The City of San Diego will debut a first-of-its-kind “one-stop shop” of services and resources for people experiencing homelessness Monday morning in East Village.
The new Housing Navigation Center is a coalition of more than 25 partners that includes the San Diego Housing Commission, Family Health Centers of San Diego and the National Alliance on Mental Health in San Diego. It is designed as a universal entry point for homeless services and will provide on-site intake, assessment and triage for homeless people, as well as assistance with crisis management, accessing benefits and finding housing.
It will also serve as an entry point for the Coordinated Entry System (CES) and coordinate with the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH), among other partners, to assist clients in reaching their housing goals.
The Housing Navigation Center will be operated by Family Health Centers of San Diego, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable, high-quality health care and support services, with an emphasis on the uninsured, low-income and medically underserved.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer will open the new center Monday morning during a press conference, which will be followed by a tour of the facility at 1401 Imperial Ave. in East Village, according to the Mayor’s office.
The Mayor will be joined by Casey Nguyan, Director of Housing First Administration, San Diego Housing Commission; Cathryn Nacario, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance on Mental Illness San Diego; Betsy Brennan, President & CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership; and other partners offering services at the center.
— Staff report