General Homeless Programs

East County Housing Connections (ECHC)

East County Housing Connections provides Mobile Outreach Team services, housing assessment, and housing navigation/case management services for homeless families (including veterans) and individuals in East County. The Mobile Outreach Team offers lifesaving services to people experiencing homelessness in East County who cannot yet make the transition to housing. The Housing Navigator provides rapid rehousing, connecting individuals and providing financial assistance to acquire permanent housing.

The ECHC, of which all services are conducted off-site, connects with and meets the immediate needs of 570+ unsheltered homeless people on the street in need of services.

*View our Mobile Outreach Team Calendar HERE! 


Project Homeless Connect (PHC)

Project Homeless Connect began in 2004 in San Francisco to support the national initiative to end chronic homelessness. Project Homeless Connect now occurs across the United States in all major cities. This event brings necessary services to the homeless men, women, and families in our community in one location, on one day. Each year, more than 35 service providers, non-profit groups, congregations, and government agencies attend and 175 homeless people participate.

Crisis House hosts the San Diego East County event annually

This comprehensive resource fair provides:

  • Connections to housing

  • DMV/California Identification

  • Social security vouchers

  • Employment

  • Haircuts,

  • Hygiene kits

  • Veterans assistance

  • Medi-cal/CalFresh enrollment

  • Personal storage

  • Legal aid

  • Clothing

  • Mobile medical clinic

  • Mental health counseling

  • Pastoral care

  • Substance abuse

  • Mental health services


Annual Point-in-Time Count (PITC) 

The annual Point-in-Time Count measures the prevalence of homelessness in each community and collect information on individuals and families residing in emergency shelters and transitional housing, as well as on people sleeping on the streets, in cars, abandoned properties, or other places not meant for human habitation.

Crisis House conducts this annual survey of homeless individuals in San Diego as a Continuum of Care (CoCs) agency, on behalf of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

HUD uses the data from PIT counts to evaluate the effectiveness of local agencies' efforts to address homelessness and to determine funding amounts for them, and also compiles it into the Annual Homeless Assessment Report, which is provided to Congress.

Project Homeless Connect