volume LXVII | june 2019
five-year national advocacy campaign, Cost of Home, launches

Nearly 19 million U.S. households today pay half or more of their income on a place to live. That means 1 in 6 families are denied the personal and economic stability that safe, decent, affordable housing provides. That means that 1 in 6 families are forced to make impossible choices. When the cost of home is any family’s future, that’s something none of us can afford. We’re joining hundreds of Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country for our first national advocacy campaign - Cost of Home

The national Cost of Home campaign goal is to improve housing affordability for 10 million people over the course of five years through policy and system changes at the local, state, and federal levels. We’re helping to reach that goal in San Diego by ramping up to build 30 affordable homes per year, and by supporting the San Diego Housing Federation’s bond measure on the November, 2020 ballot that will generate $900 million to build 7,500 affordable homes for veterans, homeless families, elderly, and disabled residents of our City. 

There are many things you can do to help make the cost of home something we all can afford, including emailing or mailing your elected representatives, sharing this message with your networks, and engaging with us on social media - we’ll make it easy!
don't dump it, donate it!

Have a store, warehouse, or workshop filled with discounted, overstock, or remnant items? Make space for new merchandise and help us by donating it - we’ll even pick it up! Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit discount home improvement retail centers that accept donations of new or gently-used building materials and home furnishings. We sell these items to the public to help fund the construction of affordable homes sold to families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to purchase a home in San Diego. Click here to see a list of items we accept. Questions? Contact Anthony Flores at 619-241-2173 or anthony.flores@sandiegohabitat.org .

Ready to donate? Drop off your items any of our four convenient ReStore locations in Kearny Mesa, Escondido, National City, and Carlsbad, or simply schedule a pick up.
ramping up outreach efforts for neighborhood revitalization

With fiscal year 2020 right around the corner, San Diego Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) department is activating outreach and engagement efforts in San Diego’s Greater Logan Heights neighborhoods. With the goal of improving overall quality of life by helping families repair health and safety concerns in their homes, San Diego Habitat seeks partnerships with local community organizations in order to identify homeowners who may qualify for home repair. Through these partnerships, San Diego Habitat is able to sustainably affect positive neighborhood change and impact quality of life.
If you are interested in inviting San Diego Habitat’s NR department to an upcoming outreach event in Logan Heights or Southeast San Diego, please contact Sarah Bertman at sarah.bertman@sandiegohabitat.org .
update on the state of San Diego County's housing emergency

The California Housing Partnership recently released an update on the state of San Diego County’s housing emergency, finding that San Diego County needs 136,631 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand, that San Diego’s lowest income households are disproportionately and severely cost burdened - spending more than 50% of their income on housing - and that a 76% cut in federal and state funding has reduced investment in affordable housing in San Diego County by more than $134 million annually since 2008. To read the entire report, click here .
Habitat is hard at work every day to build affordable homes for ownership, as well as to repair and preserve existing homes for homeowners earning less than the area median income. We need your help. We need your voice. Please join our advocacy mailing list today. We’ll send you updates on affordable housing legislation we are working on with our partners in the industry, as well as action alerts so you can easily make your voice heard from City Hall to the Capitol.
North San Diego County Alumnae Chapter hosting a Home Builders 5K Fun Run/Walk next month

We are pleased to announce that the North San Diego County Alumnae Chapter (NSDCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will host its inaugural community service Home Builders 5K fun run/walk on Saturday, July 27, 2019 to benefit San Diego Habitat for Humanity. The event held on the beautiful campus of UC San Diego in La Jolla will feature a 5K run/walk through the campus, celebrity warmup by StepNicelyDance choreographer, Pamela Jackson, On-the-Spot-Interviews by MC Brandon Stone, KUSI Sports personality, DJ music, vendor fair, silent auction, opportunity drawing, door prizes, and much more.  

NSDCAC became involved with SDHFH Women Build campaign last year and was so gratified by the experience that they decided to sign-on for this year’s program. To date, the group has raised well over $5,000 and hopes to secure additional funds in support of Habitat through launch of their 5K event. Please make plans to register now, and form a team with family members, friends, and colleagues for a day of fun. The race begins at 9:00am, so arrive early to find a complimentary parking space and enjoy a day of pre/post-race activities. San Diego Habitat will be on hand to help support and offer volunteer service for the 5K event. We hope to see you there!
manage your energy bill this summer with Level Pay

Surprises are for birthdays, not your energy bills. To help you manage them this summer, SDG&E has a program called Level Pay.

Here’s how it works: Level Pay starts with the average dollar amount on your last twelve energy bills. You’ll be billed this same amount for the first three months, even if your energy use varies. After that, your payment amount is adjusted once every three months, based upon your actual energy use. On each monthly bill, we’ll also show you how much energy you actually used, as well as the cost. Download the Level Pay brochure and learn more here .
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Thank you to these generous sponsors for helping Habitat build homes, communities, and hope in June!
San Diego Habitat for Humanity
8128 Mercury Court, San Diego, CA 92111
619-283-4663 (HOME)