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July 20222 Community and Health Resources Update


The smallest of San Diego County’s small businesses ― from dog walkers to tutors, sidewalk vendors, and everything in between ― now have more time to apply for a free $2,500 County grant. The deadline for “microbusinesses” hurt by COVID-19 to apply for the second round of $2,500 grants has been extended from June 24 to July 15. Read more here.

CHILDREN 6 MONTHS TO 4 YEARS GET THEIR COVID-19 VACCINES Children 6 months to 4 years old are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and hundreds of local parents jumped at the opportunity to be first in line. Loaded with blankets, toys and promises of sweet treats, parents filed into Rady Children’s vaccine clinic for the COVID protection they have been anxiously awaiting. Everyone 6 months and older can get COVID-19 vaccines at no cost. Boosters are also available for people 5 years and older. Parental consent is required for all eligible minors to be vaccinated. Read more here.

COUNTY OFFICES TO CLOSE FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY All public San Diego County offices, family resource centers, libraries, and animal shelters will be closed Monday, July 4, for Independence Day. Most County and state-operated COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites will be closed Monday and will resume normal hours Tuesday. See which sites will open on the separate vaccinations and testing schedules. Read more here.

COUNTY ADDING NEW WARNING CATEGORY TO INFORM BEACHGOERS On July 1, 2022, the County of San Diego will begin using a new beach water-safety category and signs at local beaches in its continuing efforts to educate and protect the public’s health. County officials encourage residents and visitors to learn more about water quality conditions and risks by using the QR code on posted beach signs or by visiting for more information. Read more about the new warning category here.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD CEREMONY The County of San Diego invites you to honor Leon L. Williams for his achievements as a former County Board of Supervisors member and celebrate with him as he turns 100. The celebration will also include a resource fair featuring County of San Diego programs and services. View the event program here. Please RSVP by July 8 to WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 2022| 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM WHERE: County Administration Center – East Plaza, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101

YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED! A new traffic signal is being installed and the City of San Diego Traffic Division has asked for input. Please help select the name for the new driveway! The new Southeastern Live Well Center will be a beautiful, environmentally- friendly facility located near a historic intersection (Euclid Ave. and Market St.) of the community that will provide easy access to a variety of health and social services for residents. The new driveway will be located on Market Street at the Garage entrance directly across from the Malcolm X Library’s main driveway. Vote for your favorite name here!

DEADLINE EXTENDED! 2022 YOUTH CHALLENGE: OUR HEALTH DESERVES A BOOST(ER) Calling all San Diego County youth and young adults ages 5-25! Join this year’s Youth Challenge: Our Health Deserves a Boost(er)! Youth and young adults are encouraged to create a video or visual art piece to raise awareness about the importance of COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more by visiting The submission deadline has been extended to July 23, 2022. If you have additional questions, contact Submissions are now open! #YouthChallengeSD #GetBoostedSD

NEW! SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ORGAN FESTIVAL The 34th season of the San Diego International Summer Organ Festival has begun! Each Monday during the summer, attend free concerts at the Historic Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park. To learn more and view the Sumer 2022 program guide, visit here! WEN: Mondays June 27th-September 5th | 7:30 PM WHERE: Spreckels Organ Pavilion (2211 Pan American Road E, San Diego, CA 92101)

NEW! COMMUNITY HEALTH & RESOURCE FAIR Join community partners for a mobile health fair! There will be free resources like diabetes and cholesterol screenings, blood pressure checks, food distribution, and more. Check out the flyer for more details. WHEN: Wednesday, July 6, 2022 | 10:00 AM-3:00 PM WHERE: Jackie Robinson Family YMCA (151 YMCA Way San Diego, CA)


Learn the framework to help make plans to care for LGBTQ+ family members, neighbors, and friends. LGBTQ+ older adults typically rely on families of choice for support, and it is very common for a close friend, an ex-partner, or a younger relative to become the primary caregiver for an older LGBTQ adult who needs assistance.

During this webinar, participants will have the opportunity to connect with other family caregivers, exchange tips and advice, and learn about resources available to them and their loved ones. WHEN: Wednesday, July 6, 2022| 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM WHERE: Online, register here for the zoom link.

NEW! ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION COMMUNITY FORUMS SANDAG invites San Diego County residents to join virtual Community Forums in June and July 2022 to share their thoughts on the County’s justice system, public safety, and provision of behavioral health services. Please see these flyers in English or Spanish for more details. WHEN: Tuesday, July 5, 2022 | 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM WHERE: Virtual, via Zoom. Click here to join the meeting.

LEAP TO CONFIDENCE PROGRAM Leap to Success is hosting a free online workshop to empower women in transition (overcoming domestic violence, homelessness, and other major challenges). For more information, view the flyer and readiness checklist. WHEN: Tuesdays and Fridays from July 13 - August 17, 2022. WHERE: Online, please register by July 6, 2022.

NEW! REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) 11785 YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION SERVICES The County of San Diego, Office of Equity & Racial Justice is seeking proposals from firms interested in providing Youth Leadership Academy Development and Implementation Services. A description of these services can be found in the RFP packet, Exhibit A - Statement of Work, on the County's online procurement system, BuyNet, here. All questions or comments pertaining to this RFP must be directed to the assigned Procurement Contracting Specialist, Nicky Lithgow, at Request for Proposal responses are requested to be submitted prior to 3:00 p.m. on July 5, 2022.

NEW! PAID STUDENT OPPORTUNITY (PART-TIME) HHSA Behavioral Health Services (BHS) - Strategy & Finance (S&F) Team has paid student opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Students would support the department with a variety of activities and tasks associated with community engagement, employee mental health/wellness, social media, and communication materials research and development. All positions are part-time (maximum of 20 hours per week). View the full description here. Interested candidates should apply online.

NEW! SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION - VARIOUS POSITIONS San Diego Foundation is looking for talented individuals who are committed to improving the quality of life across the San Diego region. View the list of career opportunities and learn more here. Applications will be accepted until filled.

EMPLOY + EMPOWER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM The City of San Diego's EMPLOY + EMPOWERMENT program is a paid youth internship program designed to employ and empower the next generation at the City of San Diego. Anyone between the ages of 16-30 are eligible to participate, but priority will be given to applicants who are low-income, unemployed, justice-involved, or in foster care and who live in under resourced communities. To learn more and apply visit here!

NEW! 2022 BIPOC MENTAL HEALTH MONTH TOOLKIT Mental Health America is pleased to announce that the 2022 BIPOC Mental Health Month toolkit is available now! This year’s theme for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), Mental Health Month, is #BeyondTheNumbers. Gain knowledge of historical context, systems of support, and actionable ways to move forward toward a mentally healthy future! Learn more here.

NEW! FAMILY URGENT RESPONSE SYSTEM (FURS) The Family Urgent Response System (FURS) includes a statewide hotline and local mobile response teams to provide immediate trauma-informed support to current and former foster youth and their caregivers. Both the statewide hotline and local mobile response teams are available 24/7/365. Call or text 1-833-939-FURS or visit See the Adult and Youth flyers for more information.

NEW! TECH CONNECT Now, all County Libraries are allowing a patron to check out a Chromebook + a MiFi hotspot for up to one year! The Tech Connect Program was created after the San Diego County Library acquired 7,000 Chromebook and hotspot sets via the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) grant to circulate to members of the community in need of digital access and bridge the digital divide. The Chromebook and hotspot set is free to check out with a library card. Check out is on a first come, first served basis, and reservations are not taken. Learn more about the program here.

NEW! FOOD4ALL BIG NEWS! California included funding in the final 2022-2023 State Budget to remove exclusions from the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for all income-eligible Californians ages 55 and older, regardless of immigration status. Read the Governor’s Press Release Announcing a Budget Agreement here. Sign up online or by calling 2-1-1. You can also contact Neighborhood Healthcare to help with CalFresh/MediCal applications.

REQUEST THE LIVE WELL ON WHEELS (LIVE WOW) TODAY! The Live WoW brings County resources to where community members are. A variety of services can be provided with the vehicle. Visit to learn more and request the Live WoW bus!

USD WOMEN'S LEGAL CLINIC The University of San Diego School of Law offers free legal services for low-income victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other family law concerns. Please see the flyer for more information or visit their website. For questions or further assistance, please call (619) 260-7470.

2022 MILITARY FAMILY LIFESTYLE SURVEY Are you or your family member serving in the military? Blue Star Families wants to hear from you! Your feedback can make a difference and show decision-makers and community leaders what military families like yours need to thrive. Be a voice for the military community. Take the survey today! The last day to submit your survey is Sunday, July 10, 2022. The survey is also available in Spanish.

HILLCREST YOUTH CENTER The Hillcrest Youth Center, also known as The Center, is one of the largest and most vibrant LGBTQ community centers in the nation. The Center provides programs and services to the full diversity of the San Diego LGBTQ community. For more information on their services, please view their flyer.

SUMMER AT YOUR LIBRARY The Summer Learning Challenge has started! Head over to a San Diego County Library branch near you or visit Summer at Your Library to learn more. From June 1st to August 31st, every library branch offers a free book prize, activity book, and coupons for fun activities in the region. Check the online events calendar to learn about free, fun, and educational events happening across the County. Join the library as they read, learn, and create!

Thank you! Please forward to colleagues, staff, partners, and community members as you see fit. New subscribers can sign up here. If you have any questions on the content of this newsletter or have a San Diego County community event you would like to share with us, please email

Office of Equitable Communities Department of Homeless Solutions & Equitable Communities County of San Diego, Health & Human Services Agency


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