They protected our home.
Now it’s our turn to protect theirs.

This fall, join us as we raise hammers — and funds — to support Habitat’s VetRepair and affordable homebuilding programs. All event proceeds directly support the construction and preservation of homes throughout San Diego County.

San Diego County is home to one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the country, which makes San Diego Habitat for Humanity geographically well suited to serve the needs of the veteran population. We serve local veterans through our VetRepair Program and Veterans Build events in which we partner with local organizations invested in San Diego’s veteran community. Together, we are working to make a difference at the homes of local veterans countywide.

Event details:

  • November 1–2 + 5–7, 2024

  • Join our interest list here to be notified when registration opens.

Our VetRepair program aims to provide stability for veteran homeowners.

Why Veterans Build?

  • Expensive housing costs:
    Nearly 4 million veterans pay at least 30 percent of their income toward rent or mortgage, while more than 1.5 million pay at least 50 percent. Using half of your income to pay rent or mortgage is an enormous strain on any household budget.

  • Slow-growing economy:
    The most recent veterans — those who served following 9/11 — have returned to a slow-growing economy and rising housing costs. These economic factors have made the transition from military service to civilian life difficult for many.
  • Aging veteran population:
    The National Low Income Housing Coalition finds that 2.5 million veterans heading households are at least 55 years of age. Of those 2.5 million veterans, 24 percent have housing cost burdens. Older veterans are more likely than civilians to have a disability — 35 percent versus 28 percent — which may require health and safety home modifications and other supportive services as they age.

  • Gender inequities:
    Our country’s female veteran population is in need as well. According to a report by the National Housing Conference, nearly half of veterans who are single mothers spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

Through Veterans Build, organizations and individuals who are invested in the quality of life of our veteran community are able to give back to the women and men who have served our country.

Quick facts:

  • Years as a Veterans Build affiliate:
    7

  • Veterans Build events hosted:
    14

Event Recap

November 2023

In the spirit of giving back to those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country, participants of our 2023 Veterans Build event gathered in the Oak Park neighborhood at the home of a 92-year-old Korean War veteran.

A total of 90 individuals, including three future Habitat homeowners, generously contributed their time and skills, accumulating an impressive total of more than 550 volunteer hours. Together, volunteers helped with the demolition and removal of 160 feet of old chain-link fencing and posts, revitalized 20 feet of existing fencing, repaired two gates, and converted the 1,920 sq. ft. traditional lawn front yard to a modern, maintenance-free hardscape. Additionally, they worked to demolish and reconstruct the front porch rail and support beam, which had succumbed to rot over time, to restore the porch’s functionality and safety.

This project’s extensive scope of work aimed to reduce ongoing maintenance needs, enhance safety, improve functionality, and overall, ensure the home’s long-term integrity.

Thank you to our 2023 event sponsors!