Community Action Partnership of San Diego County


About San Diego County’s Community Action Partnership

San Diego County’s Community Action Partnership (CAP) is the region’s Community Action Agency.  Established in 1964 as part of the Economic Opportunity Act, Community Action Agencies help people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency.  San Diego County’s CAP administers programs for low-income individuals, families and communities that promote the vision of Live Well San Diego to improve the health, safety and quality of life for all county residents. 

CAP is administratively located under the Health and Human Services Agency, Office of Strategy and Innovation of the County of San Diego. CAP administers the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Refugee Employment Services (RES) allocations for the San Diego region.



"Community action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other."



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


Community Action Board:

The Community Action Board (CAB) advises the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the Health and Human Services Agency concerning CAP programs. CAB meets once a month, scheduled regularly on the second Thursday between 3:30 and 5:00 pm.

If you are interested in learning more about CAB or applying for a seat, click the link below or call (619) 338-2799 for more information. 

CAB Advisory Board Application

More information on the Community Action Board, including meeting agendas and minutes



Community Action Plan 2018-2019

Every two years CAP works with members of the community through public hearings and needs assessments to develop a two year plan to fight poverty in San Diego County.

Click Here to view the 2018-19 CAP Plan

          Click Here to view the 2016-17 CAP Plan


Strategic Plan 2015-2020

A living document that serves as a roadmap to help CAP as a whole reflect on its mission, outcomes and future direction.

Click Here to view CAP Strategic Plan


Strategic Plan Update

Click Here for Calendar Year 2017 Strategic Plan Report


Refugee Plan 2017-2019

CAP and Refugee Services work together to link Family Self-Sufficiency Program Services to Refugees.

Click Here to view the 2017-2019 Refugee Plan

Refugee Resident Leadership Academy (RLA) Report - English Language Version

Refugee Resident Leadership Academy (RLA) Report - Somali Language Version

Refugee Resident Leadership Academy (RLA) Report - Arabic Language Version


Community Action Partnership contracts with various agencies for support of the following programs and services:

Communities in Action

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Live Well San Diego Exchange

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Family Self-Sufficiency Services at The O'Farrell Charter Schools

Keep 'Em Safe Program (Child Passenger Safety Program)

Refugee Employment Services

Vocational English as a Second Language

Elder-Multicultural Access and Support Services

Other CAP Initiatives


For additional services offered through the Health and Human Services Agency, please click on the link below:

Additional Services






For more information on CAP and Refugee Services, please send us an email or call 619-338-2799.