“Home Is… Love” – Racquel Vasquez, Mayor of Lemon Grove

“Home Is… Love.”

When asked to describe the meaning of “Home”, Racquel Vasquez, Mayor of Lemon Grove said, “Home is a space where you can be you. A space of comfort. A space where you share love among those who are closest to you. A place of safety, and a place of security. We all desire to have a home, every type from condo living to home ownership. It is a place where we rest, it is a place where we get energized so that we can take on the next day.”

As this year’s Keynote Speaker at the RSSN Pre-Conference Institutes, Mayor Vasquez gave an inspiring presentation on her journey to success and what it takes to be an effective community leader. She rewrote history in 2017 when she became the first female African-American mayor in all of San Diego County.

After moving to Lemon Grove in 2001, she has been heavily involved in giving back to the community. Whether it was picking up trash, volunteering to paint public art, or helping to distribute food and clothing, she has never hesitated to roll up her sleeves and get the job done.

Upon being sworn in to office, she vowed to make Lemon Grove a safe, secure, and people-friendly city. Although it hasn’t even been a year since she became mayor, Lemon Grove has already exceeded its annual affordable housing requirement under her leadership.

“Lemon Grove is a small city with a big heart. I take pride in knowing that my city, Lemon Grove, is a place where the average person can afford to live.”

Affordable housing is important to Mayor Vasquez because she knows that not all Lemon Grove residents have deep pockets, but that doesn’t make them any less deserving of a home.

“Everyone should have a place called home.”

Thank you, Mayor Vasquez, for your support and leadership in our sector!

2017 San Diego Housing Federation Annual Holiday Party and Volunteer Appreciation

Join us on Tuesday, December 5 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at The Lafayette Hotel for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while you network with colleagues, members, and friends. Help us celebrate our successful year and look forward to 2018 with a special tribute to our volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there! Tax deductible donations will be accepted at the door.

As part of our holiday celebration, we will recognize the 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Rickie Brown for her outstanding commitment and support of the San Diego Housing Federation.

Rickie Brown works with City Heights CDC, but her actions go far and beyond her role at work. She is currently the manager of the Hollywood Palms and Casa del Sol apartment complexes. She is a renter in City Heights and dedicates herself to provide resources, and safe and secure housing for her residents. Rickie has advocated locally & statewide bringing strong attention to the housing crisis as well as utility policy injustices through her ability to passionately present to Sacramento representatives, senators and legislators. Rickie fights for affordable housing and to abate power shut offs as she does not want any of her residents homeless or in the dark. SDHF is proud to have her represent us as a volunteer at our events every year, as she exemplifies what it means to be passionate, kind and hard-working. Congratulations Rickie on your 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award!


Tuesday, December 5

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Lafayette Hotel
2223 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92104

Thank you for supporting SDHF in this past year. With your help, SDHF will continue to work to create more inspiring moments through advocating, informing, expanding the expertise, networking and building of coalitions throughout the region. Each contribution helps advance our mission of working as a coalition to promote the creation of quality affordable housing focused on lower income families and people in need.

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Donation Levels Hope – $25 Engage – $50 Inspire – $100 Empower – $250

This year, we are fortunate to have a match campaign courtesy of San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation that will match every dollar donated up to $4,000.

All donations are tax deductible. Every dollar counts! Thank you for your support! We look forward to a great 2018!

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