RESOURCES

Click on a category below to see the resources available.

10 Best Rated Prepaid Phones as reviewed by Consumer Affairs

Assurance Wireless – free cell phone for those who qualify for the California Lifeline Program


Elder Care Planning Resources as compiled by Consumer Affairs


Jewish Family Services (JFS) operates the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP). The program can provide you with the tools you need to secure your next job or make a career change.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 55 years of age or older
  • Meet income eligibility requirements
  • Currently unemployed

For more information call (619) 266-4273.


San Diego Food Bank – enroll in the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

CalFresh – The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table.


Family Health Centers of San Diego – multiple locations  provide healthcare, dental and vision care to low-income and homeless people. For information, please call (619) 515-2551.

Lions Optometric Vision Clinic – provides eye exams and low cost glasses for seniors who qualify. Need case management referral to qualify. For information, please call (619) 298-5273

Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy – helps low-income seniors with health access problems. For information, please call: (877) 734-3258.


San Diego Shelter Listing – San Diego Homeless Shelters & Services For The Needy

2-1-1 San Diego Resource Center – provides information on current availability of services and homeless shelters. For more information, please call: 211.


San Diego Housing Commission – provides rent subsidies for seniors 62 and older.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – provides guidance on home buying, renting, reverse mortgages and default and foreclosure prevention.

HUD Affordable Apartment Search – allows you to search for subsidized apartments in California.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) – If you are at risk of having your utilities shut off, please call (800) 411-SDGE (7343) or visit their website.

Senior Housing Search – includes listings of available senior living communities.


Legal Aid Society – offers the poor of San Diego County legal help when no other resource is available. For information, please call (877) LEGAL AID or (877) 534-2524.

Elder Law & Advocacy – provides civil legal services to seniors, as well as Medicare and MediCal counseling and advocacy. For information, please call (858) 565-1392.

Senior Citizen Services Center Office – locations throughout the county, information and referral services are provided to seniors by seniors. City Administration Building, 202 C Street, 1st Floor Lobby, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For information, please call (619) 236-6905.

IRS – free tax preparation help during tax season.

Adult Protective Services – APS serves adults 65 and older and dependent adults 18 and older, who are harmed, or threatened with harm, to ensure their right to safety and dignity.


U.S. Social Security Administration – for help with retirement benefits, replacement social security cards and disability benefits.

HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) – provides free and objective Medicare counseling and education. For information, please call 1-800-434-0222.

HICAP at Elder Law & Advocacy – local San Diego HICAP office that provides counseling by phone and throughout the county. For information, please call (858) 565-1392, ext. 203.

HICAP at Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy – helps low-income seniors with health access problems. For information, please call (877) 734-3258.

Livanta – The Livanta Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) handles all Medicare beneficiary complaints, quality of care reviews, medical necessity reviews, and discharge appeals from hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice providers and rehabilitation facilities. Medicare patients have certain rights and protections – Livanta can help.


MTS Access – provides transportation to transit riders whose disabilities prevent them from using regular bus or trolley services.

FACT (Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation) – assist San Diego County residents with transportation services. For assistance call (888) 924-3228.