Urge Governor Newsom to Restore Funding to CalHome

2024-06-04T15:42:36-07:00June 4th, 2024|

In January, we learned that Governor Newsom's budget proposal for FY25 includes a claw-back of $152.5M in FY24 funding previously allocated for the CalHome program. CalHome, as the sole state funding source for the building and rehabilitation of ownership homes, plays a vital role in addressing California's housing challenges. CalHome is widely used by nonprofit

The Critical Need for CalHome

2024-04-30T18:00:07-07:00May 10th, 2024|

As we reflect on the significance of homeownership as the foundation of stability and prosperity, we are faced with a concerning development in Governor Newsom's budget proposal for FY25. This proposal includes a claw-back of $152.5M in FY24 funding previously allocated for the CalHome program, the only state program providing funding for affordable homeownership production

April is National Fair Housing Month

2024-04-02T16:22:58-07:00April 5th, 2024|

As we kick off National Fair Housing Month next month, let's delve into some eye-opening statistics. Did you know that the minimum annual income required to purchase a median-priced home in San Diego County is $249,200? Newly-released data from California Association of Realtors’ Housing Affordability Index shows that a typical single-family home, priced at $931,600,

The Need for Racial Equity in Housing

2024-03-05T15:10:45-08:00February 27th, 2024|

With the close of Black History Month, we're reminded of the ongoing importance of addressing racial disparities, particularly in homeownership. As highlighted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, homeownership remains a significant factor in the wealth gap. President and CEO Kwofi Reed's words from two years ago resonate strongly today: San Diego Habitat for

A Unified Voice Advocating for Affordable Homeownership

2024-02-06T15:07:52-08:00February 1st, 2024|

Earlier this month, San Diego Habitat united with fellow colleagues from various Habitat affiliates across the state in a powerful display of advocacy at Habitat for Humanity California's 13th Annual Advocacy Day. Nearly 100 dedicated advocates engaged in meaningful discussions with the Governor's office, as well as almost every California State Senator and Assemblymember.The primary focus

Advocacy Update: June 2023

2023-06-01T11:25:43-07:00June 19th, 2023|

We see the effect of the high cost of housing and it's why we advocate to build more affordable homes for ownership.Our friends at California Housing Partnership recently released their "State Affordable Housing Needs" annual report. Here are some of the key findings:Black renter households are 41% more severely cost burdened than white renter households. Renters

Recap: Advocacy Day 2023

2023-04-11T13:33:34-07:00April 11th, 2023|

Representatives from Habitat affiliates across California gathered in Sacramento recently to meet with State Assemblymembers and Senators during Habitat for Humanity California’s annual Advocacy Day. San Diego affiliate CEO, Kwofi Reed, and staff met with elected officials from San Diego to ask them to support asking Governor Gavin Newsom to reinstate $100M he allocated last

The State of the Nation’s Housing 2022

2023-03-01T12:59:38-08:00December 28th, 2022|

Every year, Habitat for Humanity sponsors Harvard University’s State of the Nation’s Housing report, which provides a look into the U.S. housing market’s impact on renters and homebuyers. Spoiler: it's not great. Here are the key takeaways related to Habitat’s work: Soaring housing costs led to a substantial rise in housing cost burdens for the

Advocacy Update: November 2022

2023-03-01T15:30:06-08:00November 18th, 2022|

Last month, we saw the end to a very busy legislative session and can report some great success from our coalition of California Habitat for Humanity affiliates:In coalition with other statewide organizations, we secured a $350M budget allocation over two years to the CalHome Program, which is the only dedicated funding source for homeownership from

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