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United Way/Labor Participation

The AFL-CIO’s Department of Labor Participation with assistance from United Way provides direct services to union members in need. The Department of Labor Participation is located at:

3737 Camino del Rio South, Suite #106
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619)641-0074
Fax: (619)282-1140
laborparticipation@uwsd.org

Assistance offered includes:

Rent & Mortgage Assistance

Periodically, money is available for the Department of Labor Participation’s Rent and Mortgage Program. If you are facing eviction from your apartment or have received a threatening letter from your mortgage company, you may be eligible for this assistance when funds are available. It is very important that you call our office before you come down for assistance. There are several documents that are necessary for you to bring which are required in order for us to assist you. Calling ahead of time will save you several trips.

Security Deposit Program

The Department of Labor Participation has developed a program that will eliminate the need to have so much up front money for security deposits. If you can afford the rent payment and have a zip code within the San Diego city limits, but do not have enough money for a security deposit, call us for details.

Food Bags

Our bags contain food from a variety of resources. The amount of food that we have available throughout the year varies, depending on these resources. We will provide food to union members to the best of our ability and as frequently as our resources allow us.

Utility Bills

If you have received a past due SDG&E bill, you may qualify for partial payment of your energy bill through the Department of Labor Participation’s Emergency Assistance Fund. You will need:

  • An Application for Assistance from your union
  • Original SDG&E bill
  • Identification
  • Money order for your portion of the bill

Water Bills

If you have a water bill that is past due, you may be eligible for us to assist you with a portion of your bill.

Unemployment Claim Assistance

If you need assistance in filing for unemployment insurance, we can help you. If you are denied unemployment insurance benefits and want to appeal that decision, we can help you make that appeal and represent you in the appeal hearing. We know the codes and the process.

Prescription Assistance Program

If you are unable to pay your prescription co pay, you may qualify for our prescription assistance program.

Please e-mail for more information or to schedule an appointment.

*Volunteer opportunities available with Community Service Letters offered for hours completed.