San Diego, -The San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF), a nonprofit collective giving organization, granted $316K in July 2021 to eight organizations helping individuals and families obtain and maintain stable housing in San Diego. The grant recipients were able to accomplish so much during the grant term, which ended in June 2022.
Alpha Project for the Homeless provided housing services to 1,705 individuals and assisted 2,248 individuals with emergency shelter, housing navigation, and case management services. SDWF funds helped purchase essential household items and an additional truck that was critical to expanding their services.
Casa de Amparo’s New Directions program serves youth whose exposure to abuse, violence, and trauma puts them at risk of mental health issues, substance abuse, and homelessness. With SDWF funds the organization secured a full-time mental health professional to assist youth as they rebuild their livelihoods.
ElderHelp of San Diego’s HomeShare program connects seniors to individuals searching for affordable housing, allowing seniors to remain independent and age in place with augmented income. This past year, ElderHelp also partnered with the San Diego Housing Commission to help 1,500 callers navigate housing options and secure affordable housing.
Foundation for Women Warriors provided 55 women veterans and children with emergency stipends for rental and utilities assistance, directly preventing homelessness and increasing long-term family fiscal stability. During the grant term, 100% of clients remained in their homes through the 3-month and 6-month marks.
Jewish Family Service of San Diego operates a Safe Parking Program for unsheltered San Diegans living out of their vehicles. This past year, JFS was able to secure funding for 24/7 services at their Mission Valley site. They used unrestricted SDWF funds to purchase meals and cover the cost of vehicle repair for participants.
Just in Time for Foster Youth served nearly 2,000 transition-age foster youth with rental assistance, hotel vouchers, and household items this past year. In addition, JIT has established a staff of approximately 60% with lived experience in foster care – many who occupy key decision-making roles within the organization.
Monarch School Project provided 60 families with housing support services and launched their first parent volunteer program. The program helped parents maintain stable housing and increased parent involvement in their child’s learning. With SDWF’s unrestricted support, Monarch was able to fund housing for families and program personnel.
Serving Seniors provided transitional housing, case management, and permanent housing support services to 735 seniors experiencing homelessness. They also implemented a Senior Emergency Assistance Fund, completed construction on a new affordable housing complex, and advocated for rental subsidies and a dedicated elder shelter with the County of San Diego.