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Sunburst Youth Housing Project

In January 2005, after more than 3 1/2 years of hard work, The Center announced the creation of an innovative youth supportive housing project. This cutting-edge program is one of the first projects of its kind in the United States. The Youth Housing project provides 23 units of affordable, supportive housing for youth between 18-24 years of age, with a special focus on LGBTQ+ youth. These high-risk youth were living in the streets or in public spaces after having been ejected from their homes because of their sexual orientation.

This project has been made possible by the leadership and vision of Rev. Tony Freeman, Dr. Heather Berberet, San Diego City Councilmember Toni Atkins, Jennifer LeSar, The Center and its project collaborators -- YMCA Youth and Family Services, San Diego Youth and Community Services, Metropolitan Community Church, Walden Family Services and the Chadwick Center at Children’s Hospital.  We opened our doors to youth at the beginning of February 2006.

Program Description

The Center’s Youth Housing Project provides safe and supportive housing for San Diego’s homeless youth, including LBGT and HIV-positive youth. The 23-unit facility is located in downtown San Diego at 1640 Broadway, close to City College, public transportation, community health facilities and other essential resources. The facility is wheelchair accessible and contains two units that have been retrofitted to accommodate persons in wheelchairs. A major goal of YHP is to ensure that youth have easy access to needed services that will support them in maintaining stable housing.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be homeless as defined by HUD.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18-24 at time of application.
  • Applicants must meet low-income requirements.
  • Applicants must have a qualifying disability (mental health, chronic substance abuse or HIV/AIDS).
  • Applicants must be able to live independently.
  • Eligibility is based on the applicant’s current need, apartment availability and the application process.

Questions about eligibility and services may be directed to the YHP coordinator at YHP@thecentersd.org or 619.255.7854 x103.