About Urban Street Angels
Founded in 2012, Urban Street Angels is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization aimed at addressing youth homelessness in San Diego, CA and beyond. We began as a small group of volunteers hitting the streets of Ocean Beach several times a month with backpacks of supplies and home-cooked meals, but we quickly discovered that San Diego has a vast number of resources dedicated toward feeding and supplying the homeless. A key service was missing: transitional housing and work programs for transition-aged youth.
Transition-aged youth are individuals between the ages of 18 and 25. The needs of this demographic, largely ignored by support services, informed our growth toward our current mission:
To end youth homelessness by providing supportive housing and job training to cultivate personal responsibility.
We operate an emergency overnight shelter for 20-25 homeless youth. This shelter provides a much needed act of love and support for San Diego’s young homeless population. Our shelter currently operates weekly on Tuesday nights at MissionGathering Church in North Park. We also operate on two or more Fridays a month at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
In addition to addressing the immediate needs of San Diego’s homeless youth, many of our shelter guests go on to join our supportive housing and transitional employment, 8 West, where they receive the training and support necessary to leave the streets behind for good.