What is BuildOUT?

In 2018, we teamed up with San Diego Pride to create BuildOUT, a historic event that brought together LGBTQ community members to build homes and bridges. The long-awaited partnership is rooted in our shared values — building community and inspiring hope. Founded in 1974, San Diego Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is “Fostering pride in and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, locally, nationally, and globally.”

Quick facts:

  • Years running:

  • Total impact:
    172 volunteers • 1,012 hours

Why BuildOUT?

Safe, stable, affordable housing is the foundation of thriving individuals, families, and neighborhoods, but there is much work to be done to create equity in homeownership in many communities, including the LGBTQ community. BuildOUT shines a light on the need to address discrimination in affordable housing as well as the barriers to homeownership that exist for our LGBTQ neighbors.

Read more: What’s keeping LGBTQ homeownership low?

WATCH: BuildOUT in the News
  • Pride’s vision:
    A world free of prejudice and bias.

  • San Diego Habitat’s vision:
    A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

“Here are two organizations that most people have never said in the same sentence before, working hand-in-hand to find shared values all while engaging community and building community. It’s a beautiful thing to focus on how two vastly different entities can find common ground … the world needs more of that.”

Fernando Zweifach López, Jr.


Event Recap

January 2020 • 3rd year • 60 individuals at five locations

Participating in BuildOUT 2020 alongside Pride volunteers were members of Impulse San Diego, North County LGBTQ Resource Center, PFLAG San Diego, Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol, and TransFamily Support Services.

Pride volunteers worked on the Habitat construction site in Logan Heights, as well as in all four ReStores — as cashiers, performing inventory, unloading donations, and executing general maintenance.

Interested in getting involved?

Learn more about San Diego Pride’s work in the local community.
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