volume LXVIII | july 2019
congratulations to five new habitat homeowners!

We are pleased to announce that all five homes in our Ballantyne community in El Cajon have been sold! Applicants go through a selection process that seeks future homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in Habitat’s homeownership program through performing "sweat equity" in the building of their home, and their ability to repay the affordable mortgage. The Ballantyne community features a drought-tolerant landscape, use of sustainable building materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and energy-efficient Whirlpool appliances. Construction began in 2017 and was completed earlier this month. 

Frank and Angelica, pictured here with their three children, as well as four other new homeowners, are looking forward to thriving in their new home together.
homelessness and affordable housing bond measure at rules committee on july 31

San Diego Habitat for Humanity is an early supporter of The San Diego Housing Federation’s proposed housing bond – “Homes for San Diegans” – and we are joining them in officially launching the effort with a march to City Hall TOMORROW, July 31st. 

The item is scheduled to be heard tomorrow at the Rules Committee at 1pm on the 12th floor of City Hall . The Committee will make a decision on whether or not to place the measure on the November 2020 ballot. The proposed measure would generate $900 million in the City of San Diego to produce up to 7,500 new affordable homes over seven years, including 2,500 for supportive housing; 2,500 for seniors, veterans, people living with disabilities, and transition aged youth; and 2,500 for low-wage families. Read the proposed housing bond fact sheet here .

Meet at Horton Plaza Park tomorrow at 11am to join the March & Rally to show your support! Learn more and RSVP on Facebook here
go back to school with the ReStore

Home shopping on a budget? From couches and lighting to futons and wall art, let the ReStore furnish your dorm or apartment for less! Show your student ID to take 25% off home decor and furniture the entire month of August at any of our four participating ReStore locations in San Diego County, including Kearny Mesa, Escondido, National City, and Carlsbad.
san diego habitat awarded $10,000 grant from harrah's resort southern california

San Diego Habitat was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Harrah's Resort Southern California All-in 4 Change program to fund veteran home repair services across San Diego County. We were selected as a grant recipient among fifteen other nonprofit organizations in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange counties.

Our Veteran Repair program offers home repair services to existing veteran homeowners in an effort to improve their quality of life, giving them the resources they need to maintain their homes and to age in place. The funding provided by the Harrah’s award will focus on critical health and safety issues in homes owned by low-income veterans, creating better home environments. Thank you for helping our veterans build brighter futures, Harrah’s!
global village december 2018 trip update

In December 2018, two San Diego Habitat employees traveled to Chiapas, Mexico to volunteer to build a new home for Felipe and his family as part of a weeklong Global Village Trip . Meet Habitat homeowner Felipe, and hear about the life-changing impact of owning a home in the post-trip report here . Over the course of 29 years, Habitat Mexico has helped provide over 61,000 housing solutions for local families, working in over 1,250 communities and 22 states across the country. 

Interested in volunteering internationally with San Diego Habitat? We still have a couple of spots available for our first-ever Global Village Trip from September 14-22 in Chiapas, Mexico. Don’t miss out on this unique international volunteer experience - $300 reserves your spot. RSVP by Friday, August 2nd by contacting Trip Leader Joanna Shively at joanna.shively@sandiegohabitat.org .
california's department of housing asks californians to share their thoughts on housing needs

The state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released a survey asking for Californians - from renters, homeowners, and people experiencing homelessness to developers, real-estate professionals, elected officials, and people living in rural communities - to share their opinions on housing and community needs and challenges within their neighborhoods.

Californians interested in housing and community issues are encouraged to complete the survey by October 1, 2019.
partner corner

Thank you to these generous sponsors for helping Habitat build homes, communities, and hope in July!
San Diego Habitat for Humanity
8128 Mercury Court, San Diego, CA 92111
619-283-4663 (HOME)