STBH Program

Our Short-term and Bridge Housing program offers transitional-age youth housing for up to 9 months. We provide a continuum of services to help every youth successfully connect with community members and then transition them into their own home.


Urban Street Angels operates the only program focused on providing transitional, supportive housing and job training opportunities for transitional-age youth in the San Diego area. In partnership with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, we currently have 21 homeless youth living in our independent-living facilities in San Diego, under the supervision of onsite clinical staff. Our clinical staff utilizes an evidence-based practice featuring a harm reduction model with trauma-informed care. In order to remain “in good standing” in the program, the youth have a series of objectives that must be met. They meet regularly for counseling, both with County agencies and our clinical team. Some have substance abuse or other treatment programs to attend; others are enrolled in programs to complete their GED or college coursework. These are some of the typical elements of the program plans we oversee, which focuses on personal responsibility and hope.


Since 2012, Urban Street Angels has helped over 3,000 transitional-age (TAY, 18 – 25 years old). Our Short-term and Bridge Housing program is a sustainable solution to TAY homelessness and we strive to help hundreds of homeless youth break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. TAY Youth have the opportunity to participate in job training through our social enterprise, 8 West. Our youth receive vital job skills training, and learn to handcraft a premium line of bath, shower, and spa products in the process. In partnership with the County of San Diego HHSA/BHS, Urban Street Angels currently has 21 homeless youth living in our independent-living facility. Our goal is to help more than 100 homeless youth by 2020, and over 500 homeless youth by 2025.


Transitional-age youth (TAY) tends to be a hidden, underserved population that have a harder time accessing services, including shelter, medical care and employment. Studies show youth often have traumatic childhood experiences prior to becoming homeless.

Youth who have been involved in foster care and juvenile justice systems are significantly more likely to become homeless that those who have not. Family rejection, as well as economic instability, also can cause a young adult to become homeless, and also contribute to developing severe mental illness (SMI).


Meet Brandon, a youth enrolled in USA’s STBH Program. Brandon first experienced homelessness when he was 16 years old living in St. Louis, Missouri. He escaped to California when he was only 18 years old to leave a corrupt environment and continual hardships behind.

“In December 2017, I was homeless in St. Louis following a recent suicide attempt and was urged by a friend to come to San Diego. I stayed in North Park alleyways until I found Urban Street Angels. They were there when I had absolutely no one, and still are to this day.” – Brandon T.

In The News…


Tanya Soto

Program Manager

Stephanie Roche

Housing Coordinator, Residential Assistant

Jonas Randall

Residential Assistant

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