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ECS Safe Haven Housing



Uptown Safe Haven is a residential facility that provides food, transitional housing, case management, and supportive services to chronically homeless single adults with moderate to severe mental health issues. Residents experience supportive communal living in an alcohol and drug-free environment. In partnership with Community Research Foundation, we provide clients with secure permanent housing, employment counseling, educational guidance, disability income enrollment assistance, a manageable mental health plan, access to onsite support groups, and services focused on skill development and recovery.

Our residents work with staff to set and work toward individualized goals. The length of stay for each resident ranges from several months to two years, with 18 months being an average stay. 78% of our residents transition to permanent housing when they complete their time at one of our Safe Havens.


We offer a “grace based” program to residents, realizing they will struggle along their journey. We continue to hold the hope until they are ready to move forward and succeed. Consistent with this, Uptown Safe Haven utilizes “housing first” and harm reduction approaches to transitional housing, so while our residence is alcohol and drug-free, residents do not need to be clean and sober before coming to us or while living there. However, there is an expectation that residents will work toward abstinence while at the Safe Haven. Housing is viewed as a first step toward stability, a “safe haven” where folks can work on all of their goals, including sobriety.

Weekly community meetings and art workshops, group meals, pet therapy, monthly BBQs, field trips, and holiday celebrations support the strengthening of interpersonal and other life skills and provide opportunities for expression and celebration. Volunteer support enhances holiday celebrations in valuable ways. 

Uptown Safe Haven is located in the Banker's Hill neighborhood of San Diego. It houses up to 19 single adults at a time and is funded by the County of San Diego and the San Diego Housing Commission.

Important Program Update: As of the spring 2017, ECS is no longer operating Downtown Safe Haven. You can read the full story about this transition here.

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This notice describes how information about clients may be used and disclosed and how clients can get access to this information. Clients are encouraged to review this notice carefully.
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