volume xlviii | august 2017
Habitat repairs homes, too!

Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) is a tool that allows San Diego Habitat for Humanity to serve many more hardworking families. Many of Habitat's new construction sites are nestled into older neighborhoods that are in need of some attention and care; in these neighborhoods, our efforts focus on the improvement of entire communities and supporting families who already own their homes. Habitat has implemented major multi-year NR efforts in the communities of Escondido and Imperial Beach, and will continue to work in neighborhoods where it builds new houses.  We are beginning repairs in the southeastern San Diego community of Logan Heights, as well as in El Cajon.

The NR program encourages existing residents of a neighborhood to be active participants in the revitalization of their own community. Habitat partners with other community-based organizations to help neighborhoods become stronger, more vibrant places to live.  
An array of housing solutions are offered through NR.  Home repairs, weatherization, home preservation, and even wraparound family support services such as financial education referrals and home maintenance classes are all provided as a way to build stronger communities.  
In addition to income guideline requirements, families should be able to show a demonstrated need for improved housing and have a willingness to partner with Habitat in the project.
For more information about Neighborhood Revitalization or to apply for assistance, please call us at 619-283-4663, or visit our website at www.sandiegohabitat.org.
sponsor spotlight | Realty Income     

San Diego Habitat for Humanity and Realty Income Corporation (Realty Income, NYSE: O), The Monthly Dividend Company®, came together this month to build better life stories for local hardworking families in need of decent, affordable housing.
Realty Income is one of only four S&P 500 companies headquartered in San Diego. The company is structured as a REIT, and its monthly dividends are supported by the cash flow from over 5,000 real estate properties owned under long-term lease agreements with regional and national commercial tenants.
Realty Income believes giving back to the community is an extension of its mission to improve the lives of its shareholders, its employees, and their families.  As such, Realty Income has a Corporate Responsibility Program which reflects its strong commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen and taking an active role in the betterment of the communities in which its employees and shareholders live and work. This month's activities were a part of Realty Income's continued philanthropic efforts, and supported Habitat for Humanity's affordable homeownership program in Logan Heights.
Realty Income's continued partnership with Habitat includes a donation of $100,000 and the hard work of 150 employee volunteers, the workforce of nearly the entire company, who helped build the walls of homes in the first phase of Habitat's newest affordable housing community in Logan Heights.  
Since the inception of the partnership three years ago, Realty Income has donated $325,000 and over 1,000 volunteer hours in support of Habitat's programs.
tithe to Lesotho helps orphans and vulnerable populations 

Lesotho  Lesotho, a high-altitude, landlocked kingdom encircled by South Africa, is classified as one of the least developed countries globally, with the national population below the poverty line estimated at 57.1%. Rampant HIV and AIDS leaves orphans in its wake - 27% of children under the age of 18 have no living parents.  The life expectancy is only 53 years old. 

Most housing structures in Lesotho do not meet any local standards for decent living. The majority of these houses are built out of mud, stones, or sticks and often lack proper ventilation due to absence of windows. Safety in such houses is minimal as the doors are of poor quality and often lack proper door locks. Land ownership and disputes related to inheritance rights have also contributed to the challenges faced by vulnerable groups, with many becoming victims of disinheritance, property and land grabbing leaving them in desperate need of a decent and affordable place to live.   
Habitat for Humanity International is working to help these vulnerable populations through new home construction, sanitation, training, and advocacy for securing land rights.  Your donations are helping too, as San Diego Habitat for Humanity gives a portion of its unrestricted funds each year to help.  A new home with sanitation and safety features costs only about $5,000 to build, and our donations make a huge impact.
To learn more about Habitat's work in Lesotho, please click here
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Thank you to these generous sponsors for helping Habitat build homes, communities, and hope this month!  





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