San Diego Habitat for Humanity (SDHFH) is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and serves San Diego County. It is an autonomous 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is governed locally, raises funds locally and builds locally.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, San Diego Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Our programs are focused on creating homes for ownership by low-income families in need. Habitat homes are sold to Partner Families at no profit and are financed by a 0%-interest 25 to 30-year mortgage. The mortgage payments create a revolving fund that Habitat uses to construct future homes for local families in need.
Habitat partner families qualify for our program by showing a demonstrated need for improved housing, a willingness to partner with Habitat by committing to 250-500 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build their own homes, and the ability to repay the 0%-interest, 25 to 30-year mortgage.
In order to build these homes, Habitat utilizes approximately 5,000 volunteers each year. Anyone who is willing to lend their time and energy can help build a home. When a volunteer works side by side with a future homeowner, they learn the true story of the need for affordable housing and of the strength and perseverance of their neighbors.
SDHFH operates ReStores, home improvement retail centers in Mission Valley and Escondido, open to the public, that accept donations of new and used materials, selling them to support operating and building costs. This social enterprise venture benefits the community both fiscally and environmentally. Low-cost home improvement items are offered to the public while keeping useable appliances and building materials out of our landfills.
Veterans’ Programs – Serving Those Who Have Served Us
The Repair Corps program provides critical home repair to veterans and their families. SDHFH has plans to repair 24 homes in FY14.
The Building for the Brave program builds new homes in partnership with disabled veterans and their families. Homes are outfitted with state of the art finishings adapted to the special needs of the veteran. SDHFH broke ground on its first Building for the Brave community in Lakeside in April, 2013.
In an effort to help alleviate blight in our communities, SDHFH’s rehab program, active since 2010, takes existing homes and rehabs them for purchase by low-income families, and has increased the number of needy families Habitat is able to serve.