The Cortez Hill Family Center for homeless families is a program of the City of San Diego, administered by the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) and operated by Alpha Project for the Homeless.  The program offers 42 units for families with children experiencing homelessness and provides safe housing and supportive services needed to prepare for longer term or permanent housing, as well as successfully promoting self-sufficiency, wellness, and recovery.

Alpha Project prepares families at Cortez Hill for the most appropriate longer term/permanent housing interventions, contributing to the regional goals of ensuring instances of homelessness are rare, brief, and non-recurring. As an expert in best practices related to Housing First, harm reduction, trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, and shelter diversion strategies, Alpha Project utilizes these techniques and methods in its approach to the Program. Low barrier and client choice in nature, services offered include case management, counselling, children activities, AA/NA, Life Skills workshops, access to healthcare, and other critical wraparound services.

Prior to entry, all families complete an intake, screening, and assessment using the Coordinated Entry System (CES), the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and the community’s chosen assessment tool, the Vulnerability Index Family Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-F-SPDAT). Length of stay is classified as interim, with a goal of 90 days or less. For more information or to be put on the waitlist, call 619-577-4766 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This project is funded in part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the City of San Diego Affordable Housing Fund, administered by SDHC.

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