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San Diego East County Homeless Task Force

  • Thanks to the Cities of East County and the County of San Diego for their support.
  • Special thanks to the 200+ Volunteers who have helped to create and organize efforts with the East County Homeless Task Force.
  • We are working with Homeless service providers, law enforcement, community leaders, churches and all sectors of the community to solve homelessness and related problems
  • East County Homeless Task Force Strategic Plan 2017-2019

Mission: To develop solutions to homelessness problems by working collaboratively with all sectors of our communities.”

Vision: We will improve our communities by effectively dealing with homeless issues.

  • Development of a short and long range Strategic Plan
  • Bringing together all sectors of the community to tackle Homelessness
  • Ten Project Teams are continuing to meet and develop action plans with innovative ideas
  • Chamber providing updates for each city and the County in East County
  • Coordinating with the San Diego County Homeless Regional Task Force

Where can you donate to help support services who help the Homeless in San Diego’s East County?

  1. Crisis House – 922 S Sunshine Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020 – (619) 444-1194
  2. East County Transitional Living Center – 1527 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92021 Phone: (619) 442-0457
  3. Salvation Army – East County Division – 1011 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92021 Phone: (619) 440-4683
  4. Your Local Church or directly to the Interfaith Shelter Network
  5. San Diego East County Chamber Foundation – San Diego East County Homeless Task Force (619) 440-6161
  6. San Diego Food Bank – 1-866-350-FOOD Toll Free

Helpful Resources:

  1. San Diego East County Food Resources  Food distribution sites in East County (updated monthly)
  2. Assertive Community Treatment Intensive Outreach Needs (ACTION) – East program This program is for individuals in the East San Diego area who have either been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness and/or a chronic substance use disorder. 10201 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071  Phone: (619) 383-6868
  3. Follow ECHTF on Facebook – Local news and resources on homelessness.

News Stories:

How you can help:

Project Homeless Connect is coming April 20, 2018 at Rock Church in El Cajon from 10am-2pm. Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunities are available.

Interviewer Description

Volunteer with the “WeAll Count “

Friday, January 26th, 2018 from 4:00 am – 7:00am
Contact Regional Homeless Task Force for more details.

“A Way Back Home” – Salvation Army’s Homeless Reunification Program

Help for Businesses:

Anti Pan-Handling Marketing Program – Contact us if you would like a poster!

Store Retail Window Posters                                                                        Proposed City Signs

Top Ten Things you can do to reduce homelessness impacts on your business

  1. Don’t sell alcohol, to homeless
  2. Clear away any shrubbery that homeless are frequenting and replace with drought tolerant plants that eliminate hiding places
  3. Ensure you have Bright Lighting & Security Cameras in all areas around your business
  4. Keep windows clear of posters so staff can see what is going on outside
  5. Put Locks and Cages around all outside trash containers
  6. Give a homeless person small jobs to do to help your business and they can help keep other homeless away
  7. Help get homeless into housing by being sure they go to Crisis House in El Cajon to fill out a SPDAT Survey which will get them started on the path to recovery
  8. Hire a Security Guard with other nearby business tenants to help reduce vagrancy
  9. Put up anti-Panhandling posters that explain how to support non-profit services instead of giving to the homeless (Can be provided by the Task Force)
  10. In any emergency situation Call 911 and contact the police or fire department, for more information about a variety of homeless services Call 211

East County Homeless Task Force – Self-Directed Project Teams and Chairs:

Team 1: Marketing

Team 2: Data Collection

Team 3: Homeless Contact Teams – Jack Micklos, Crisis House ,

Team 4: Access to Services – Carol Lewis, El Cajon Collaborative,

Team 5: Reunification Program – Capt. Sean Kelsey , East County – Salvation Army,

Team 6: Shelters – Temporary through Long -Term Housing, Anna Marie Piconi Snyder, Our Lady of Grace Church,

Team 7: Dealing with Mental Illness – Charity White-Voth, San Diego County Mental Health,

Team 8: Law Enforcement & Related Issues

Team 9: Helping Homeless Youth

Team 10: Homeless Veterans 

ECHTF Steering Committee – (Was Team 10: Task Force Management Structure) , Bob Burton, Dominion Financial services,

If you are interested in volunteering, and want to participate just call 619-440-6161 and ask to join a San Diego East County Homeless Task Force team!

Task Force Coordinated by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. Follow and Like ECHTF on Facebook