STEP UP! To Help End Homelessness across San Diego

Sept. 13, 2019 (updated Oct. 12, 2019)

HomeAid San Diego

POC: Staci Reidinger, HomeAid San Diego Board Member and Event Director, or (303)875-0571 cell

STEP UP! To Help End Homelessness in San Diego at Mission Bay Park

Educational 5K walk bringing together SD housing industry, homeless service providers and community members to discuss current and new initiatives to fight homelessness.

(SAN DIEGO) September 13, 2019 – San Diego-based Avalon Bay Communitiespresents HomeAid San Diego’s inaugural STEP UP! Walk to End Homelessness 5Kon October 27, 2019 at De Anza Cove, Mission Bay Park.

In partnership with NAIOP, this educational walk will bring together real estate industry members, builders and their trades, area non-profit homeless service providers, and community members from across San Diego County to build awareness about the serious issues facing San Diego’s homeless population.  The event encourages candid discussions about current and future housing initiatives for San Diego’s homeless men, women and children.

With over 8,100 homeless men, women and children across San Diego county and over 50 percent of them living unsheltered, HomeAid San Diego is committed to bringing together the skills and resources of the real estate and building industry with homeless social service providers to create long-term housing solutions for those in need,” stated Alexis Parker, HomeAid San Diego’s Executive Director.

“We developed this inaugural 5K Walk to advocate, educate and inspire more San Diegan’s to get involved in helping to end the homeless epidemic, and to encourage real estate industry members to see the benefits of supporting housing for all initiatives in San Diego,” Parker added.

“NAIOP San Diego is banding together with HomeAid San Diego and commercial real estate industry members across the county to fight homelessness,” said Karen Burges, NAIOP San Diego Foundation Executive Director. “San Diego has the 4th largest homeless population in the U.S. yet also has one of the country’s strongest commercial real estate markets.  San Diegan’s with a means to help should ‘STEP UP’ on October 27 to bring an end to the thousands living on the streets of San Diego. Every step counts so join us!”

Friends and families of all ages are encouraged to come out for a morning walk and meet up with others who are working every day to help the homeless have their basic needs met.

Thank you to all of our sponsors that have STEPPED UP! to date AvalonBay Communities, C&S Companies, NAIOP, Geocon, Turner Construction, JPI, Chelsea Investment Corporation, Burger Construction, Pacific Western Bank, Kidder Mathews, Downey Manufacturing, Buchalter, and White Construction.

More sponsorshipsare still available.

Event Details

Date/Time: October 27, 2019 – Registration opens at 7 a.m.; Event Program starts at 8 a.m.; Walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

Location: De Anza Cove, Mission Bay Park (Free parking on-site)

Event Registration: Visit Entry fees – $40 for adults 18 & up; $15 for children 5-17; Teams – $40 per team member

MEDIA interested in attending this event and conducting interviews should contact Staci Reidinger to RSVP.  We are also available for morning shows and pre-event media engagements.

Educational Stations: The out and back walkwill feature educational stations every ¼ mile that provide information about current issues facing the homeless and good work being done by organizations in San Diego who help build shelters, housing, and provide basic human services.


Homeless Service Providers: San Diego-based homeless service providers will have educational booths at the event and will walk with community members along Mission Bay to share updates about how their organizations are helping those in need.

Providers scheduled to attend include – Father Joe’s Villages, South Bay Community Services, Home Start, Interfaith Community Services, Veteran’s Village of San Diego, TERI, YMCA Youth & Family Services, Promises2Kids, and San Diego Youth Services – TAY Academy.

Homelessness Display:  A display set up next to the event pavilion will visually depict the magnitude of the homeless epidemic in San Diego. We hope this display will spark conversation, involvement and advocacy to action regarding solutions for the homeless crisis in our fair city.

For more information about registering as a walker for STEP UP! Walk to End Homelessness in San Diego 5K, visit contact us at

About AvalonBayCommunities

AvalonBay Communities, Inc., an equity REIT, has a long-term track record of developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing distinctive apartment homes in some of the best U.S. markets, and delivering outsized, risk-adjusted returns to shareholders. With equal parts experience and vision, we’ve established a leadership position rooted in building value for the long term.

About HomeAid San Diego

Established in 2002, HomeAid San Diego is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to building multi-unit housing for homeless charities.  We partner with commercial real estate professionals, the building industry and their trade partners, along with our donors and sponsors to build or renovate shelters and housing at below market rate cost, saving the homeless charities thousands of dollars.  Through the generosity of our building partners, we are able to help the homeless charities expand their programs to accommodate more of the homeless populations they serve.

For details about our current projects visit


NAIOP San Diego is dedicated to commercial/industrial/mixed use/retail real estate and continues to represent the real estate industry with strong legislative representation and great networking opportunities, educational programs, and mixers which brings the industry together for exclusive networking and experience exchange with their peers. NAIOP-San Diego literally represents a “who’s who” in commercial/mixed use/retail and industrial real estate.

The 750+ local membership includes owners, real estate developers, investors, asset managers, consultants, and brokers who create the built environment we all work, shop, and recreate in. NAIOP members build and maintain the structures that house JOBS, the lifeblood of our economic vitality and quality of life. In essence, whatever may occur in the commercial/industrial real estate industry, NAIOP is on top of it to advise, educate and advocate.

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