Who We Help


Crisis House provides humanitarian services to those in crisis in East San Diego County. The men, women, and children we support struggle to overcome complex and challenging circumstances, including domestic violence, addiction, health conditions, and lack of access to food and housing. Crisis House responds immediately to connect people to services that can help resolve life-endangering situations so they can renew their lives. 

In 2020, Crisis House connects more than 5,000 people to over 18,000 needed services each year. Emergency and Social Services include information and referral services, crisis intervention, case management, counseling, emergency food assistance, homeless outreach, day storage, mail service and telephone access. Individuals and families have access to the weekly Mobile Medical Unit, CalFresh (food stamps), health care coverage including MediCal, and reduced SDG& E utility rates. Crisis House staff and volunteers facilitate Project Homeless Connect East County, and the annual Point-in-Time Count of Homeless in El Cajon. Finally, during the holidays Crisis House’s Adopt-A-Family program provides less fortunate households with toys and food during the holiday season.


Crisis House operates four Journey housing programs for survivors of domestic violence and East County Housing Connections for the homeless. This year, the agency anticipates serving more than 600 people or 217 households, including more than 435 children, to prevent domestic violence and child abuse by offering comprehensive housing and wrap-around services for mothers and their children. Over 125 children traumatized by by domestic violence are served each year through Camp HOPE programming, including year-round mentorship and trauma-informed camperships.

Did You Know?

  • El Cajon has the highest poverty rate in San Diego County at 24.2%*

  • East County experienced a 3% increase in homelessness from 2016 – 2017*

  • The  chronically homeless in San Diego County increased from by 62 percent from 2016-2017*

  • Domestic violence is the most common cause of homicide in San Diego County;**

  • One in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime;***

  • Fifteen million children witness a form of domestic violence every year;***

  • Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families



* SD Regional Task Force on the Homeless (PIT data 2017)


** SAFEHORIZONS & Joyful Heart Foundation

**** ACLU Domestic Violence and Homelessness

Our Impact

To report domestic violence, contact the San Diego County Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-888-DV-LINKS or 1-888-385-4657

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