MAAC Program Updates RE:Coronavirus (COVID-19)

MAAC Program Impacts due to Corona Virus Pandemic (COVID-19)

In light of the Order of the Health Officer and Emergency Regulations issued on March 29, 2020 to extend California’s Stay-at-Home Orders in San Diego County, most MAAC sites will remain closed to the public until further notice.

While our sites may be closed, MAAC’s work in and for the community does not stop. We will continue to provide essential services – and in some cases, expand our program offerings – to the extent needed in our community.

We are continuing to monitor this situation and will provide updates as circumstances continue to evolve. (page last updated on 4/6/2020)

We recognize the impact and uncertainty that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating in our communities. As always, the health and safety of our MAAC familia, including employees and program participants, remains of utmost importance to us.

Following guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, and San Diego County Public Health officials, we are taking action to reduce the potential for exposure to COVID-19 and ensure the safety and well-being of all children, families, and staff. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update information for these and other MAAC programs as circumstances continue to evolve.

Our priority remains keeping our MAAC familia safe and well-informed, while doing what we can to help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 and we thank you for your cooperation and support.

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MAAC Child Development Program

In alignment with local school districts, MAAC is closing all child development centers, effective Monday, March 16, until further notice. Click here for notices sent to all parents and guardians of children enrolled in the MAAC Child Development Program on March 13.

Beginning April 13, staff will be in contact with all enrolled families once again to continue with food/nutritional services and diaper distributions as well as providing educational and community resources.

All children between the ages of 2-18 are eligible to receive free school meals at designated school sites throughout San Diego County during the school closures. Click here for an updated list of pick-up locations.

The next MAAC CDP Diaper Distribution is scheduled for Wednesday, 4/29, 9AM-12PM (note new time) at MAAC North Campus in Vista.

MAAC Community Charter School

MAAC Community Charter School has begun Spring session with online/distance learning. Please visit the MCCS website for additional information or to enroll.

MCCS will have an administrator on campus M-F from 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm to 4pm to answer any questions and receive pending enrollment/registration paperwork.  During these hours, students and families may still come in for clothes and basic toiletries. Please observe social distancing for your safety and the safety of others around you.

All children between the ages of 2-18 are eligible to receive free school meals at designated school sites throughout San Diego County during the school closures. Click here for an updated list of pick-up locations. 

For our current MCCS students over the age of 18 thru age 24, you are also eligible to pick up free school meals from the Castle Park Middle School distribution site (one block away from MCCS). You will need to provide your school ID, or stop by MCCS to have your enrollment printed for verification. If you have any issues receiving food, please contact us at (619) 476-0749 or go to MCCS for assistance.

MAAC Affordable Housing Communities

In light of recent events surrounding the flu, influenza, COVID-19, and other health concerns, MAAC’s Division of Housing is taking immediate steps to lessen unnecessary exposure and prevent the spreading of this and any other illness. Effective March 17, our property management offices will be closed to the public until further notice. Please call your property management office or leave a written note in the dropbox for emergency requests.

To help San Diego residents who are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego City Council on March 25, 2020, adopted a temporary ban on evictions in the City of San Diego related to COVID-19. California Governor Gavin Newsom on March 27, 2020, also ordered a statewide temporary ban on evictions. Please visit SDHC.org/evictionban for information and tenant requirements. Residents of our MAAC affordable housing communities may use this form to request COVID-19 hardship consideration. 

The laundry rooms at each property will remain open. With the help of our maintenance team, we are ensuring these and all other common areas are kept clean and sanitized. The maintenance staff is disinfecting all high touched zones. Please make sure to observe social distancing with other community residents and wipe down machines after use.

We encourage everyone to stay home if they are sick and limit exposure to staff and other residents.  Our team will also no longer come into physical or close contact with any residents, guests, and vendors, whether by a handshake or otherwise.

MAAC Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Education Program

Effective Tuesday, March 17, our program offices and the Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Education Program will be closed until further notice.

All accounts will be placed on a temporary hold, no fees will be charged during the program closure.

Click here for more info on MAAC DUIP.

MAAC Energy Assistance Program

We are following local public utility authority recommendations and will be limiting our program operations and close our offices to the general public. We will however continue to provide energy assistance.

MAAC Energy Assistance Program hours of operations are Monday – Friday 8 AM – 3 PM.

To request an application please call (619) 434-3829 for assistance.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced on March 13, 2020 that it will temporarily suspend service disconnections. The disconnection moratorium will remain in place until further notice.

SDG&E is urging customers who are struggling to pay their utility bill due to financial hardships stemming from the coronavirus to call its Customer Contact Center at 1-800-411-7343 to make payment arrangements.

MAAC Weatherization Program

MAAC Weatherization Program and offices will be closed, effective March 17, 2020, until further notice.

Should you require urgent weatherization assistance during this closure, please contact Daniel Perez at dperez@maacproject.org or 619-646-1458.  

MAAC Casa de Milagros and Nosotros Recovery Homes

Both MAAC recovery homes will be closed to visitors, effective immediately, until further notice.

MAAC Emergency Food Assistance Program

We understand that food security may be a big concern for you and your family during these uncertain times. In partnership with the San Diego Food Bank, MAAC holds food distributions at five locations throughout the County each month. For the health and safety of all persons, please remain in your vehicle when receiving food packages. If you are walking in for services, please practice safe social distancing by maintaining six feet between you and other persons. During this time, income verification documents are not required to receive services.

Hillside Views (Temporary Change of Address Until Further Notice) –
BIG LOTS Parking Lot @ 1655 Euclid Ave, San Diego 92105
Intake Hours: 9 AM until food is gone, 1st Friday of the month
Intake Procedures: Drive thru pick-up option preferred, or walk in for services

Mercado Apartments – 2001 Newton Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
Intake Hours: 9 AM until food is gone, 1st Friday of the month
Intake Procedures: Drive thru pick-up option preferred, or walk in for services

Villa Lakeshore Apartments (Temporary Change of Address until further notice) – Lakeside Community Center, 9841 Vine Street, Lakeside, CA 92040
Intake Hours: 9 AM until food is gone, 3rd Tuesday of the month
Intake Procedures: Drive thru pick-up option preferred

San Martin de Porres Apartments (Temporary Change of Address until further notice) – Spring Valley Gym-Teen Center, 838 Kempton Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977
Intake Hours: 10 AM until food is gone, 3rd Tuesday of the month
Intake Procedures: Drive thru pick-up option preferred

Laurel Tree Apartments – 1307 Laurel Tree Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Intake Hours: 3 – 4:30 PM, 3rd Tuesday of the month
Intake Procedures: Drive thru pick-up only

Seniors on Broadway – 845 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911
Intake Hours: 9 AM until food is gone, 4th Friday of the month
Intake Procedures: Drive thru pick-up option preferred, or walk in for services

MAAC STEP (Striving Towards Economic Prosperity) Centers (updated 4/6/2020)

While our offices may be closed to the public until further notice, the STEP coordinators at each of our MAAC affordable housing communities remain available to help you and your family navigate through program resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email your local coordinator to schedule an appointment:

North County: 
Lissie Parra, lparra@maacproject.org

Central & Southeast San Diego:
Rafael Monroy, rmonroy@maacproject.org

East County:
Maritza Davila-Nash, mnash@maacproject.org

Barrio Logan, Downtown San Diego, & South County:
Lissie Parra, lparra@maacproject.org

Additional Resources:

For COVID-19 Safety Advisements and Updates:

For local testing:

For health or testing related questions, contact your healthcare provider.  For general questions about COVID-19, information about community resources, or if you are uninsured, contact 2-1-1 San Diego

Community Resources: