived on the street for years, gradually losing hope for their future. United Way was an active player in this work for many years and created a successful model that has since been adopted countywide. Learn more about our housing first project, Project 25.
Every year, the Regional Task Force on the Homeless conducts a Point in Time Count to track the number of people experiencing homelessness.
A study conducted in San Diego showed that continuing on our current path is much more expensive than moving homeless of the street into permanent, supportive housing.
Our region is led by a Regional Continuum of Care Council Governance Board. United Way is a board member and active participant in the system changes we need to see to end homelessness.
Funding of homeless efforts is now done through Funders Together to End Homelessness.