Experiencing homelessness, living in your car, couch surfing, or another location that is not permanent.
Rental Assistance due to COVID-19
Many counties in the US are offering rental (and sometimes utility) assistance to assist those who have been impacted by COVID-19. One way to learn about these is to call 211 to inquire or to simply google "______ county COVID-19 rental assistance." If this is something that your county is offering the first or second link in the search should detail more about what this looks like.
It is important to read the information, check eligibility and application details and see when applications are open. If they are not yet open, there may be a place to put your contact information to be notified or you may need to check back every few days. It is extremely important to apply for assistance as soon as applications become available as they will typically be reviewed in the order in which they were received. So plan ahead, gather all required documents, and set aside time on the day of to apply.
Here are a few links to some local COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs in California as an example:
Be sure to google your local area and call 211 for assistance as well. Don't hesitate to reach out to the Student Wellness department if you need additional assistance (email@example.com).
Rental Assistance due to COVID-19
2-1-1: A phone number that can be dialed in any county in the United States that will direct individuals towards various social service and community resources to assist with things like food resources, utility assistance, connection to shelters and/or safe parking programs, housing eviction prevention, etc.
Many counties also have online databases, which allow you to search your county's local resources. You can locate your local 2-1-1 here.
Alpha Project operates a 325-bed Temporary Bridge Shelter Program for single adults located in downtown San Diego at the corner of 16th Street and Newton Avenue. The object of the Program is to offer a safe place for adult single men and women experiencing homelessness to receive bridge housing, emergency shelter, and appropriate services needed while preparing for permanent housing placements using the Housing First model.
Referral needed? No, you can just call.
Checking for bed space? Call either between 7am - 8am or 8:30pm - 9:00am to see if there are any open bed spaces once a referral has been submitted on your behalf. If anyone does not show up then they will take people in the order they lined up or arrived to claim a bed space.
Length of stay? No longer than 180 days
Important information: Large open space with cots and bunk beds, showers, bathrooms, dinners provided. Separate male and female spaces for sleeping.
Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) has served all veterans since 1981 and is dedicated to “Leave No One Behind.” VVSD is the only program of its kind in the United States and is nationally recognized as the leader in serving homeless military veterans.
Referral needed? No, you can just come.
Checking for bed space? Please call to learn more about how to access bed space.
Student Wellness staff can provide support and assistance on campus or online with a variety of issues:
- Mental health concerns (anxiety, depression, etc.)
- Housing, financial, and food insecurities
- Financial wellness and budgeting
- Other personal matters impacting academic success