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Ending Homelessness in Downtown San Diego


The Downtown San Diego Partnership is a leading partner towards the campaign to end homelessness in downtown San Diego.There are several programs and organizations that are providing positive results for ending homelessness in San Diego—one person at a time. Among these are the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Make Change Count and Work Your Way Home programs.

In 2011, the Downtown San Diego Partnership launched a new program designed to discourage panhandling by providing the public an opportunity to donate directly to programs and services to end homelessness. Red meters–also known as donation stations–were placed throughout the neighborhoods of downtown, allowing the public to make donations directly to help fund move-in kits and vouchers for services as part of the Ending Homelessness Downtown Campaign. See below to find out where these meters are placed.

In addition, the Downtown San Diego Partnership launched the Work Your Way Home program, providing people the opportunity to work with our Clean and Safe maintenance program in exchange for travel services back home to their loved ones.

To date, we have housed over 250 of the most vulnerable homeless individuals and reconnected more than 70 individuals with their families all over the country. Through these efforts, we are providing responsible solutions to those displaced, and in turn, reducing the need for panhandling on our streets.

Recent News

1/7/13 – Port Tidelands Collaboration Announcement to End Homelessness

12/17/13 – San Diego City Council Proclaims “Make Change Count” Day

11/25/13 – Downtown San Diego Partnership Launches “Make Change Count” 

11/25/13 – CBS 8: New donation meters launched downtown

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Support the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Make Change Count program by dropping some change–or by using a credit card at one of the many donation stations located throughout Downtown. Or, you can click here to donate online.

The donations are collected as the meters fill up and are turned over to the Downtown San Diego Partnership Foundation, a 501(c)3, which supports the Ending Homelessness Campaign. The funds help pay for homeless efforts including:

  • Move-In Kits*
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Work Your Way Home Program
  • Items to assist with preparing for job interviews

*What are “move-in kits?”

Move-in kits help the homeless in downtown San Diego transition from the streets to supportive housing by providing them with a little help to get them on their feet. The kits cost $1,000 each and can cover household basics, such as furniture, kitchen and bathroom supplies, and even first and last month’s rent. In addition to public donations from the stations, the kits are also supported through private donations.

donation-stationDonation Station Locations:

  • Broadway Circle, Horton Plaza
  • 1st Avenue Entrance, Horton Plaza
  • 600 West Broadway, One American Plaza, Irvine Company
  • 101 West Broadway, Irvine Company
  • 225 Broadway, Irvine Company
  • 401 B Street, Irvine Company (Wells Fargo Building)
  • 1050 Park Blvd, Smart Corner
  • 1 Market Place, Manchester Grand Hyatt
  • 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
  • One Park Boulevard, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
  • Island between 4th and 5th Avenues

**Are you interested in installing a donation station on your property? Call our Clean & Safe office at (619) 234-8900 for more information.

You can also donate at any one of the following Downtown establishments and eateries:

  • RA Sushi
  • Tender Greens
  • Los Panchos on 5th & E
  • Gaslamp Tavern
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Café Lulu
  • Whiskey Girl
  • Gaslamp 15 Cinemas
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Ciro’s 
  • CVS
  • Wet Willie’s
  • Heavenly Cupcake
  • House of Blues

 Work your way home: where are they going?

The map below shows where more than 70 individuals have gone to be reunited with their families via the “Work Your Way Home” program. This program allows individuals to work with our Clean and Safe maintenance crews in exchange of a bus ticket home to their loved one(s). Our homeless outreach coordinators make sure they communicate with the persons on the other end to make sure its a safe and stable environment.

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Who made this possible?IPS-Group-Logo

The Downtown San Diego Partnership would like to thank IPS for their generous donation of the high-tech, solar powered meters.

“San Diego is not only our headquarters; it’s our home. We are proud to partner with the Downtown San Diego Partnership and reinvest in the communities in which we do business.” –Dave King, President & CEO, IPS Group, Inc.

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We would also like to thank Cox Communications in San Diego for their financial contributions that help us keep many of these programs running.

The Downtown San Diego Partnership would also like to thank Westfield at Horton Plaza for donating the space to house the first 3 Donation Stations in San Diego!

Donations can be made at the Donation Stations using coins or credit cards.  If you’d prefer, you can send a check made payable to: Downtown San Diego Partnership Foundation to 401 B Street,Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92101. You can also make a donation by clicking on the “Donate” button above. Our payment system is secure and safe.

For more information, contact the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean & Safe Program at (619) 234-8900.