COVID-19 Demands

Since 2015, the Invest in San Diego Families coalition has united around the vision of San Diego County as a place where all families thrive, regardless of zip code, place of origin, or income.

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare how far we still have to go in meeting these goals. It has made clear that we cannot simply move forward with business as usual. We must remake this system to ensure every person – no exceptions – can thrive.

This is a moment where we must stand with and for each other across our differences and against anything and anyone who seeks to divide us.

The Invest in San Diego FamiliesCoalition demands the County of San Diego enact the following measures focusing on immediate relief to build the foundation for recovery.

Information For ALL

Every San Diegan must be able to access and understand the information about COVID-19 to prevent its spread.

● County of San Diego communications on COVID-19 outbreak must be provided simultaneously in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, and other languages spoken in San Diegan households, in addition to English.

● Create a targeted and robust outreach plan, modeled after the census outreach collaboration. The County should hire a team of Community Emergency Resource Ambassadors from census designated hard-to-count communities to provide vulnerable groups vital information.

● All County of San Diego communications about the COVID-19 outbreak must be presented on platforms (social media, television, print media, radio, online, etc.) that are accessible to people of all generations, including youth and seniors. Press conferences should be shared with subtitles in multiple languages.

Desde 2015, la coalición Invertir en las Familias de San Diego (Invest in San Diego Families, ISDF) se ha unido en torno a una visión del condado de San Diego como un lugar donde todas las familias prosperan, independientemente del código postal,  su lugar de origen o los ingresos.

La pandemia de COVID-19 ha dejado al descubierto cuán lejos aún tenemos que llegar para alcanzar estos objetivos. También ha dejado claro que no podemos simplemente “seguir adelante como de costumbre”. Debemos rehacer este sistema para garantizar que todas las personas, sin excepciones, puedan prosperar.

Este es un momento en el que debemos apoyarnos el uno con el otro a través de nuestras diferencias y contra cualquier cosa y cualquier persona que busque dividirnos.

La Coalición Invest in San Diego Families exige que el Condado de San Diego promulgue de inmediato las siguientes medidas para garantizar que los residentes de este condado puedan sobrevivir y recuperarse por completo cuando esta crisis desaparezca.

Información para todos

● Las comunicaciones del condado de San Diego sobre el brote de COVID-19 deben proporcionarse simultáneamente en español, somalí, vietnamita, chino, tagalo y otros idiomas que se hablan en los hogares de San Diego, además del inglés.

● El Condado debe crear un plan de alcance sólido, creado con aportes de la comunidad para llegar a comunidades difíciles de alcanzar. Este esfuerzo de divulgación debe modelarse y ampliar la innovadora colaboración de divulgación en el censo de nuestra región mediante la contratación de un equipo de Embajadores de Recursos Comunitarios de Emergencia de comunidades designadas por el censo como difíciles de contar.

● Todas las comunicaciones del Condado de San Diego sobre el brote de COVID-19 deben presentarse en plataformas y medios que sean más accesibles para personas de todas las generaciones, incluidos jóvenes y adultos mayores, las conferencias de prensa deben grabarse y compartirse con subtítulos en varios idiomas.


COVID-19 Resources & Information

During these times of crisis we must step up to advocate for, and serve, our communities. In our continuous efforts to support our communities we have compiled this list of resources and information regarding COVID-19.

Given the rapidly evolving situation we will try to update the page as regularly as possible.

Please visit the San Diego County website for the latest updates regarding COVID-19 or text COSD COVID19 to 468-311 and visit San Diego 211 for more information

Recursos en ESPAÑOL


Workers Rights

Healthcare Access

Food Assistance

Immigrant Families & Individuals Assistance

Legal Assistance



The People’s State of the County

Invest in San Diego Families Coalition Will Hold an Event to Present Its Vision to Transform San Diego County

San Diego – Members of the Invest in San Diego Families (ISDF) coalition, including residents, workers, community organizations, unions and faith-based organizations, will present on Wednesday the People’s State of the County, an aspirational platform to make San Diego County a place where all families can thrive.

For too long, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has focused policies and budgets that ignore many of the people that the supervisors were elected to represent, including historically underserved communities, working families and immigrants. The result is a county where many people struggle to find affordable housing, find work that pays a living wage and access the public services they need.

ISDF’s will urge county leaders to allocate much needed resources to our struggling communities and ensure the safety and well-being of all county residents. We deserve a county that upholds our values of compassion, community, transparency and accountability.

Please join us for this important news event.

WHAT:  ISDF presents the People’s State of the County.

WHEN:  Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: County Administration Building,1600 Pacific Hwy., San Diego, CA 92101.

    Corner of Harbor Dr. and Ash St.

We encourage all people to come out and hear ISDF’s vision for the County and commit to joining our fight.


Invest in San Diego Families is a county-wide coalition of residents and organizations working toward a San Diego where all families and communities thrive.

Coalition members include: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, Business for Good, Center on Policy Initiatives, Chicano Federation, Employee Rights Center, Environmental Health Coalition, Interfaith Worker Justice of San Diego County, Mid-City Community Advocacy Network, San Diego Organizing Project, SEIU Local 221, and Youth Will.


County Budget a Step in the Right Direction

On June 25, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 budget. It is a $6.24 billion budget that increases investment in mental health, public health and child welfare. It has an additional $29.5 million, from the May County Administrative Officer’s budget proposal, mostly made up of Health and Human Services investment.
This was a very different budget than previous years and it shows that your hard work as part of the Invest in San Diego Families coalition has an impact on the Board of Supervisors. Without the more than 600 people who attended the Evening Budget Hearing – and more than 100 who testified – this wouldn’t have happened.
For a generation, San Diego County has under-invested in staffing and services and San Diegans have suffered. The Board took a step in the right direction by approving a budget that includes more investment in critical areas including child welfare, behavioral health, public health and self-sufficiency services. But it is still not enough. We will keep fighting to make sure that the Board invests in a San Diego that works for everyone.
Some highlights in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 budget

  • 143.5 Behavioral Health Services positions -177 long-term beds and a total behavioral health budget of $708 million, a $54.7 increase from last year
  • 125 Child Welfare Services positions
  • 29 Aging and Independence Services positions
  • 27.5 Public Health Nurses and oversight positions, and $1 million added to support services
  • 15 self-sufficiency outreach positions to enroll people in vital County services
  • 11 Housing and Community Development Services positions – $25 million added to Innovative Housing Trust Fund
  • 9 additional Air Pollution Control District positions and $19 million in funds for Community Air Protection Program for Portside Environmental Justice Communities
  • 6 homeless services positions
  • 5 administrative and facility support service positions for Health and Human Services
  • 4 veteran services positions
  • 3 new staff to support the Climate Action Plan implementation
  • An additional attorney and 4 support staff for the Fresh Start Program. This program puts ex-offenders directly in touch with a Public Defender who is working to determine if they are eligible to have their criminal record cleared
  • An Environmental Grant Writer
  • A Certified Nutritionist
  • An additional Refugee Health Coordinator
  • $300,000 to expand the San Diego Nights Program to 10 more locations
  • $200,000 to the Office of Public Defender to provide specialized immigration counsel to those in legal proceedings

Follow this link to watch video of the 2019 Evening Budget Hearing testimony.