How has The Salvation Army been helping the homeless in San Diego?

The Salvation Army has been sheltering the homeless and helping those in need in San Diego since 1887

Opening in Fall of 2020 at The Door of Hope, where we’ve been helping mothers and

children since the 1960’s, the $20 million Rady Residence will add 136 beds to

shelter and support families experiencing homelessness.

Next, to increase our impact even more, our vision is to redevelop a city block

we own downtown with a transformational $80 million facility to help women

and men experiencing homelessness, The Rady Center.

The Rady Center

The Rady Center At a Glance

  • The Rady Center complex will have 200 units of transitional housing and up to 200 units of permanent supportive and low-income housing.
  • The Rady Center will also provide support services, case management, a market, a cafe, entrepreneurship opportunities for the homeless and much more.
  • Residents will have full access to The Salvation Army’s job training programs, mentorship, rehab facilities, job placement programs, and housing specialists.
  • Cost: $80 million to be raised from private philanthropy, government support, tax credits and partnerships.
  • Location: Downtown block at 7th and E streets owned by The Salvation Army.
  • Impact: 7,100 homeless men and women will be sheltered at the Rady Center over the next 10 years.
  • The Salvation Army is leading this project with a very generous 1:1 challenge grant of up to $35 million, from Ernest and Evelyn Rady. The $35 million will establish a permanent endowment to sustain the Rady Center and TSA’s homeless programs for generations to come.

How Big is The San Diego Region’s Homeless Problem?

Homelessness takes a toll on the San Diego region’s economy, environment, housing, health care and criminal justice systems. The problem is exacerbated by the high cost of housing.

San Diego has the fourth largest homeless population in the United States. Homelessness impacts the quality of life for all San Diegans where, on any given night, the county-wide homelessness population exceeds 8,000 men, women and children.

The estimated cost of an individual who is homeless living on the street in San Diego County

The Salvation Army’s estimated cost for an individual receiving housing and case management services

This represents an annual savings of 40% per person

How Will The Rady Projects Reduce Homeless in

San Diego County?

These two new facilities will be so much more than simply temporary shelters.

  • When the new Rady Residence at The Door of Hope opens in the fall of 2020, an estimated 670 lives will be transformed annually at The Door of Hope with a ten year impact of helping 6,430 people go from Homeless to Home.

  • The Rady Center when completed will help an estimated 15,000 individuals in need annually by providing shelter and a variety of community support services.

    What is The Salvation Army’s Track Record of Success Getting the Homeless Permanently House?


    On average, 80% of people served in our residential homeless programs exit to permanent housing.

    Why The Salvation Army?

    The Salvation Army has the leadership, history and longevity that is critical to making an impact on significantly reducing homelessness in San Diego County for generations to come.

    The Salvation Army has launched its Way Out Initiative to double its programs to alleviate homelessness in the Western U.S. in ten years.

    I think it’s a well-known organization, and it’s one of the best in the country for sure. We don’t describe it to anybody, we just say Salvation Army, and there’s a Latin expression, called Res ipsa loquitur, the matter speaks for itself… you guys don’t need explanation.

    Ernest Rady

    How Will These Projects Be Paid For?

    The Salvation Army is in a comprehensive campaign to secure private philanthropic anchored by a generous lead gift from Ernest and Evelyn Rady.


    The Salvation Army is also securing city, county, state support and collaborations and partnerships.

    The long-term sustainability for the funding of The Salvation Army’s homeless programs in San Diego can be ensured thanks to a generous 1:1 challenge grant from Ernest and Evelyn Rady. They will match every dollar raised up to $35 million to create a permanent endowment for homeless programs.

    How Can I Help?

    Make a Gift

    Your generous gift may be pledged over several years.

    And it will be matched.

    Get Involved

    Host a gathering to help us reach out and engage new supporters.

    Encourage Engagement

    Be a community connector and help us reach out to other community leaders and stakeholders.

    For more information, contact:

    Michele Prosser, CFRE
    Capital Campaign Director
    619.446.0276 office
    619.846.8541 mobile

    The Rady Center

    Total Impact: The Rady Center will impact 15,000 individuals in need annually by providing shelter and a variety of community support services.