Our Mission

Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action, San Diego Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Habitat was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent and affordable home to live in dignity and safety.

SDHFH is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and serves the County of San Diego. SDHFH is an autonomous, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is governed locally, raises funds locally, and builds locally. 

Vision

A world where everyone has a decent pace to live.

All are Welcome

San Diego Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

The Program

Habitat programs are focused on creating homes for ownership by low-income families in need, offering a hand up, not a handout.  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. 

Habitat homes are built with donations of money, materials and labor. Since 1988, SDHFH has built over 200 homes throughout San Diego County, serving 900 men, women and children, with the support of nearly 200,000 volunteers and generous corporate and government partners.