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El Nido Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Program

Gives abused women the chance to make a fresh start – with the tools they need for their families to thrive.

El Nido (Spanish for the Nest) is a safe, confidential place where homeless women with children can heal from trauma, gain new knowledge and job skills, and become financially solvent. This 12-month program offers families stable housing and supportive services while clients move towards self-sufficiency.

Capacity: 45 beds




Secure, confidential, independent living environment

Ongoing case management

Access to individual and group counseling

Positive & supportive program staff and volunteers

Referrals to legal assistance

Budget planning and life skills coaching

Transportation assistance

Housing search assistance

Learn more about our programs.

How It Works:

Residents live in an 11-unit apartment complex for a year or more and, with the assistance of social workers, obtain the counseling, child care, employment, educational and transportation services they need to become self-sufficient. Each of the units is beautifully furnished by a local congregation.


Call the El Nido Program at (619) 563-9878 and the staff will complete a phone screening with you and describe the program in detail.

Success Story

This is the story of Nallely. Her story starts as so many do. Her domestic partner of eight years had been less than loving for some time, but things were getting worse–emotional and verbal abuse, then physical abuse. That’s when she called the police.
Child Protective Services got involved and took her four girls out of their home for their safety. “That was the hardest thing,” she confides quietly, “Once they took them, it all became unbearable.” Even with a restraining order, her partner continued to threaten and harass her, until she was forced to flee to a domestic violence shelter.
Once reunited with her children, Nallely applied for and was accepted into the EL Nido Program. Amazingly, she continued to work throughout the moves, and now she added night school to her schedule. “It’s like there were two paths; EL Nido was one of them. I really don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t been accepted to the program.”
Her list of achievements is impressive: She has saved enough money to buy a car and to pay for her immigration papers; she has since applied for a residence card. Today she has her Associates degree and is a certified building inspector. She continues to study project management, so that she can further her chosen career. She already has a lead on an internship that she hopes will be waiting for her when she completes her studies this summer.
Her children, too, are thriving. Her oldest daughter has won a large scholarship and her other girls are doing well in Catholic schools. The family is now in permanent housing and looking forward to a bright future.
“She is someone to be admired,” says her El Nido case manager, “It was not easy for her. She had so many responsibilities. But the proudest thing for her was that she was not on welfare and her daughters were in Catholic Schools, where she also volunteers.
Nallely & daughter