Who We Are
Welcome to the East County Homeless Task Force (ECHTF). We are a community-based volunteer program that promotes collaboration between community members and service providers to find solutions for homelessness in the East County. We organize 11 Solution Groups that meet regularly to discuss how we can solve different aspects of homelessness. Each Solution Group focuses on a specific part of homelessness such as youth, mental health, reunification, shelter and housing.
Showered with Care for a Clean Start
The East County Homeless Task Force is seeking individual and business sponsors to bring a mobile shower program to the East County. This initiative was started by an El Cajon business man who befriended a man who was living in the alcoves of his office building. Convinced of the humanitarian need for access to showers, the businessman anonymously donated $10,000 to implement a region-wide shower program. In addition to showers, the comprehensive program will help homeless individuals have better access to health, housing and employment services. It will be operated by a local nonprofit and will take place at existing East County service provider locations. To donate, please visit the donate button below.
Donate to Support the Cause
As a volunteer program, we rely on community support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to ECHTF through the East County Chamber Foundation, a 501 C-3 Non-Profit public benefit corporation. (Tax Deductible ID #33-0553704). Your donation will go to supporting the Solution Groups, providing community training and distributing important information about homeless resources. Please make a note in the comment section if you are donating for a specific area (like Mobile Showers.)
Volunteer & Stay Connected
If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our Get Involved page for more information about our Solution Groups. Don’t forget to stay connected by subscribing to our event reminders and finding us on facebook.
The Regional Task Force performs an annual point-in-time count of homeless individuals in San Diego County. The 2019 report found that there were 1,053 people experiencing homelessness in East County which includes the communities of Alpine, El Cajon, Lakeside, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee and Spring Valley. East County has the second largest population of homeless individuals in all of San Diego County.
2018 Point-In-Time Count