Social Services

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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

USCIS has published an updated Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants. The guide contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number and how the U.S. system of government works.

Available in 14 languages, this publication has recently been updated to include:

  • Revised and updated general information on policies, programs and resources;
  • A refreshed layout and design;
  • A new chapter called "Taking Care of Your Money" on personal finance, taxes and financial scams; and
  • A new chapter called "Understanding Education and Health Care" on the education system, adult education programs and the health insurance marketplace.
County of San Diego HHS

The Health and Human Services Agency is one of five groups or divisions of San Diego County government. The Agency provides a broad range of health and social services to promote wellness, self-sufficiency, and a better quality of life for individuals and families in San Diego County. 

CA Employment Development Department The Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) is a state-funded cash aid program for certain immigrants who are not eligible for the federally funded Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) program.
Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Service is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego. The Immigration Services Program is committed to providing low-cost immigration services to the entire San Diego community. We assist with citizenship & naturalization, replacement green cards, travel documents, family reunification, employment authorization, and administrative relief services.

San Diego Chinese Center Mission Statement The San Diego Chinese Center provides cultural programs and charitable services for the community.
Somali Family Service Somali Family Service, guided by its community champions, helps Somali and other African families in becoming responsible, independent and contributing members of San Diego through its programs that promote health, educational and economic success, and leadership efforts. Provide educational programs focusing on leadership skills, financial literacy, health education and career planning.
The Catholic Charities (CV) The Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego (CCDSD) provides immigrant services that foster family reunification, empowerment, and social integration by providing low-cost immigration services to eligible persons.
Chaldean-Middle Eastern Social Services  The Chaldean and Middle-Eastern Social Services (CMSS) assists the refugee communities to facilitate their acculturation into American society. To this end, CMSS educates and empowers resettling Chaldean and Middle-Eastern refugees by providing them with the primary healthcare, education and social service tools and programs necessary for comprehensive well-being and success in their new homeland.
The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) is a legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented immigrants in California. ICWC strives to provide security and stability for children who are abused, abandoned or neglected and for immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes.
Horn of Africa Established in 1995 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promoting the successful integration and physical and emotional health of the East African refugee population in San Diego. The Horn of Africa is the leading community-based organization representing and advocating for the comprehensive and diverse needs and opportunities of African refugees and immigrants in San Diego, with a particular emphasis on refugees from Somalia.
Chicano Federation
 

The Chicano Federation is one of San Diego's leading social services agencies providing child education, economic development, foster care, health and nutrition, and housing programs to more than 10,000 San Diegans a year. 

Irish Outreach San Diego  Established in 1999, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the Irish community in San Diego and throughout Southern California. They are the regional member center of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC). They are particularly focused on assisting new arrivals and the vulnerable and elderly in the Irish community.
Nile Sisters The Nile Sisters Development Initiative mission is to educate, support, and offer training to refugee and immigrant women and their families to help them overcome barriers to social and economic self-reliance.

Education

MABPA Mexican American Business and Professional Association MABPA was formed in 1978 to create a voice for Latinos in San Diego, encouraging Latino civic engagement with the intention of systematically changing the City's political climate to include Latino leadership at the highest levels of government and policy review boards, and as such, to effectively influence the decisions being made that affect the quality of life in the Latino community.

Employment

Go Staff Since its inception in 2001, Go-Staff has been filling job positions with the right talent. Go Staff attempts to match employees to companies based only on statistics and paperwork.
San Diego Job Corps Center At San Diego Job Corps, students receive the skills needed to succeed in today's workforce - at no cost to them or their families. 
San Diego Workforce Partnership Access offers classes in English as a second language (ESL), computer skills, and microenterprise development. Access also offers immigrants the opportunity to earn their primary or secondary school diploma. Except for ESL, these classes are all taught in Spanish. No fees or tuition are charged.
Center for Employment Training 900 training programs will prepare you with the skills and education needed to enter the workforce. Programs Include: Business office technology, green building construction skills, medical assistant, and welding Fabrication.
San Diego Job Corps Center At San Diego Job Corps, students receive the skills needed to succeed in today's workforce - at no cost to them or their families.
San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF) The San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF) bridges the digital divide in San Diego. SDFF provides equipment, software, training, services, and technical support to San Diego nonprofits, small businesses, and disadvantaged residents improving lives by increasing access to technology for low-income households, people with disabilities, and seniors.
Home Start: Financial Opportunity Center The Financial Opportunity Center is a career and personal financial service center that focuses on the financial bottom line for low-to-moderate income individuals by transforming people's financial behavior in a way that encourages them to make long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing expenses, and acquiring assets. The Financial Opportunity Center provides clients with: Employment placement and career improvement resources, financial education and coaching, and access to public benefits.
Welfare to Work The goal is to assist parents to obtain employment through job readiness and job search activities and other employment-directed activities. Supportive services, such as childcare, transportation payments and/or work related expenses, are available to those who participate in WTW.

Housing Assistance

San Diego Housing Commission  Established in 1979, the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) is a public agency that is dedicated to preserving and increasing affordable housing within the City of San Diego.
Section 8 rental assistance programs The Housing Authority of the County of San Diego has programs for low-income households to help them pay their rent. A portion of the rent is paid on behalf of the families directly to their landlords.
San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing The San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing is a dedicated group of professionals working together to ensure that all residents in San Diego County have equal access to housing.
San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation The San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation (SDIHF) builds and manages affordable housing units throughout San Diego County. Our mission is to enrich the lives of low and moderate income families, seniors and disabled persons through the provision of affordable housing.
Seasonal Rental Assistance Housing Program 

Crisis House provides emergency rental assistance to families and single adults who have received a 3 day notice-pay. Must be past due for the current month only and not on Section 8 while having a stable income. New move ins- Must be Homeless and have already qualified for a rental unit.

Areas Served: East Region of San Diego County. 

Maternity Shelter Program The Maternity Shelter Program provides safe, secure and supportive housing with intensive case management services for pregnant and parenting young women who are between 18 and 24 years old, and their dependent children. These women are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.
California Low Income Housing Lists low income and affordable apartments in San Diego, CA. Properties include HUD low income housing, public housing offered by housing authorities along with nonprofit organizations that help with low income housing needs.
San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing The San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing is a dedicated group of professionals working together to ensure that all residents in San Diego County have equal access to housing.
California Low Income Housing Lists low income and affordable apartments in San Diego, CA. Properties include HUD low income housing, public housing offered by housing authorities along with nonprofit organizations that help with low income housing needs.