What We Are Doing

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Investing in Our Community

power washing the streetSince 2017, the City of El Cajon has invested over $250,000 in direct services to help people currently experiencing homelessness. This figure does not include the funds and staff hours addressing the impacts of homelessness on the community.  

Improving Conditions on the Streets

City personnel coordinates closely with partner agencies, including the East County Homeless Task Force, Crisis House, East County Transitional Living Center, and the San Diego Regional Task Force on Homelessness. The City also works with property owners to address and clean up any conditions whenever and wherever they may occur, consistent with the requirements of local law. Since fall 2018, the City and volunteer groups have removed over 112 tons of trash from the streets. The City has and will continue to support the efforts of many other non-profit partners and volunteer groups throughout the community.  

Addressing Concerns

  • 3 stuff dumpedIf there's something that you're specifically concerned about, like trash or alley issues, submit a service request with a detailed description at or call 619-441-1658.
  • If you run a local business and would like to connect with the local police about keeping the area safe, call El Cajon Police Non-Emergency 619-579-3311
  • If there is suspicious activity going on, connect to officers in your neighborhood by calling the Police Dispatch at 619-579-3311 or visit
  • If there is a medical emergency or you feel threatened in any way, call 9-1-1.