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UCSD – The Department of Urban Studies and Planning Evaluation of Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s Safe Parking Program

January 2022

In 2019, researchers from UC San Diego’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning began a three-year evaluation of our Safe Parking Program to answer our biggest question: Is the SPP model effective in stopping the downward spiral of homelessness? The report on the first two years of research explains more about our Safe Parking Program model and what we can do to help even more of our unsheltered neighbors get back into stable housing.


Blueprint for Impact: JFS Strategic Plan 2020 and Moving Forward

JFS’s new Blueprint for Impact will guide our organization through the next few years as we adapt and evolve to make a more profound impact in our community.


Press Releases

Sep 19 2023

Together as members of the Antisemitism Roundtable and as leaders in San Diego’s Jewish Community, we thank the San Diego City Council, which unanimously condemned the vile antisemitic, racist and homophobic statements made in public comment throughout last night’s City Council meeting. This vitriol has no place in our public discourse, and we appreciate the Council’s rejection of the remarks and their determination to reduce opportunities for any form of hate speech in the future.

Aug 14 2023

DACA Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the JFS Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus in Kearny Mesa (8804 Balboa Avenue) from 9:00am to 1:00pm Space is limited with pre-event registration required via; registration ends August 31.

Jul 28 2023

We strongly condemn the antisemitic comments made by a commissioner at the San Diego County Leon Williams Human Rights Commission (HRC) meeting on July 18.

Jul 11 2023

The San Diego Seniors Community Foundation (SDSCF) has awarded the JFS College Avenue Center $10,000 as part of SDSCF’s Empower San Diego Senior Center grant program. The 2023 Empower Grant allows JFS to expand program offerings at College Avenue Center by compensating instructors, in addition to volunteer-led classes.

In the News

Aug 30 2023

San Diego Jewish World

Sol Kempinski, JFS Director of Philanthropy, and his wife Debbi, Associate Development Director at the San Diego Jewish Academy, hosted an Israeli high school graduate in their home as part of a program organized by the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the Jewish Federation of San Diego County. Peleg Menachem, who stayed with the Kempinski family, was one of ten Israeli students who visited San Diego while taking a gap year before entering the Israeli Army (IDF).

Aug 25 2023

The Californian

JFS’s Foodmobile program has been awarded a $40,000 community grant from the Grossmont Healthcare District to help support residents in Eastern San Diego County.

Aug 24 2023

The San Diego Union-Tribune

On-site medical services, including dental checkups, are now available at JFS’s Safe Parking lot in Encinitas, where JFS staff also works to provide a pathway back to stable housing for people living in their vehicles. The Encinitas City Council was updated about the new medical program while reviewing the Encinitas Homeless Action Plan.

Aug 24 2023

Jewish Insider

California’s Governor Newsom is awarding a grant to Jewish Family Service of San Diego to fund anti-hate programs. In response to a plea from dozens of Jewish leaders, he also issued a letter to state educators about ethnic studies and cautioned school administrators against using courses that promote bias and bigotry.