volume LXIV | march 2019
first four homes dedicated in Logan Heights

San Diego Habitat for Humanity dedicated the first four homes of its newest affordable housing community in Logan Heights. A total of 11 new homes are being built in partnership with local families in need of improved housing, and will be sold to them at a price they can afford.

Guests at this heartwarming event had the opportunity to wish the new homeowner famiies well send them blessings as they embark on their new lives filled with strength, stability, and independence.

T he houses were mostly built by Habitat’s army of about 7,000 annual volunteers working alongside the new homeowners, who commit to build and buy their own homes, as part of their partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The 1,300 – 1,400 square foot homes have 3 and 4-bedrooms, 2-car garages, private yards, drought-tolerant landscaping, and energy efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures.
 
Habitat is honored to have the support of the City of San Diego, The San Diego Housing Commission, BRIDGE Housing, the MAAC Project, the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education, and many generous sponsors such as the Home Depot, TD Ameritrade, Wells Fargo, Realty Income, and JP Morgan Chase, in making this community a reality.
 
This celebration marks the completion of the first phase, which includes four homes. All 11 homes are expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
Women Build 2019 is brought to you by Cox!

Cox has been a longstanding San Diego Habitat partner and we are thrilled that this year they have signed on as the presenting sponsor of Women Build ! Cox began their partnership with us in 2012 and since then has contributed more than 1,100 hours of volunteer time on 22 different homes, $185,000 making affordable homeownership a reality in San Diego County, and countless hours of additional media support. Their team joined Women Build for the first time in 2015 and since then their team has grown exponentially – this year they will have more than 75 volunteers join Women Build to help us continue building in Logan Heights. Thank you Cox for all your dedication and leadership in the San Diego community!

If you’d like to join Team Cox and 300 other amazing women coming together on a Habitat construction site to make a life-changing difference for local families in need of improved housing, please register today!
let the ReStore help you declutter!

Spring is here, and it's time for some spring cleaning! It can feel so good to clean and organize your home and garage, and even better to know that the items you no longer need can help provide a home for a family in need right here in San Diego.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home improvement centers that help San Diegans build and buy their own homes. And we need your donations! Now through April 6th, donate usable home furnishings and building materials to any Habitat for Humanity ReStore location in Kearny Mesa, Escondido, National City, and Carlsbad – and get entered to win a beautiful KitchenAid BBQ island! Bring your donations on Saturday, April 6th and stay for food, games, our 50% off sale, and more!

Click here for a simple spring cleaning checklist to help you get started!

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!
During the big 50% off sale, we'll have a big need for volunteers to help customers and accept donations. A barbecue lunch will be provided to all those volunteering at the ReStore that day to show our appreciation for your help. Click here to learn more or to sign up. 
home is the key

For many people across the U.S., access to an affordable home remains out of reach, creating barriers to affording basic necessities such as food, education or medical care. In San Diego, 59 percent of renter households are rent burdened, paying more than 30 percent of their income toward housing costs, and only 47 percent of residents own their home, compared with the national average of 69 percent.

To address this critical need locally and across the country, San Diego Habitat is joining Home is the Key, a national campaign by Habitat for Humanity International that spotlights the need for affordable housing and aims to raise funds to drive lasting change in the United States.

We are inviting people to tackle the affordable housing crisis right here in San Diego by visiting any ReStore location during the month of April and make a $1, $5, OR $20 donation to help local families build and buy their very own homes. 

“We have seen firsthand how an affordable home can play a key role in helping families and individuals thrive,” says Lori Holt Pfeiler, President/CEO of San Diego Habitat for Humanity. “We invite our community to show their support by donating, volunteering or advocating with us throughout April so we can partner with more homeowners and build strong futures together.”
AmeriCorps positions now open

San Diego Habitat is proud to announce AmeriCorps positions for the 2019-20 service year! AmeriCorps is a national service program with the goal of improving lives and fostering civic engagement. In addition to hands-on nonprofit experience, members will earn a biweekly living stipend, a monthly rent stipend, an education award and health benefits. If you or someone you know is interested in a year of service with San Diego Habitat, check out the position descriptions on our website .

For any questions concerning the AmeriCorps program, please contact Chris Orkwis at chris.orkwis@sandiegohabitat.org
#BuildHomesBuildHope with your state tax return

April 15th is right around the corner, and we have a way to make filing your taxes actually feel GOOD! You can help Habitat build a world where everyone has a decent place to live by making a donation on the Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund section of your 2018 California tax return. All contributions are distributed to local Habitat affiliates, so your donation helps local San Diegans on their path to homeownership. Your contribution is tax-deductible and helps Habitat #BuildHomesBuildHope!
building on faith

This month, we were blessed to host a Methodist Coalition build where 35 volunteers from six different Methodist churches in San Diego County joined us on our build site in Logan Heights. Collectively, they raised more than $3,500 to support the building of Habitat homes and to help families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable housing. 

Congregants from St. Paul's United Methodist Church of the Voyager, Chula Vista First United Methodist Church, Foothills United Methodist Church, San Carlos United Methodist Church, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, and First United Methodist Church participated in this build event. First United Methodist was instrumental in bringing the San Diego Habitat affiliate into existence in the early 1990’s, so we were pleased to welcome them back!

If you are interested in more information about how your house of faith can partner with us, please contact Zachary Mujica, our Faith Relations Coordinator, at zachary.mujica@sandiegohabitat.org .
partner corner

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