Why We Exist

“Changes are products of intensive efforts.” - Muhammad Yunus

There are over 3,000 young people between the ages of 18 – 26 sleeping on the streets of San Diego.
It’s the mission of Urban Street Angels to reach out and make a difference in San Diego’s homeless community.

About Us

San Diego has the third largest homeless population of any metropolitan area in the United States. According to a 2013 report on homelessness by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), there are almost 9,000 counted individuals in San Diego who are homeless. On a national level, it is estimated that approximately 5,000 young people die every year because of assault, illness, or suicide while on the street. Additionally, an estimated 32% of runaway and homeless youth have attempted suicide at some point in their lives. And approximately 40% of young homeless individuals identify themselves as a member of the LGBT community.

Urban Street Angels is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that provides a continuum of care to the homeless community in San Diego. The organization and its volunteers are committed to feeding homeless individuals 4 – 6 times each month, supplying basic necessities and supportive services (including referrals to medical care, transitional employment and housing resources, and other providers of social services). Most importantly, Urban Street Angels strives to build trust and and safe relationships with these young homeless individuals to facilitate their transition off the streets.

Inspire Hope

Beyond providing essential services for young homeless people, the best way to truly help is by actively seeking out these individuals right where they live. In small groups, we walk the streets, parks and beaches on a regular basis, providing meals, bottles of water, socks and dry goods, backpacks, sleeping bags, supplies and referrals to important resources in the community.  In doing so, we strive to build trust and inspire hope in these young people who share our community that better days are possible.

Our Name

“Be sure to take care of strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.” This idea is what inspired our organization to begin helping angels. Each individual we meet on the streets is, in our eyes, an angel. They need help – not just in the form of handouts – but in the assurance that no matter where they come from, or where they are currently headed, people care about them and want to know them.

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Embrace, Cultivate, Propel

Embrace: We provide hope, grace and love to the young homeless community in San Diego. Cultivate: We provide a community of outreach to these young people that creates a connection to services either with Urban Street Angels or other local medical, employment or housing resources. Propel: We stand ready to awaken purpose, share our community, and uplift in any way we can.  In doing so, we strive to Embrace, Cultivate and Propel these young people toward a personally satisfying and enriching quality of life.

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