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Interim Housing

St. Vincent de Paul Village provides interim and transitional housing on a four-block campus in downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood. Residential services are located on this campus at the Joan Kroc Center, the Bishop Maher Center and the Paul Mirabile Center. For more information about each of the buildings, click here. Interim housing is available for single adults or families in the Rapid Rehousing program or who are able to obtain self-sufficiency within 120 days. Transitional housing is an option for those who need more support in order to obtain self-sufficiency.

Nightly, the Village houses 851 homeless single adults and families with children. The Village CREED of Compassion, Respect, Empathy, Empowerment and Dignity is at the forefront of Residential Services. Their mission is to assist residents in regaining independence by providing a stable living environment, the guidance and support of a multidisciplinary team and access to appropriate resources that support them in reaching their self-sufficiency goals. Residential staff provides critical support 24 hours a day to residents in their living environment. The members of the transformational teams have office space in each of the residential buildings to facilitate easy interaction between staff and residents. Each facility is meticulously maintained by Facilities staff and residents participating in Shared Living Responsibilities. In addition, facilities are staffed with a security team and equipped with cameras in public areas to ensure the safety of our campus.


  • 2,565 residents and tenants were housed in 2010.
  • In 2010, 1,046 (85%) of residents served reported on a satisfaction survey that they felt informed and supported to maintain their housing

Homeless Prevention Services

One of our points of entry is the front desk of the Joan Kroc Center. Staff and volunteers greet visitors and clients personally and provide critical information and referrals to appropriate services.

Homeless Prevention Services staff also provides housing assessments, interventions to prevent homelessness, and case management through the shelter diversion and rapid re-housing team. Staff members compile and maintain the wait list to enter the Village's interim and transitional housing programs.

St. Vincent de Paul Village partners with Veteran's Village of San Diego and Interfaith Community Services to provide homeless prevention services and permanently house 100 veteran families each year. These services targeting OEF/OIF veterans are provided under the Veteran Homelessness Prevention Demonstration grant in only five areas throughout the United States.

Additionally, St. Vincent de Paul Village hosts satellite offices for Legal Aid, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, Episcopal Community Services, Veterans Administration, and Travelers Aid.


  • Of 177 people served by the shelter diversion and rapid re-housing team, 115 (65%) obtained or maintained permanent housing in 2010.
  • 2,000 members of the community are served annually with 2,900 incidents of face-to-face information or referral.


The Village's two kitchens operate 365 days a year serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to residents. In addition, a hot meal is served daily to our non-resident neighbors.

1.1 million meals are prepared annually for our residents and our neighbors in need, translating to the production of more than 3,000 meals daily. Menus are cost-effective, well-balanced and nutritious. The Village's food service professionals incorporate donations of food into daily menus to enhance nutrition and variety at each meal.

Hot Meal Service (open to anyone)
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.


  • In 2010, the Food Services program served meals to more than 10,000 individuals, including 600 children.

Village Family Health Center

Our licensed Federally Qualified Health Center provides primary care, dental, psychiatry, prevention screenings, health education, and many other specialty services to more than 3,000 neighbors in need annually. Our physicians and health educators help patients control chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, which often lead to acute crises, thereby saving lives, improving quality of life and preventing even more emergency room visits.

Our patients have severe and complex medical and mental health conditions. Some of these clients have been homeless for years, but with our treatment they are stabilized and can obtain employment and permanent housing. Our clinic has served as the medical home for people in the Serial Inebriate Program, a program for people with severe alcohol dependence, since 1995; starting in 2011 has also been the medical home for people in Project 25, a program for homeless people with extremely high use of hospitals and emergency rooms. In addition, our restorative dentistry program also transforms our clients' lives by providing dentures for those who have had severe tooth decay. By restoring their smile we enhance their appearance and their self-esteem which makes it possible for them to find stable employment and permanent housing.

In addition, in an effort to integrate into the San Diego community and provide exceptional quality care for our clients, the health center has maintained a longstanding partnership with the University of California, San Diego, and is the primary training site for their Combined Family Medicine and Psychiatry Residency Program. These unique physicians can assess both the medical and psychiatric needs of clients "in one white coat". This is a key component in what Father Joe calls "The University of The Human Spirit" where medical students and patients learn from each other, each offering the other improved quality of life and an invaluable education. The clinic also serves as a training site for residents from UCSD Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry, and from Scripps Chula Vista Family Medicine training programs. Finally, many volunteers from the community also participate in this transformational relationship by donating their time and skills to provide care for our neighbors in need. Volunteers and clients alike are enriched by the experience.

You can learn more about volunteering, click here.


  • In 2010, 3,600 emergency room visits were prevented which saved tax payers over $7,000,000.
  • The cost of an average ER visit in San Diego is $762.00 according to the 100,000 Homes National Campaign Downtown San Diego Partnership Registry Week Report.
  • The average cost of an ambulance ride is $1,248 according to Dr. James Dunford, Medical Director for the San Diego County's Emergency Medical Services.
  • 56% of patients treated for diabetes and/or hypertension in 2010 saw their physical health improve.
  • 55% of patients seen by psychiatrists in 2010 experienced improvement or stabilization of psychiatric functioning or symptoms.

Mobile Health Clinic

Due to funding cuts, our clinic-on-wheels ceased operation on May 2, 2013.
We are very proud of the outreach work that our dedicated medical professionals have been able to accomplish over the years to serve homeless people on the street at a variety of sites throughout downtown San Diego. Our goal was always to reduce barriers to accessing healthcare and create an additional point of entry for other Village services by building trust with those who need these services. Our Mobile Clinic made great strides in addressing the immediate survival needs and severe illnesses that kept people from seeking mental health or medical treatment on their own. These clients would have ended up in the emergency room were it not for the hard work and dedication our mobile services teams. We thank each of them for their service.


  • The Mobile Health Clinic provided 2,333 healthcare visits in 2010.

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