Chicano Federation

The Chicano Federation serves more than 8,000 people each year. Originally rooted in the Latino community, the Federation now meets the needs of people from a wide range of backgrounds, focusing on low-income families and seniors. Through life-saving programs and services, the Chicano Federation has dramatically altered the lives of the people that we serve.

Jalili Shafiqullah

Jalili's Story

"All success comes with great effort and dedication. Moving to a new country, adjusting to a new culture, new people, new rules, was a huge shock for my family and me when we arrived in the United States in March 2014.

The first years were tough, but we were fortunate to have the Chicano Federation on our side. Not only did they have great management and dedicated, caring site managers, they were able to provide us with a wonderful large apartment in City Heights at a very affordable rent – close to my work at the Alliance for African Assistance and to other refugees living in the area.

My family and I are deeply grateful to the Chicano Federation for making the transition to our new homeland so much easier. You have made a difference for us and so many others!"

– Jalili Shafiqullah
Case Worker, Alliance for African Assistance


"For decades, the Chicano Federation has served the basic needs of many families in the San Diego region with critical programs that have adapted to changing community needs. Through a variety of high quality services, the Federation has helped thousands of people achieve their goals for a better life for them and their families."

– Francisco J. Urtasun
Regional Vice President of External Affairs, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

"For over 40 years, the Chicano Federation has improved neighborhoods, provided services for children, seniors and families, and has been a fierce advocate for the powerless. The Federation is an indispensable part of the fabric of San Diego and our community is better for it."

– Greg Cox
San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 1