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), Eligibility Operations, and has oversight of the Office of Refugee Coordination

CAP’s primary target populations include very low income (100% or below the FPL) families and work-ready refugee families who have been in the country for 60 months or less.  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 two planning documents: 

Mission:  To empower economically disadvantaged individuals and families, including newly arriving refugees, to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency and well-being. 

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

San Diego County Afghan Refugee Taskforce: Click here for the Agenda.




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 Services

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.

Resident Leadership Academy Survey Results Here

Countywide: Community Health Improvement Partners

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


Walk N Roll Pedestrian and bicycle safety through trainings and support to resident-driven community improvement projects. 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. Interfaith Shelter Network 

Project MOST

Training and technical assistance to small, minority owned businesses to help them expand and grow.

Countywide:  RISE San Diego



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:  Education Compact

N. Coastal:  North County Lifeline

Refugee Employment Services

Employment activities for newly arriving refugee families receiving CalWORKS to help them exit public assistance quickly.

East, Central, and South Regions:  Public Consulting Group

North Regions: Equus (formerly known as ResCare)

Vocational English as a Second Language

ESL targeting immediate employment in the U.S., as well as support to upgrade to higher paying jobs.

East and Central:  International Rescue Committee

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.


Additional Information:  Click on the associated icon for more information on the following topics:




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

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