The San Diego affiliate of Habitat for Humanity was originally founded in 1988 as “Tijuana-San Diego Habitat for Humanity,” constructing 357 homes in Baja California during its early years. By the mid-1990’s, the focus shifted to concentrate on the affordable housing needs of San Diego County. Governed by a Board of Directors and led by President and CEO Lori Holt Pfeiler, San Diego Habitat for Humanity seeks to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.
We believe that decent shelter for everyone should be a matter of conscience and action. Our vision is to eliminate substandard housing in San Diego County through homeownership opportunities for hardworking, low-income families. Habitat homeowners build their homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your help, our organization empowers families and drives increased commitment to the community.
In addition to building new homes, San Diego Habitat for Humanity partners with other community-based organizations to help neighborhoods become stronger, more vibrant places to live. Our Neighborhood Revitalization program provides home repair, weatherization, and home preservation focused on improving entire communities around new Habitat construction sites and supporting families who already own their homes.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity also operates three ReStores, home improvement discount centers where the public can purchase donated new and like new items at 30-70% below retail price. Our locations in San Diego, Escondido, and National City feature a wide array of furniture, appliances, building materials, and more. ReStore donations and purchases fund the construction of homes throughout San Diego County and help keep tons of usable materials out of local landfills.
Families are the heart of every Habitat program and our critical function is the engagement and support of families who need a hand up to purchase or maintain their very own home. We are proud that we have been able to help build so many better life stories that transcend generations.