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Coronavirus and Homelessness

Protecting the health of all San Diegans is our top priority. The City of San Diego is taking measures in consultation with, and at the direction of, County public health officials to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 among our homeless population. 

Early on, the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, Regional Task Force on the Homeless and San Diego Housing Commission came together to establish a Homeless Operations Branch under the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate the needs, resources and logistics of homeless service operations. This team makes key decisions to protect this at-risk population.

Steps Taken

Steps taken to protect people experiencing homeless include:

  • Opening the San Diego Convention Center as a regional shelter for homeless individuals to provide proper physical distancing among current shelter residents and consolidate staffing resources across shelter providers. See below for more information. 
  • Installation of handwashing stations in the City of San Diego. 
  • Procurement of hotel and motel rooms by the County to temporarily isolate individuals who may have symptoms, including hundreds specifically allocated to RTFH to assist homeless individuals.
  • Public health nurses are deployed to shelters across the region.
  • Public health nurses have been assigned to Homeless Outreach Teams to educate individuals living on the streets, in the canyons and in the riverbed about COVID-19.
  • Assessing supply needs with homeless service providers on a regular basis and assisting when possible to distribute items based on needs.

Operation Shelter to Home at the San Diego Convention Center


Operation Shelter to Home launched on April 1, 2020, by moving individuals already in shelters into the San Diego Convention Center to allow for proper physical distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19. On March 5, 2021, Mayor Todd Gloria announced that residents of the operation at the San Diego Convention Center would be safely relocated back to the City’s reconfigured shelters, where they will continue to receive shelter and services. 

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Housing the Homeless

One of the core missions of Operation Shelter to Home is to find permanent housing for individuals. Case managers and housing navigators are focused on identifying the most appropriate exit strategy for shelter clients and working to end their cycle of homelessness, with the goal of ultimately reducing the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in San Diego.

Landlord Engagement and Assistance Program (LEAP)

Help San Diego's homeless through the San Diego Housing Commission's Landlord Engagement and Assistance Program (LEAP).

With rental homes that already exist in the market, landlords provide the best opportunity to quickly move individuals and families out of shelters and into a home of their own. Help San Diego's homeless by joining the San Diego Housing Commission's Landlord Engagement and Assistance Program (LEAP). The program provides landlords financial incentives while they may be experiencing economic challenges of their own due to COVID-19. 

Learn more about LEAP