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San Diego County is home to more than 240,000 veterans.
That’s one of the highest concentrations in the country. San Diego Habitat is proud to be a part of Habitat for Humanity’s national Veterans Build initiative, providing housing solutions and volunteer and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members, and their families.
Veterans Build areas of focus:
offering general repair services through our VetRepair Program
bringing together veterans, military families, and neighbors in meaningful service
increasing access to financial literacy programs and training Habitat employees to understand military culture
hosting special events that raise awareness of veteran housing needs and honoring their service
Why is this work so critical?
Expensive housing costs
Nearly 4 million veterans pay at least 30 percent of their income on rent or mortgage, while more than 1.5 million pay at least 50 percent.
Aging veteran population
2.5 million veteran households are at least 55 years of age, and older veterans are more likely than civilians to have a disability which may require home modifications to allow for safe, healthy aging in place.
Veterans who served following 9/11 have returned to a slow-growing economy and rising housing costs, making the transition from military service to civilian life difficult.
Female veterans are more vulnerable to housing challenges than the overall veteran population. Nearly half of veterans who are single mothers spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
Our VetRepair program aims to provide stability for veteran homeowners.
The VetRepair program is designed to help veteran homeowners thrive by creating healthier, safer home environments through home repairs and improvements. The program assists with repairs focused on the following outcomes:
To do this, we facilitate a variety of repairs, falling under two main categories:
These mostly exterior repairs aim to preserve older homes so that they are safer and easier to maintain.
fence repair or replacement
Critical Home Repair
These exterior and interior repairs — offered in limited capacity — help homeowners maintain the integrity of their homes.
siding + trim repair/replacement
repair or replace walkways
address ventilation issues
address electrical hazards
install smoke/CO2 detectors
roof repair or replacement
How do I get started?
Our VetRepair program is offered on a first-qualified, first-served basis and is dependent on financial qualification, need, willingness to partner with Habitat, and the availability of funding.
Here’s how the process works:
- Submit an Interest Form
Have more questions? VIEW FAQS ➜
How do I qualify?
Applicants must meet six points of criteria to qualify for our VetRepair program.
“With Habitat’s help, we now have a more accessible household as well as a beautifully painted house. It is nice to know that there are such generous opportunities for those who have served in our U.S. military.”
“Thank you for the VetRepair program. Now we are so happy and love our home! We feel safe and secure. Many heartfelt thanks to all of you! Please continue in your wonderful program for veterans.”
“My life has improved so much! I can take a bath without fear of hurting myself. I don’t worry that my water heater or furnace will break. You’ve shown me what humanity truly looks like.”