Looking for a way to learn more about homelessness in San Diego County and how YOU can help?  Join us at Mission Bay Park October 27 to raise awareness and support for homeless housing projects across our communities.

STEP UP! Virtual Walk to End Homelessness 5K November 1-6, 2020, San Diego, CA

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Join HomeAid San Diego, in partnership with NAIOP San Diego and the commercial real estate industry, at our 2nd annual Virtual STEP UP! Walk to End Homelessness November 1-6, 2020 at locations across San Diego county.  Learn more about the homeless issues affecting San Diego County, what’s being done to alleviate these issues, and how YOU can provide a helping hand.

All proceeds benefit HomeAid San Diego’s building projects, community outreach and advocacy efforts.  Take a look at completed projects across San Diego that were supported by HomeAid San Diego. 

Families, companies and teams are welcome to participate!

Our kick-off event program is set for 9am on Sunday, November 1 followed by the 5k start at 9:30am.

If you have further questionsplease contact us at info@homeaidsd.org. 

Event Details

STEP UP! is a virtual 5K walk or run event, it is open to the public and we highly encourage families with children, company employees, community groups and fitness gurus to sign up!  What a great way to get moving while helping those in need across San Diego.

To keep everyone safe during the pandemic our 2020 event will be held virtually in locations across the county instead of at a single spot as we did for 2019 at Mission Bay Park.  This allows participants to build awareness about homelessness in more cities across San Diego and show their support in their own neighborhoods.  

STEP UP! covers six days starting Sunday, November 1 and finishing up on Friday, November 6 to offer our participants a chance to choose the best day, time and location that suits their needs. We hope this multi-day event will allow families with children, company employees, community groups and fitness buffs the opportunity to participate in one or more days while sporting their STEP UP! Walk t-shirt and signage.

Every step counts in this fight to end homelessness across San Diego.  Join HomeAid San Diego in partnership withand NAIOP as we raise awareness and funds to build more housing and shelters for San Diego’s homeless men, women and children.

Register HERE for early bird pricing!

Locations Around San Diego As Options For 5K Completion

Want to participate with others to show your solidarity?  Find a location listed and meet up with other walkers on EVENT DAY!

Listing of Event Locations – more being added!

  • Mission Bay Park, De Anza Cove
  • Miramar Lake near snack shop
  • Poway Lake near snack shop
  • Oceanside Pier walking path
  • San Diego Bayfront walking path near USS Midway
  • TBD, San Marcos
  • TBD, Chula Vista
  • TBD, Escondido
  • TBD, La Jolla

Show Your Support on Social

Before and during the event, we encourage participants to share photos and videos using the hashtag #stepup2endhomelessness. HomeAid San Diego will pull content from this hashtag and post on our Facebook and website to show your support and engagement in helping to build awareness about homelessness.

Kick-Off Event Details

On Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 9am, tune in to HomeAid San Diego’s Facebook page to watch our program on Facebook Live. Pre-recorded video sessions and podcasts will be made available for participants to enjoy before, during and/or after the event each day. More details about the program will be shared with registrants via email and on this site as the event draws near.

*NEW* Voices for the Homeless Competition

For 2020, we want to hear from each of you about why homeless lives matter and why we should work harder to see that every person has a warm bed to sleep in every night.  

As a NEW competition, we are encouraging students in grades 3-12 as well as the general public to create one of the following:  a short film, poem, song, painting, poster or street art that answers one of the following questions:

– Why do Homeless Lives Matter in San Diego?

– How does homelessness impact our San Diego communities?

– Why are YOU walking or running to help end homelessness?

– What ideas do you have for trying to reduce the number of homeless living unsheltered in San Diego?

HomeAid San Diego will select submissions to share on HomeAid San Diego’s Facebook Page, on YouTube and on our website in the weeks leading up to the event. 

Additionally, the top three submissions will win:

First Place – $300 donation to a nonprofit supporting the homeless in San Diego, name recognition with your entry shared on HomeAid San Diego’s website, social channels and with the local media

Second Place – $200 donation to a nonprofit supporting the homeless in San Diego, name recognition with your entry shared on HomeAid San Diego’s website, social channels and with local media

Third Place – $100 donation to a nonprofit supporting the homeless in San Diego, name recognition with your entry shared on HomeAid San Diego’s website, social channels and with local media

Submit your contest entries to info@homeaidsd.org starting Aug. 17 through October 31.

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
Supplemental Educational Activities

Homeschoolers, parents and teachers – looking for a way to incorporate exercise with a lesson plan about helping those in need? Look no further! Below are easy to use activities and lesson plans for students K-12 that can help turn this event into more than just a stroll around the neighborhood or trail.  

Elementary/Junior High School Lesson Plan and Fact Sheet

High School Lesson Plan and Fact Sheet

List of Youth Homelessness Awareness Activities for students (essay and poster contests, fund drives, etc.)

(Reference: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth)

STEP UP! Walk to End Homelessness graphics

Want to really build awareness in your neighborhood? Try using some of these graphics to create a yard sign, a handmade poster to carry on event day, to create an impactful sidewalk message, and on and on.  Don’t forget our hashtag #STEPUP2endhomelessness

Event logo

Inspirational Quotes

Event Flyer

Event coordination by Tidal Event Consulting 

Thank you to our event sponsors that have signed up to help so far – Avalon Bay Communities and Black Diamond Construction

Interested in sponsoring or volunteering at our event? Visit our sponsorship page or contact us at info@homeaidsd.org. 

Getting to Know HomeAid San Diego


 “Building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.”

Through the generosity of commercial real estate professionals, builders, their trade partners, and our donors and supporters, HomeAid San Diego builds multi-unit housing for the homeless in partnership with charities such as Promises2Kids, Catholic Charities, Interfaith Community Services, Home Start, Inc.,Casa de Amparo, Serving Seniors, North County Lifeline and others who own and operate the shelters.  These charities provide social services that enable residents to move beyond their temporary homeless situation to become self-sufficient.

Who We Are

Established in 2002, HomeAid San Diego is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to building multi-unit housing for San Diego’s temporarily homeless men, women and children. The organization is supported by an alliance of local and national building and commercial real estate industry organizations and companies.

Under the leadership of Builder Captains, HomeAid San Diego develops projects with the support of trade partners and volunteers. Once they are completed, professional service providers take up the baton by providing services that help residents regain strength and purpose in a safe environment.

Who We Serve

Unlike any time in America’s history, today’s homeless are primarily women, children, and families. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of today’s homeless are not the people seen on the street – They are the “Invisible Homeless” who are without a place to live due to unforeseen life circumstances. They are parents who had to choose between paying the rent or paying for a daughter’s medicine;  they are mothers who removed their children from abusive fathers;  they are parents who lost their job because a manufacturer closed a plant; they are pregnant teens who were thrown out by angry parents; they are emancipated foster youth without a place to live or a means of support;  they are senior citizens and veterans who no longer have a family to care for them; they are abused children removed from their homes for their safety; they are veterans returning from recent wars.

Getting to Know NAIOP

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.

Thank you again to all of our 2019 Sponsors!

2nd Annual STEP UP! Walk to End Homelessness 5K November 1-6, 2020

August 9, 2019


‘Homes Fore the Homeless’ Golf Tournament 2018

August 24, 2018


HomeAid Receives $5,000 from Bank of America to Address Homelessness

June 21, 2018


Walk for Wellness

December 9, 2017


“Rey of Hope” – 15 Year Celebration

October 26, 2017


‘Homes Fore the Homeless’ Golf Tournament 2017

August 25, 2017


The 2nd Annual Essentials Campaign Collected 120,000+ Items!

July 24, 2017


Invisible Neighbors.. Do You See Them Now?

November 30, 2016


Happy #GivingTuesday!

November 29, 2016


Give From Your Heart: Promises2Kids

November 27, 2016


Small Business Saturday: Home Start

November 26, 2016


Int’l Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25, 2016


Why and How Father Joe’s Villages Provides 1 Million Meals a Year

November 24, 2016


National ‘Tie-One-On’ Day

November 23, 2016


Adopt-a-Family for the Holidays: North County Lifeline

November 22, 2016


National Stuffing Day

November 21, 2016


Modern Day Slavery

November 20, 2016


National Adoption Day: Walden Family Services

November 19, 2016


Essentials for Young Lives

November 18, 2016


AFP’s 44th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards

November 16, 2016