The City of Encinitas collaborates with many agencies and non-profit organizations to provide resources to those experiencing homelessness, as well as develop solutions for reducing or preventing homelessness.


Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) operates Safe Parking Programs in San Diego and one lot in Encinitas. For more information on their program visit their website or call (858) 637-3373.

According to JFS, the Safe Parking Program provides a safe environment for unsheltered homeless living out of their vehicles while offering resources and services to help them stabilize and transition back into permanent housing. The program includes parking spaces for up to 25 vehicles on an existing parking lot on Leichtag Commons that would be available from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. seven days a week. It will be managed by four staff, who offer on-site support for services, and overnight security will be provided on site.Program participants will be pre-screened at an offsite location, and walk-ins/drive-ins will not be permitted. Click here for FAQ on the proposed safe parking program. Click here for additional questions and answers received regarding the program.

On Nov. 20, 2019, JFS presented the proposed Safe Parking Program to the Encinitas City Council. At that meeting, staff was directed to prepare the necessary agreements to allow the Safe Parking Program for the City Council to review at a future meeting.

On January 14, 2020, the City of Encinitas hosted a public forum to discuss the proposed Jewish Family Service (JFS) Safe Parking Program. During the forum, City staff provided information on the proposed program.
Presentation     Audio Recording

On Jan. 22, 2020, at the City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting, the Safe Parking Program at Leichtag Commons was approved. To view the staff report and attachments, click here and scroll to item 10 A

For more information, please contact Principal Planner Jennifer Gates at (760) 633-2714 or by email at [email protected]


Catholic Charities   
Catholic Charities operates a year-round emergency shelter for men only.

La Posada de Guadalupe
 2478 Impala Drive
 Carlsbad, CA 92010
 (760) 929-2322

Community Resource Center
The Community Resource Center operates an emergency shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. (877) 633-1112


Interfaith Shelter Network
The Interfaith Shelter Network is a collaborative effort by social service agencies and the faith-based community to provide case management and shelter for those experiencing homelessness. The Network consists of three primary programs: The Rotational Shelter, El Nido Transitional Living, and Rapid Re-Housing Assistance. For more information, call (619) 702-5399


Community Resource Center (CRC)
CRC offers many services including temporary motel vouchers, food assistance, and wrap-around services to assist low-income residents and those experiencing homelessness.
Contact: (760) 753-8300 or visit  the social service office at 650 Second Street, Encinitas, CA, 92024

COVID-19 UPDATE: CRC is continuing to provide services in their Food and Nutrition Center (FNC), Integrative Services (IS) and Domestic Violence departments. The current hours are as follows:

Food & Nutrition Center: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Integrative Services: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Those in need of assistance outside of these hours, can email CRC intake desk at [email protected] or call (760) 753-8300. Those in need of Domestic Violence resources can call CRC 24 hour hotline at (877) 633-1112

Opening Doors Encinitas On April 27, 2016, the Encinitas City Council approved a one-year pilot project for the local implementation of Opening Doors. Opening Doors funding was renewed for FY 2017-18 and also for FY 2018-19. With the City's support of $107,905 in General Funds each year, CRC has been successful in administering Opening Doors and exceeding the annual program goals.

Opening Doors is a program aimed at assisting those experiencing homelessness secure permanent housing. Employing the Housing First model, Opening Doors pairs homeless households with a housing navigator. The housing navigator conducts a standardized assessment, determines an appropriate housing solution, identifies available resources, and helps find and secure permanent housing.

During FY 2017-18, CRC assisted 201 unduplicated households. Notably, CRC helped 48 formerly homeless households (67 individuals) secure permanent housing, exceeding the goal of 32. Of the 48 households that secured permanent housing:

-15 percent were veterans

-15 percent were families

-81 percent found housing in North County, of which 21 percent found housing in Encinitas

To learn more, volunteer, or if you know of a household that can benefit from this program, please contact the Housing Navigator, Azucena Acosta: (760) 815-3579 or email at [email protected].

The Alliance for Regional Solutions (ARS)
ARS is a coalition of North San Diego County Cities and social service agencies working together to create practical solutions to emerging community needs.

Interfaith Community Services
Interfaith Community Services is an organization consisting of faith-based communities and public and private entities to offer a range of services and programs to low-income residents and those experiencing homelessness. For more information, call the Coastal Service Center:  (760) 721-2117 or for Veteran’s Services: (760) 529-9979.

2-1-1 San Diego
2-1-1 San Diego is a resource and information database that connects people with community services through a free, 24/7 phone service and online database. Residents can search a directory of over 6,000 health and human service programs. Search 2-1-1 Service Directory for services offered in North County San Diego, or widen your search to the greater San Diego County area. Another option is to dial 2-1-1, and press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish and 3 for all other languages.

San Diego Housing Resources Directory
The County of San Diego prepares the Housing Resources Directory to provide a comprehensive list of the housing services and resources across the San Diego County region. 2016-2018 San Diego Housing Resources Directory.

St. Andrews Church Food Pantry
Every Thursday from 3-4 p.m., St. Andrews Church sets up a supermarket-style food pantry to serve the community. Fresh produce, meat, canned goods, rice, beans, baby food, etc. is available to anyone who needs it. No proof of need is required. 

VA San Diego Healthcare System Resource Guide
The Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System has published a Resource Guide with resources available to veterans.