If you are homeless, the first step in accessing one of our housing or shelter programs is getting entered into the coordinated entry system by having an assessment called the VI-SPDAT completed. Assessment centers, including Interfaith Community Services, can be found by clicking here. All homeless community members interested in our housing or shelter programs must have a VI-SPDAT assessment completed prior to program consideration.
Interfaith offers emergency rental or mortgage assistance, as well as motel vouchers to prevent imminent homelessness.
To see if you are eligible for our homeless prevention services, please visit one of our service centers during their listed walk-in hours below:
Inland Service Center Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Coastal Service Center Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Carlsbad Service Center Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Interfaith's Haven House Shelter provides emergency housing for up to 49 homeless men and women each night. Based in Escondido, Haven House focuses on providing services to those who already have a housing opportunity lined up or are focused on obtaining long term housing.
Interfaith offers temporary beds for veterans with or without a housing intervention already in place to assist in their transition from homelessness to permanent housing. This is a time to for veterans to work on their physical and mental health concerns, sobriety, employment training, weekly case management and short and long-term goals.
To be considered for this program, please visit:
Interfaith's Veteran Service Center: 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92058
Intake Hours: Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Phone Number: (760) 529-9979
Interfaith's short-term housing programs provide between one and two years of housing for homeless individuals and families. Along with housing, residents engage in comprehensive counseling and case-managed services. The shared goals of our transitional housing programs are to empower community members to regain stability and secure their own permanent housing upon program completion. Interfaith also offers a comprehensive Family Housing Program, in addition to specialized transitional housing for veterans, individuals overcoming addiction and individuals living with mental illness.
Interfaith offers a variety of permanent housing units and programs that provide safe and affordable housing for homeless community members. Interfaith works within a housing methodology that prioritizes moving homeless individuals into housing as quickly as possible while simultaneously providing right-sized supportive services. Interfaith also provides owned and operated supportive permanent housing for homeless disabled individuals, as well as families with a disabled adult family member. Interfaith’s Fairweather Lodge program based in Escondido and San Marcos provides permanent shared housing for mentally ill adults.
Lisa came to Interfaith in need of a place to recover after she found herself in the hospital with a broken hip, a result of her alcohol addiction. After her recovery, Lisa transitioned into Interfaith's Behavioral Health & Recovery Program, where she lived for a year and began practicing something that surprised her: art therapy. Today, Lisa is sober, lives in her own home in Encinitas and volunteers with Interfaith, teaching arts & crafts to veterans currently enrolled in the Recuperative Care Program. "Interfaith saved my life, no doubt about it. I wouldn't have lasted long on the streets; they gave me a home and my sobriety."
LISA - Behavioral Health & Recovery client
Both Jessica and Jacob came to Interfaith separately, before they were a couple, seeking food and employment assistance. While they worked independently to achieve self-sufficiency, they soon met, married and became parents to a baby girl. After enrolling in Interfaith's Family Housing Program, the couple moved into an apartment, learned how to be diligent in saving, enrolled in family counseling and today, are living on their own with their two children. "We had lost pretty much everything - and then we found Interfaith. We are so thankful for what we have and everything we've been given."
JESSICA AND JACOB - Housing clients
Lucilo first walked through Interfaith's doors by way of the food pantry; he regularly received nutrition assistance, including turkeys during Thanksgiving to supplement holiday meals. When he found himself homeless several years later, Lucilo again turned to Interfaith for help finding a place to live. Today, with Interfaith's help, he lives in a three-bedroom apartment with enough room for his two sets of twins, ages four and nine. "I never thought I would be asking for all this help, but life goes up and down. I'm just very lucky I found a place like Interfaith."
LUCILO - Social Services client
Griselda, a junior at El Camino High School, described herself as a quiet, shy girl who struggled in school prior to involving herself with Interfaith's Transitional Youth Academy. Today, thanks to the mentoring she received, a summer internship she secured and weekly leadership lunches with staff and other students, Griselda has improved her grades and has her sights set on college. "I feel like I can accomplish things now. I know now that I can set goals and achieve them on my own."
GRISELDA - Transitional Youth Academy client
Tony's journey with Interfaith began after he was laid off and found himself without a paycheck or health benefits. After talking with the social services team, Tony was able to obtain a security deposit for a new apartment, gain access to the emergency food pantry and was given a bus pass to get to and from work. "Interfaith kept me off the street. Without them, I don't know what I would've done."
TONY - Senior Services client