San Diego County Social Services

Find San Diego County California departments of social services, DSS, DPSS, and human services. Departments of social services provide information on food stamps, public assistance, welfare, housing, healthcare, emergency assistance, and child services.


Escondido Social Service Department 340 North Escondido Boulevard Escondido CA 92025 760-839-4046


National City Social Service Department 140 East 12th Street National CA 91950 619-336-4550

Social Services by City

What are Social Services?

Social services departments at the city, county and state levels work to assist people in need. Their services include the entire range of government-distributed benefits from employment training and housing assistance to health care services and nutritional programs for children and single mothers. Social services departments and organizations screen applicants and manage programs including welfare, housing assistance, health care, and supplemental education programs.

Some social services organizations focus solely on a single area of assistance such as soup kitchens, homeless shelters, teen pregnancy counseling, domestic abuse programs or elder care. Other departments have a broader focus, such as providing educational assistance to low-income children or anti-recidivism programs for ex-offenders who are re-entering society after incarceration.