Taking care of your Loved One Is What We Do BEST!

It's no secret, most of us would like to stay in our own home as we age. Yet, sometimes our loved ones just need a little extra help to remain comfortable at home. That's where Always Best Care can help....we are dedicated to exceeding expectations....always

Please submit form to schedule a

Personal Care Consultation

Local Magic Personal Care Consultation

Please submit this form below and we will chat shortly!

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Home Care In Spring Valley, CA

Home Care Spring Valley, CA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Bancroft Ranch House Museum gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Spring Valley, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

 In-Home Care Spring Valley, CA

location Service Areas

The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Hi, my name is Janett .. Working at Always Best Care has been the best experience of my life, from the day I went to apply for the job as a caregiver I felt very humbled. Im happy working at ABC and I hope to continue working for many years.. "❤️"”

Chapis V.

“I'm a caregiver with Always Best Care. I've work for the agency since early April 2023. My experience has been fun, challenging at times but very rewarding. My clients are very nice. It is a great place to work. Management and administration are very communicative and attentive. They always address any concerns I have whether it is schedule issue, a client issue, or a special request. I love working for ABC. I highly recommend our company for any prospective or experienced caregivers. ????”

Robert T.

“My name is Haley Maddox and I’ve been with Always Best Care for a few months now and I would just like to say I absolutely LOVE and appreciate the company because they are always willing to work with you and your schedule to fit your personal life as well. Not only that but they make sure you know it’s ok to report any and every kind of complications at work and they always encourage you to ask questions and I like that a lot because not many jobs give you that comfortable feeling that YOU matter too. Thank you to ALWAYS BEST CARE for taking great care of not just their clients but their employees as well!❤️”

Haley L.

“So grateful to be apart of this wonderful community of people, it is such a great company! My clients treat me as I am their family and I truly take great pride in being able to care for them.”

Midori G.

“Have really enjoyed working for Always Best Care !”

Angelica L.

“Chelsea from the day she manager has been sweet and wonderful, making sure my schedule which is very complicated was met. She is a blessing to me”

Gloria B.

“This is Gloria Brown and Ive been with always best care for some years. Its always been a great company to work for, but it even got better when Chelsea became the manager. With my super busy schedule she's alway been able to accommodate me, witch is not easy. It has been a blessing having her in my life. I've never worked for a company that shows appreciation and rewards us often. It feels wonderful to be appreciated. Thank you.”

Willie B.

“Always Best Care has been and continues to be a great working environment. The flexibility in my schedule has made it one of the most beneficial advantages working here. I have had the pleasure to have such great clients that have been very compatible both ways. Overall working at Always Best Care is and continues to be a great, flexible, compatible, understanding environment. Thank you Always Best Care”

A Q.

“Aida Gomez is truly an Angel in disguise She is patient with me & attend to all my needs as a caregiver.. Her appearance & personality is awesome!!????. Am very pleased with Aida. I love her flexibility.”

Martha C.

“For me it is a honor to be part of this company called ALWAYS BEST CARE . From the first moment they always treated me with great respect , always worried about what I need . For me , my clients are part of my family, they are people who needs heard,respected and loved♥️I feel very blessed to be their caregiver ????.. Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of your beautiful company ????”

leticia O.

“I have a great experience, flexible hours, great place to work.”

Ofelia C.

“This is a great place to work, great environment there is very nice staff a job you can call home and care about are clients.”

Janet M.

“Always best care provides an excellent service as a caregiver. They care about the staff and the patient needs. The Leadership team are very compassion because they have a good level of communication and it also wants to do the right things.”

Lorena D.

“Ophelia Carter is the best thing that ever happened to Bobby Wigley. She has a lot of patience and she is so good for him. She manages to do everything in a timely manner for him. She's amazing. I don't know how much money she makes but she deserves more. Thank you”

Darlene W.

“Hello ???????? there this is Leonardo Martínez I’m one of the formal Care givers associates for Always best Care I would like to thanks not only always best care in general for the amazing management but specially to my manager the best and most caring manager I have ever had ever, specially when it comes to work and making things work for everyone, awesome communication stills and training, always showing the best guidance for work,making me learn something new I can apply for work, honestly couldn’t be more great full and satisfied for chelsy Boscarino being by manages. God bless sincerely.”

Leonardo M.

“I am getting the best quality of care”

Marilyn V.

“Always Best Care Senior Services meets each of their client's needs regardless of the intensity of the illness. Health and safety are #1 with this agency without question as to the complexity or time frame. They are committed for the duration. Customer service is not a lost cause. The staff will go beyond its means to comply to request.”

Bennie S.

“From the start everyone (I've interacted with) has been awesome. You can tell they really care and so do their jobs well. From Chelsea in admin to Steven the phone nurse and especially Martesha Dad's caregiver. They make taking care of my father so much easier than it would be if I were on my own. I appreciate all of you and all you do. Thank you.”

Dawn W.

“Honestly this is a great company to work for. The owners really care about what they do and it's really refreshing for a change. It's been a blessing to be apart of the family. I look forward to continue my journey with them and helping seniors in our community!”

Shepherd B.

“Just wanted you to know that we moved Beth into Pacific Pointe last weekend. All is going well and I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to show me this place.”

Jill K.

“Ethan Kim was extremely helpful in assisting us set up in home care support. His staff was very friendly and made my mother comfortable. Ethan was always available to answer questions and was quick to provide substitute support when needed. Would highly recommend this company for senior care.”

Kathy C.

“Ethan Kim of Always Best Senior Services helped me find a place for my husband to recuperate after surgery for a broken femur and extensive surgery. He took me to see three places. I was able to choose one and I am very happy with my choice. I know I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this on my own. Very grateful for his service.”

Connie G.

“Outstanding service taking care of my Dad. The CNA assigned was awesome and we felt great knowing that she was there throughout the day. She was attentive, caring and genuine. I would highly recommend their services. You will not be disappointed.”

Steve P.

“Ethan did an excellent job finding placement for my father within tight time parameters. The home care facility Ethan helped us to find has turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for all of us. They have my father rehabilitated with their extra attention and care to the point where he can even walk again.”

Heather R.

“Ethan is a hard-working, honest man who will do everything in his power to get the right service you need.”

Sora K.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Spring Valley, CA?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

 Senior Care Spring Valley, CA

Types of Elderly Care in Spring Valley, CA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

Respite Care Spring Valley, CA
Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
 Caregivers Spring Valley, CA
Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Spring Valley County Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
Home Care Spring Valley, CA
Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Gaetano's Italian Restaurant or visit Valley Springs (California Historical Landmark No. 251), don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

 In-Home Care Spring Valley, CA

Benefits of Home Care in Spring Valley, CA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

Request More Information vector

Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Spring Valley, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

 Elderly Care Spring Valley, CA

Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
 Senior Care Spring Valley, CA

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Spring Valley, CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

Respite Care Spring Valley, CA

At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
 Caregivers Spring Valley, CA

At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Covenant Living at Mount Miguel
  • Pacifica Senior Living Spring Valley
  • Casa Primavera Assisted Living
  • Spring Valley Retirement Home
  • Troy Independent Living
  • Living Independently Is For Everyone
Home Care Spring Valley, CA

For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

 In-Home Care Spring Valley, CA

Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Spring Valley, CA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

 Elderly Care Spring Valley, CA

Latest News in Spring Valley, CA

Anita Tamapua Takes Over as La Mesa/Spring Valley Postmaster

Manages USPS Services for La Mesa, Spring Valley CommunitiesLA MESA — Anita Tamapua was recently named the Postmaster of the La Mesa/Spring Valley Post Office.In that position, she is responsible for the operations of five postal facilities: the La Mesa Post Office at 10174 Austin Drive; the La Mesa Finance Station at 8064 Allison Ave; the La Mesa Carrier Annex at 6055 Lake Murray Blvd; the Spring Valley Casa De Oro Post Office at 9804 Campo Rd; and the Grossmont Post Off...

Manages USPS Services for La Mesa, Spring Valley Communities

LA MESA — Anita Tamapua was recently named the Postmaster of the La Mesa/Spring Valley Post Office.

In that position, she is responsible for the operations of five postal facilities: the La Mesa Post Office at 10174 Austin Drive; the La Mesa Finance Station at 8064 Allison Ave; the La Mesa Carrier Annex at 6055 Lake Murray Blvd; the Spring Valley Casa De Oro Post Office at 9804 Campo Rd; and the Grossmont Post Office at 5500 Grossmont Center.

Tamapua supervises 187 employees and oversees retail services and the daily distribution of mail on 91 delivery routes in La Mesa and Spring Valley and to more than 5,000 PO Boxes located at her facilities.

She replaces former La Mesa Postmaster Harry Ringgold, who retired.

Tamapua is a 29-year postal employee who began her career as a mail carrier at the Southeastern Post Office in San Diego and most recently served as the postmaster of the La Jolla Post Office.

I’m proud and honored to have been selected for this position,” said Tamapua. “This office has held a special place in my heart ever since I worked there as a supervisor a decade ago. I hope to further the Postal Service’s legacy of outstanding customer service, to contribute to the overall success of the organization, and to create an engaging, positive atmosphere for the office’s dedicated employees.

“As outlined in USPS’s Delivering for America plan, we are modernizing and continually adapting to the changing needs of our customers. Our customers are priority one, whether they’re located in the middle of a major metropolis or in suburban communities like La Mesa and Spring Valley.

“I want to express my gratitude to family, my coworkers and all of my managers and mentors for their support and encouragement throughout my career, and to the leadership team at the USPS San Diego District office for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”

Tamapua was born and raised in San Diego. She graduated from Morse High School and attended San Diego City College.

Her hobbies include spending time with her family and creating succulent arrangements and gardens.


The United States Postal Service is an independent federal establishment, mandated to be self-financing and to serve every American community through the affordable, reliable and secure delivery of mail and packages to 167 million addresses six and often seven days a week. Overseen by a bipartisan Board of Governors, the Postal Service is implementing a 10-year transformation plan, Delivering for America, to modernize the postal network, restore long-term financial sustainability, dramatically improve service across all mail and shipping categories, and maintain the organization as one of America’s most valued and trusted brands.

The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

For USPS media resources, including broadcast quality video and audio and photo stills, visit the USPS Newsroom. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Subscribe to the USPS YouTube Channel and like us on Facebook. For more information about the Postal Service, visit and

Supervisors OK 150 homeless sleeping cabins, safe parking site

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — In another move to address the needs of people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the creation of new sleeping cabins and a designated safe parking site for recreational vehicles.An announcement by the board Wednesday said 150 sleeping cabins, referred to as the Jamacha sleeping cabins, will be located in Spring Valley at the intersection of Jamacha Road and the southbound state Route 125 off-ramp at 8534 Jamacha Road. ...

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — In another move to address the needs of people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the creation of new sleeping cabins and a designated safe parking site for recreational vehicles.

An announcement by the board Wednesday said 150 sleeping cabins, referred to as the Jamacha sleeping cabins, will be located in Spring Valley at the intersection of Jamacha Road and the southbound state Route 125 off-ramp at 8534 Jamacha Road.

According to the board, the land is leased from the California Department of Transportation. There will also be 44 safe parking spaces.

Creating these cabins would allow the County to remove 150 rooms that are currently part of the Regional Homeless Assistance Program (RHAP) which, according to the board, currently have an estimated $9 million annual operating cost.

In addition to the Jamacha sleeping cabins, the board also approved the construction of the Willow RV Senior and Family Parking site, which is expected to start sometime next year. The site will be located in the unincorporated Lakeside community at the intersection of Willow Road and Ashwood Street.

An earlier concept design showed the site will have 17 total safe RV parking spaces, an office space, storage and restrooms. According to the board, it’s anticipated to serve 85 individuals each year.

Both projects are part of the Compassionate Emergency Solutions and Pathways to Housing plan approved by the board in February of 2022.

Designing and constructing the sleeping cabins is estimated to cost $18.5 million, while building the Willow RV Senior and Family Parking site is estimated to cost $4.9 million.

The annual cost of operating the Jamacha sleeping cabins is estimated between $5- to $6 million, compounded by an estimated annual operation cost of $860,000 for the 17 RV parking sites.

The board voted to accept $10 million in state funding to go toward building the Jamacha sleeping cabins.

The board said additional funding for both projects would come from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was approved on Feb. 27 to support “one-time costs and operational costs for emergency housing efforts” through fiscal year 2026.

The most recent Point-in-Time (PIT) count, which collects the number of people living on the streets or staying in San Diego shelters in a single night, identified 10,264 homeless individuals in 2023. In addition, the PIT identified an estimated 200 people experiencing homelessness in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Spring Valley abandoned house fire leaves 1 dead

A fire broke out at a home around 4 a.m. on the 8600 block of Eileen Street in Spring Valley on Sunday morning. San Miguel Fire & Rescue and deputies from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff's Station arrived on scene within five minutes after receiving a call from a neighbor.The next door neighbor told NBC 7 she was first woken up by her dog barking, and then firefighters banging on her windows and front door."It's been hell — it's been hell," she said. The neighbor did not want to identify herself out of fear for...

A fire broke out at a home around 4 a.m. on the 8600 block of Eileen Street in Spring Valley on Sunday morning. San Miguel Fire & Rescue and deputies from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff's Station arrived on scene within five minutes after receiving a call from a neighbor.

The next door neighbor told NBC 7 she was first woken up by her dog barking, and then firefighters banging on her windows and front door.

"It's been hell — it's been hell," she said. The neighbor did not want to identify herself out of fear for her safety. She told NBC 7 that this house has been a problem for years. Her neighbors told a similar story.

"It's been condemned a couple times, people kind of come in and out -- there's usually people that are up to no good living in there," said Cindy Lopez, a neighbor who was out walking her dog.

Get San Diego local news, weather forecasts, sports and lifestyle stories to your inbox. Sign up for NBC San Diego newsletters.

The Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit said the back of the home was engulfed by the fire. It came dangerously close to the next door neighbor's home.

"The winds were so bad, I thought my house was going to go," said the neighbor.

While putting out the fire, the Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit said a person was found inside the home. Firefighters attempted to perform life-saving measures, but he was later declared dead at the scene. NBC 7 was there when the individual was placed in a body bag and transported on a gurney.

The identity of the deceased person has not yet been released.

San Miguel Fire & Rescue confirmed that the property was deemed abandoned, and contained illegal electrical equipment among other hazards known to firefighters, having been called to the property before.

"The owner that used to live there passed away, then his daughter inherited that house and the next thing you know, there'd just be people coming in and out of that house every single day," said a neighbor who lives across the street. They, too, did not wish to be identified.

The Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit has been investigating the cause of the fire.

Resource Center opens in Spring Valley for victims of storm damage

SPRING VALLEY, Calif — Victims of last week’s flash flooding are finding vital information at the county of San Diego’s newly opened resource center now open in Spring Valley.“We’ve got some great produce,” said Frank Ortego from the San Diego Food Bank. “Honeydew, watermelon, potatoes and tangerines.” City of San Dieg...

SPRING VALLEY, Calif — Victims of last week’s flash flooding are finding vital information at the county of San Diego’s newly opened resource center now open in Spring Valley.

“We’ve got some great produce,” said Frank Ortego from the San Diego Food Bank. “Honeydew, watermelon, potatoes and tangerines.”

Located within the Spring Valley County Library, there are over 25 governmental agencies and non-profits providing every kind of advice flood victims need — even some advice they may not know they need.

“They walk in and think they may need some food, some clothing,” explained Chuck Westerheide, who is with the County of San Diego Safety Group. “Then they find out that they need to stop the property taxes on their home or their utilities are still turned on, but they’re not living at their home. Well that bill is going to come to them at the end of the month if they don’t get that turned off.”

The historic rain throughout the county last Monday left widespread damage from flooding – especially in hard hit areas like National City, Shelltown and Southcrest, where some families lost everything and are now looking for answers about how to recover not just their homes, but insurance claims, property tax relief, replacing destroyed documents.

“They may need to talk to somebody about their property taxes, the assessor’s office is there. They may walk around to the back side of that and feel that they need to talk to the food bank so they can come out here and get some food. Some people don’t have their driver’s license anymore so they have to go to the DMV, in this case we have it here, and we can get them a new driver’s license.”

Since the resource center opened Sunday they have seen nearly a thousand households. They will stay open until they are no longer needed. For now they are open through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“The Salvation Army is inside handing people out just basic clothing supplies. They walk in, they don’t have any of their clothes anymore, so they’ve really got to have something just to wear, to put on their kids the next day so they can still go to school while they’re sorting out all the problems that they’ve had in the last week.”

FOX 5 tours flooding damage inside La Mesa, Spring Valley schools

LA MESA, Calif. — Monday’s rain storms across San Diego County hit the La Mesa-Spring Valley school district schools hard. The district had to let students home early because of the flooding on school campuses.FOX 5 was able to tour two of the elementary schools, where some of the base boards have been removed and large dryers and humidifiers are drying out the classrooms.“Under this pathway is all gone,” said Janet Josa, Kempton Literacy Academy principal.Heavy rains in a short period of time dam...

LA MESA, Calif. — Monday’s rain storms across San Diego County hit the La Mesa-Spring Valley school district schools hard. The district had to let students home early because of the flooding on school campuses.

FOX 5 was able to tour two of the elementary schools, where some of the base boards have been removed and large dryers and humidifiers are drying out the classrooms.

“Under this pathway is all gone,” said Janet Josa, Kempton Literacy Academy principal.

Heavy rains in a short period of time damaged all 21 La Mesa Spring Valley District schools. Monday’s storm sent students home early, and kept them home on Tuesday.

“Some kids, we had to act quickly, so some backpacks were left behind and lunch boxes,” Josa said.

At Kempton Literacy Academy, the water from an overflowing storm drain on Kempton Road swallowed up the kinder area. One kindergarten classroom in that area was especially flooded.

“And on that building, you can see the level where the water went up on the side of the building,” Josa explains. “And we had to evacuate students from a window from that classroom.”

On Monday, Kempton made schedule adjustments, such as moving recess indoors. The principal eventually made the decision to tell all kids to stay inside to avoid walking across a saturated campus.

The water quickly became devastating.

“We’ve got books that have to be thrown out because they are completely soaking wet, that’s the major impact, a lot of teachers put so much heart and work and effort into decorating their classrooms, and having materials that look nice and things for kids,” Josa said.

Over at Bancroft Elementary School, “What you see here was everywhere. You could not see the ground below,” said La Mesa Spring Valley School District Director of Business Services Robert Cochran as he explained an area of classrooms.

Cochran said on Monday the Bancroft principal called to say nearly all classrooms had flooded.

By Tuesday, layers of mud still blanket classrooms.

“So all of the work that is being done in regards to the floors and clearing slippery mud and slippery conditions is all critical stuff we have been working on today,” Cochran said.

Work today that comes with accolades to the staff and students.

“It’s a lot of trauma out there, I praise them for being calm and working together, to get through this,” Cochran said.

“It takes a team to make things happen in a crisis situation, it was an emergency situation yesterday, but we had to make a lot of decisions real quickly,” Josa said.

Kempton students will return to school on Wednesday, but the kindergarteners will return to different classrooms, until the kinder area is sanitized and deemed safe for students and staff.

Bancroft will not open tomorrow, but the students will attend another school until Bancroft is ready and cleaned.


This website publishes news articles that contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. The non-commercial use of these news articles for the purposes of local news reporting constitutes "Fair Use" of the copyrighted materials as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law.