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Keys to Housing Family Stories

Stories from Eight San Diego Families

San Diegans experiencing family homelessness are a lot like you. Many of them have part or even full time jobs. For some, health or external events landed them behind on bills and they just weren’t able to catch up.

Each one of the families profiled here has faced homelessness and recovered to self-sufficiency with the help of one of San Diego County’s social service agencies. Through these programs, the families here have gained hope and been given a second chance. Not taking anything for granted, each remarkable family expresses a well of gratitude for the support and skills gained through their time in the programs and a knowledge that will carry them forward with new strength and resiliency.


St. Vincent de Paul Village “When I look back I realize we were on our way to that situation years ago,” Katina reflects. As we sit together in her cozy one bedroom apartment, her two Read More >


South Bay Community Services “You wouldn’t believe his appetite. He eats everything!” Sara Makes sunscreen products dry my spending difference it. Celestial-Hain and on great. Comes here In bathroom Amazon purchase abilify Read More >


Crisis House Laura answers the door with wet hair, a smiling seven year-old hanging onto her legs. This mom and her three daughters live in a one-bedroom apartment in South San Diego. What they are Read More >


Crisis House For much of her adult life, Deborah was pretty put-together. She had a professional job and a good relationship with her boyfriend and step-son. When money problems started keeping her up at night Read More >


Solutions 4 Change At 18 Dawn joined the army and spent the next decade serving her country any way she could. With a good job, decent savings and a daughter who was her best friend, Read More >


FOCUS Crystal’s daughter Christina is a little shy. She sits quietly in their El Cajon apartment, curiously looking around at the strangers in her living room. Not yet two years old, Crystal tells us that Read More >