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Welcome Home City

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Welcome Home City (WHC) is a program designed to support homeless and housing insecure City College students. The WHC team assists students in securing sustainable, long-term housing solutions that support our students' mental health and academic journeys. Once a student connects with the WHC team, relevant campus and community resources will also be provided to address each student’s unique situation. 

Due to the volume of requests for housing assistance, WHC currently has a first-come, first-served waitlist for students to gain access to counseling, case management, housing navigation, and, in certain cases, limited housing-focused financial assistance.

Homeless and Housing Insecure includes students who are:

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
  • Living in a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation.
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

If you are a City College student and are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurities, please complete the Basic Needs Assessment form and a staff member will reach out.

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Meet the Team! 

 

 

Marco Circosta
Pronouns: he/him
Housing Navigator

Marco Circosta

Michael Evans, LCSW
Pronouns: he/him
Case Manager

 

Mike 

David Howard, LCSW
Pronouns: he/him
Mental Health Counselor
 
David
Emily Saldine, LCSW
Pronouns: she/her
Grant Coordinator 

Emily Saldine

Cassandra "Cassy" Mondragon
Pronouns: she/her
Project Assistant
 
Cassandra Mondragon
Gabriela "Gaby" Castellanos
Pronouns: she/her
Project Assistant
 
Gabriela Castellanos
Sandi Duraid, MA
Pronouns: she/her
Academic Counselor
 
Sandi Duraid
 
 

Welcome Home City hosts workshops on various topics, often related to housing, housing insecurity, and homelessness. See the list below for upcoming workshops in our Spring Housing-Focused Speaker Series; each workshop will be available both in person and on Zoom (ID: 932 9532 4176; Passcode: 104952).

 

Upcoming Workshops - Spring 2024

 

Tenant Education - Monday, March 11th, 11AM-12PM, Dreamer Resource Center (AH200A)

Facilitated by Welcome Home City housing navigator, Marco Circosta, this workshop will provide an overview of your basic rights as a tenant, including strategies for how to speak with your landlord or property manager and how to best advocate for yourself.  

 

Navigating Housing Resources - Monday, April 8th, 11AM-12PM, Basic Needs Center (T341)

Co-faciltated by Welcome Home City Project Assistants Gaby Castellanos and Cassandra Mondragon, this workshop will provide an overview of community and campus resources tailored to students currently experiencing homelessness. Attendees will leave this workshop with a better understanding of San Diego's many resources for individuals experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

 

From Awareness to Action: Resources and Career Pathways in Homeless Services - Monday, May 13th, 11AM-1230PM, Basic Needs Center (T341)

Welcome Home City and PEER (Program for Engaged Educational Resources) invite students to hear from alumni, faculty, and community partners engaged in SD City College's comprehensive educational, supportive care, and career services around addressing homelessness in San Diego.  

 

Past Workshops - Spring 2024

 

Strategies to Manage Academic, Housing, & Life - Monday, February 12th, 11AM-12PM, Basic Needs Center (T341)

Facilitated by City College General Counselor & Professor, Sandi Duraid, this workshop is intended to offer resources and tips to help students manage the various stressors associated with being a student. This workshop will assist attendees in understanding how to best achieve their academic goals. 

 

Missed a workshop? Please visit our Canvas shell or YouTube page to find recordings of past workshops.

For general basic needs resources, please follow this link.

Welcome Home City does not provide emergency housing or shelter for students. If you are in need of emergency housing, please contact 211 San Diego (call "211" or visit 211sandiego.org) or visit the Homeless Response Center (HRC) located at 1401 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Please note that, if there are extreme weather conditions, the City of San Diego opens more shelter beds. Please visit this link for updated information on San Diego's Inclement Weather Shelter Bed availability.

Wondering how to contact the WHC program? Feel free to call us at (619) 388-3684, email us at welcomehomecity@sdccd.edu, or drop by the Basic Needs Center in T-341 during our open office hours on Mondays-Thursdays from 10AM-2PM and Fridays 10AM-1PM.