As I complete my first year in leadership at San Diego Habitat for Humanity, I find myself taking time to reflect on our successes, the wonderful families we were privileged to serve, and the path we might take moving forward to achieve even more.
The housing crisis in our region won’t be solved overnight, but, together, we are making a difference. As you will see in this annual report, 2022 was a productive year and we are grateful for the many donors, volunteers, and families who made it so. But there is still much to accomplish. We must consider more than today, more than just now. Our plans for the future include continuing to address the two major challenges to affordable housing in our region — lack of supply and housing inequality caused by historic policies that have exacerbated the housing wealth gap.
High housing prices are driven, in large part, by a shortfall of homes. This will remain a problem until our housing market creates an onramp for working families to access the dream of homeownership. If we increase the supply, we can make houses more affordable.
Homeownership is a proven solution, and we are actively forging partnerships and securing financial support to build larger, multi-family for-sale communities while implementing new and creative building types that allow for more homes to be built — and ultimately, sold — creating healthier, more stable families and communities.
Habitat is much more than the houses we build and repair. We are a place where people come together to make a true, lasting difference in the communities we all care for — a place where we can see the tangible outcomes of our efforts. These contributions of time, talent, and treasure can be life-changing — not only for the families we are honored to serve, but for each other as we pursue this work side by side. Because together, we are more than we are alone.