Community Action Partnership

Community Action Partnership (CAP) is the region’s designated Community Action Agency, administering programs that empower economically disadvantaged communities and the residents that live there to achieve the vision of Live Well San Diego. CAP is administratively located under the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), The Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities

CAP’s primary target populations include very low income (125% or below the FPL) families. CAP services are driven by a community needs assessments that include feedback from key community sectors, including residents. The results of the needs assessments, including the services CAP provides in response to the findings, are outlined in the Community Action Plan. 

Mission: To create a sustainable, resilient, and equitable community that empowers the economically underserved to thrive through collaborative partnerships.

Programs: CAP programs are administered through contracted community partners. Information on services that CAP oversees are listed below, including links to provider sites.    

  • Note that programs may be operated by different providers depending on the location. Click here for a listing of HHSA Regions by zip code





Communities in Action

Support towards individual, family and community well-being, including:

  • Comprehensive Assessment of Household Needs
  • Stabilization Supports for Crisis Situations
  • Navigation of Income Support Services
  • Financial Literacy Services
  • Education/Development Classes
  • Resident Leadership Academy (RLA)
  • Ongoing Support to Local RLA Graduates

Central: Home Start, Inc.

East: International Rescue Committee

North Central: Jewish Family Service

North Inland: Interfaith Community Services

North Coastal: North County Lifeline

South: South Bay Community Services

Resident Leadership Academy (RLA) Coordination

Support of regional RLA efforts through a quarterly convening of RLA practitioners, as well as ongoing technical assistance and training for RLA practitioners.


Countywide: Community Health Improvement Partners

Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Implementation 









Part of the Community Health Workers (CHW)-Building Resilient Communities Program, CHWs are trained to reach and engage residents in order build capacity for community resilience against future emergencies. The program is designed to:
  • Improve public health services
  • Reduce health disparities
  • Provide free CHW certification trainings
  • Provide continuing education seminars
  • Maintain a Community Coalition of organizations

Countywide: SDSU Research Foundation










Community health Worker (CHW) Evaluation 









This evaluation will serve as a tool to assist the County in expanding the capacity of local CHWs and their outreach services to respond to public health emergencies.
  • Develop an evaluation design
  • Create and track outcome measures
  • Provide recommendations based on activities by CoSD and in support of the Community Health Workers Building Resilient Communities program contracted providers and partner organizations

Countywide: Health Management Associates










Community Health Worker (CHW) Coordination



Coordinate and deploy the local CHW workforce to:
  • Assist residents in navigating available resources
  • Improve public health services
  • Reduce health disparities

Countywide: US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership




Alternative Dispute Resolution


Free mediation services for community members provided to resolve conflict at the lowest level possible.

Countywide:   National Conflict Resolution Center

Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition


Co-leadership of the local EITC Coalition with the United Way and IRS, including joint funding of an EITC Coordinator position with the United Way. 

Countywide:  Dreams for Change


Live Well San Diego Exchange

Targeted training to at-risk populations regarding conflict management and collaborative communication, as well as facilitated Community Circles to support community dialogues around priority issues.

Countywide:   National Conflict Resolution Center


Keep Em’ Safe

Child passenger safety training and distribution of car seats to low-income families.

Countywide:   Pacific Safety Center




Pedestrian and bicycle safety through trainings and support to resident-driven community improvement projects.

Countywide: Circulate San Diego


Interfaith Rotational Shelter



Emergency shelter for homeless families and case management services to support transition to permanent housing offered during October – April.


Countywide: Interfaith Shelter Network 



Project MOST



Training and technical assistance to small, minority owned businesses in Southeast and Mid-City San Diego.


Countywide: The Prep Institute, LLC



Job readiness training and paid externships for socially and economically disadvantaged youth.

Countywide:   San Diego Workforce Partnership


Gang Prevention and Community Response


Services to support community efforts to address the negative impacts of gangs in low-income neighborhoods.

Central: UPAC

N. Inland: Escondido Education Compact  

N. Coastal: North County Lifeline

Whole Family / 2 Gen (WF2G)







Provide services that ensure a legacy of economic security is passed down from one generation to the next in historically disadvantaged communities.

Supports the vision of the County by promoting local community goals that build and support resilient families through various activities and engagements, including linking participants to services that support efforts toward self-sufficiency.

Social Advocates for Youth San Diego, Inc. (SAY San Diego)








For referrals to services, please dial 2-1-1

For more information about CAP, please call 619-338-2799 


For service referrals to these programs and others, individuals are encouraged to dial 2-1-1, San Diego’s resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services.

Community-based organizations interested in contract opportunities with CAP are encouraged to register with the County of San Diego’s Procurement System, Buynet.


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