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Homelessness Strategies and Solutions

Safe Sleeping Program

Tents at the 20th and B Street Safe Sleeping site

The City of San Diego established the Safe Sleeping Program, which offers safe, legal space as an alternative to traditional congregate shelters for people experiencing homelessness.

Safe Sleeping O Lot red tent

Services Offered





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  • Must be homeless as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) & be willing to self-certify as homeless as part of the enrollment process.
  • Must be 18 years old or older.
  • Reside in the City of San Diego.
  • Required to sign a Terms of Service Agreement.
  • Acknowledge the Rules and Regulations of the site.

Referral Process

Walk-up enrollment into the Safe Sleeping Program is not allowed. People can be referred to the City’s Safe Sleeping Program through the City’s Coordinated Street Outreach Program, the San Diego Police Department or by dialing 2-1-1.

What to Know About City Safe Sleeping Sites

What's Allowed

Domestic pets


Personal belongings

Enter and exit freely 

What's Not Allowed

Walk-Up Enrollment

On-site drug or alcohol use

Missed curfew 3+ times

Violent behavior

Registered sex offender

Are pets and service/emotional support animals allowed?

Yes. Pets are limited to domesticated animals. Generally, there are no restrictions on the size or breed of the pet that the client may bring in unless mandated by the service provider’s insurance carrier.

Clients are responsible for all aspects of the animal's care, maintenance and well-being.

Am I required to be sober or attend drug or alcohol classes?

All City-funded Safe Sleeping sites are considered low barrier. Per federal guidelines, sobriety or participation in supportive services is not required.

Can I access the Safe Sleeping Program and stay with my partner?

Yes. Couples are welcome. The tents are considered four-person tents and can accommodate couples to stay together.