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. For more information, please contact Housing Services Manager Christian Gutierrez at (760) 633-2683 or by email at [email protected]

The City has developed a Homeless Action Plan. See the HAP webpage for more information.

Please see the Homeless Resources webpage for resources for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Homeless Outreach Program for Empowerment (HOPE)

The HOPE program teams a Sheriff’s Deputy from the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) with a HHSA social worker to make contact with individuals experiencing homelessness in Encinitas and connect them with various resources to assist them in finding permanent housing. The program commenced in June 2020. If you have concerns related to encampments or unsheltered individuals please report through MyEncinitas or contact the San Diego County Sheriff Department North Coastal Station non-emergency line: 858-565-5200. If it is an emergency please dial 911.

JFS Safe Parking Program

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 is 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 an updated FAQ on the safe parking program.

Safe Parking Weekly Data is available on the JFS website.

Monthly Data:     February 2020 - April 2022

For more information on their program visit their website or call (858) 637-3373.

Opening Doors Encinitas 

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.

To learn more, volunteer, or if you know of a household that can benefit from this program, please contact CRC’s Housing Navigators at 760-300-3238 or email at [email protected].