NHA Programs

For over 101 years, The Neighborhood House Association (NHA) has helped thousands of individuals and families in San Diego County improve their quality of life by providing vital social services including employment, healthcare, child, family and senior services. NHA serves the community through a network of 13 programs in more than 100 locations throughout the county.

To learn more about the Neighborhood House Association’s programs and services, please visit: www.neighborhoodhouse.org

Adult Day Health Care

Neighborhood House Association’s Adult Day Services provides dual-day treatment program options to adults 18 years of age and older. ADHC is a medical-model program designed for adults with disabling physical, mental, cognitive or developmental impairments that provides nursing, rehabilitative therapies, nutrition and psycho-social services. Transportation, lunch and recreational activities are offered to all participants.

Black Infant Health

The Black Infant Health Program (BIH) exists to help address the health disparities associated with pregnancies among African-American women and their resulting birth outcomes.

The BIH program helps women learn to reduce stress, improve their social support systems and become empowered to make healthy life decisions. Additionally participants create a Life Plan to help direct their lives, receive individualized case management services and resource referrals as needed.

Friendship Clubhouse

Neighborhood House Association’s Friendship Clubhouse is a member-driven psychosocial rehabilitation program for adults with severe and persistent mental illness, including those who may have a co-occurring substance use disorder. Friendship Clubhouse strives to create a safe, supportive environment that is sensitive to each member’s unique needs. Friendship Clubhouse focuses on socialization, social and independent living skills enhancement, wellness and recovery, recreation and vocational rehabilitation. The goal of Friendship Clubhouse strives to empower members to re-establish their normal roles in the community and to successfully re-integrate into community life through active participation in the planning and achievement of their personal recovery goals.

Geriatric Specialty Program

NHA’s Geriatric Specialty Program is a field-based program providing mental health services to seniors who reside in the Central San Diego area and neighboring communities. The focus of the program is to reach out and provide support to those who are not able to seek assistance from other mental health settings. The program aims to help seniors be safe, continue to stay in their own homes and have a good quality of life. A component of NHA’s Project Enable, the Geriatric Specialty Program offers extended home-bound services to seniors in need Monday through Friday and there is no charge for services.


Head Start Program

Head Start is a federally-funded child development program designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological needs. Over the past four decades, Head Start has touched the lives of more than 250,000 low-income preschool children and families at more than 140 locations in San Diego County. NHA Head Start preschool programs provide comprehensive services to children ages 3 – 5 years of age. The preschool curriculum is research-based, developmentally appropriate and is designed to develop Kindergarten readiness skills.


HIV/AIDS Services

Neighborhood House Association’s Case Management and Peer Support Services program helps clients maintain and improve health wherever possible and gain access to resources and services that meet each client’s individual level of need. The program provides comprehensive, ongoing assistance to individuals with HIV/AIDS. Case Management staff advocates on behalf of clients to ensure proper treatment and care. The program consists of three components: intensive case management for ex-offenders, general case management and peer advocacy. NHA provides unassisted transportation services such as; bus passes and coaster passes that are provided to clients via case management programs.


Homework Center | Reality Changers

The Neighborhood House Association’s Homework Center offers a safe after-school study environment to children and teens, grades 3-12, whose circumstances place them at-risk for academic deficiency. Local university and college students provide tutoring to students and they have access to computers, printers, and the internet. Use of the Homework Center is free to qualifying students. The Reality Changers formed a partnership with NHA to provide Head Start Alumni with help to get into the college or university of their choice. Reality Changers will assist students with their college applications, personal statements, financial aid applications and interview preparation. The goal is to give our students a “head start” to college by providing the necessary tools and resources where alternatives are limited.


Housing Counseling

The HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Program was established in 1973, serves all of San Diego County, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program offers comprehensive education and counseling to homeowners, renters and landlords.



InnoVisions was launched in December 2008 as a low risk social enterprise designed to leverage the knowledge, skills, and abilities of staff. Its fee-for-service structure is designed to support NHA in reaching its goal of diversifying its revenue streams and increasing its ability to fund social service and community programs.


Nutrition Services

The Neighborhood House Association’s Nutrition Services is located in a centralized food service operation in the heart of San Diego. Often referred to as the “central kitchen,” Nutrition Services operates within 16,000 square feet of space, where the staff prepares daily breakfast, lunch, snack and supper for thousands of children all over San Diego County. The team is led by a registered dietitian, who works closely with the chef on staff to ensure that meals are tasty and nutrient-dense. All meals prepared exceed meal pattern guidelines provided by the USDA’s Child Care Food Program. NHA is leading the way nationally in bringing made-from-scratch, nutritious, whole and natural food to preschoolers and helping to dispel the myth that kids will not eat “healthy” food.


Project Enable

Neighborhood House Association’s Project Enable BPSR Wellness & Recovery Center provides time-limited, outpatient specialty mental health services, to adults 18 years of age and older. Individuals who are affected by serious and persistent mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders that interfere with their ability to function in key life roles, as parents, students, spouses and employees. Services focus on stabilization and recovery goals with the expectation that with treatment, clients will effectively recover and graduate from the program. Comprehensive services include mental health assessment, medication management, short term individual and group therapy, rehabilitation counseling, case management and linkage to supportive community services.


Project In-Reach

The Neighborhood House Association’s Project In-Reach program is designed to help incarcerated individuals with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders as they prepare for re-entry into the community by becoming educated about addiction and learning new coping mechanisms.

Project In-Reach can also assist in the successful linkage to community resources and services pre and post release, guiding in the transition process and assisting in a positive new beginning.


Senior Service Center

Neighborhood House Association’s Senior Service Center provides daily breakfast and lunch meals to adults 60 years of age and older. The meals are prepared and served on-site. The Senior Service Center also provides socialization, recreation, education, health and nutrition services to assist in the independence and safety of persons 60 years of age and older. Transportation is provided to and from the Senior Service Center in any area with Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) services. For more information contact the center.