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Ending Youth Homelessness with San Diego Youth Services – Songs for Shelter 2020

Ending youth homelessness with San Diego Youth Services

At San Diego Youth Services, we provide a home for homeless children and young adults, along with the tools and training they need to become self-sufficient and create a healthy path in life. We believe every child deserves to reach their full potential.

San Diego’s youth homeless crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the severity of San Diego County’s heartbreaking and invisible youth homeless problem. There are over 1,500 homeless youth on the streets of San Diego every day and that number is increasing during the pandemic.

Homeless youth often have horrific experience on the streets, including human trafficking, assault and sexual violence. They often struggle with their mental health and are unable to finish school or find a job to support themselves. These children and young adults are never given the opportunity for a bright, productive future that all children deserve.

San Diego Youth Services gave me the counseling and solid foundation I needed to become a successful member of society. They helped me to find a place to live, find the treatment I needed and provided counseling…I will forever be grateful for everything they did for me and helped me do for myself.” – Samantha Brenner, youth

Ending the cycle of homelessness

San Diego Youth Services works to end the cycle of homelessness. Through our services, we move homeless youth into our safe and stable housing. We provide safe places to live and long-term solutions for teens and young adults who otherwise would have nowhere to go. 

We also offer the tools and training homeless youth need to become self-sufficient to create a healthy and productive path in life. Our work embraces all youth regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion or sexual orientation.

Our dream is for every child to have a safe home in a safe community, free from gangs, drugs and violence. We will not stop until there are no more homeless children in San Diego. But we can’t do it alone, we need your help.


Learn more about our services