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 November 1-6, 2020, San Diego, CA

Presenting Sponsor

2019’s Event Recap Video! 

A big THANK YOU to everyone that STEPPED UP! to help end homelessness across San Diego County!

Check out all of our photos from the walk on HomeAid San Diego’s Facebook and Instagram pages.  

We will also share a recap video and photo gallery soon on this page.

Event Information:

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.

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 

Locations Around San Diego County

Listing of Walk-Friendly Locations across San Diego County 

  • Mission Bay Park, De Anza Cove
  • Miramar Lake
  • Poway Lake
  • Old Poway Park along Midland and Community Roads
  • Oceanside Pier walking path
  • San Diego Bayfront walking path near USS Midway
  • Carlsbad Beach

Show Your Support on Social

Be sure to tag us with #stepup2endhomelessness and #homeaidsd. We will pull content and post on Facebook, Instagram and our 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.  This will be recorded and available for watching throughout the week on our event site.

Motivation Corner

Want to listen or watch videos and podcasts to hear stories about what San Diegan’s are doing to help end homelessness?

Visit HERE to get motivated for your day!

*NEW* Voices for the Homeless Creative Contest


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 Nov. 30, 2020.

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 

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

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!


Presenting Sponsor







Downey Manufacturing


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