DC Habitat to Hold Second-Annual Rainbow Build Event

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DC Habitat to Hold Second-Annual Rainbow Build

This June, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. (DC Habitat) is teaming up once again with the LGBTQ community of DC for our second Rainbow Build event. We’re partnering with local organizations for this year’s event. The purpose of Rainbow Build is to celebrate DC’s diversity by bringing groups together to build a Habitat home, while raising awareness on the issue of affordable housing in the District. Through Rainbow Build, we’re creating a unified alliance between the LGBTQ organizations of DC, in order to work together to build a more affordable city. We’ll be holding several build days on June 18-20 specifically for LGBTQ volunteers, a happy hour fundraising event, and an online fundraising campaign.

Several other Habitat affiliates, such as Habitat Twin Cities, and Habitat Tucson have held successful Rainbow/Pride Builds in the past, and we’re excited to bring this concept to the District for a second year in a row.

How can I get involved in Rainbow Build?

There are several ways to get involved with this year’s Rainbow Build event:


On Thursday, June 18th and Friday, June 19th, we will be holding team build days specifically for LGBTQ groups or individuals on our Ivy City build site in Northeast DC. We have a capacity of 20 volunteers per day; if you are a smaller group, we may pair you with another group. On Saturday, June 20th, we’ll be holding a slightly larger Rainbow Build day, with up to 25 participants. To ensure a diversity of participants, we’re limiting groups to 5 participants at this time.

We’re asking for a fundraising minimum for each volunteer group ($1500 per 5 volunteers). This can be provided and/or matched by your organization, or raised by the participants through our online fundraising campaign (an average of $300 per person.) We will have a Crowdrise fundraising platform, t-shirts, and other incentives to aid you in the fundraising process! The work of DC Habitat is sustained by a combination of volunteer labor and donated funds, and the fundraising component ensures that we can continue our work in the District. Team build days are an all-day event on our construction sites in Northeast DC, and no construction experience is required. Participation includes a Rainbow Build t-shirt and a catered lunch.

Ready to volunteer? Email PK Drago at paulakatrina.drago@dchabitat.org.

  • In addition to our volunteer days, we will be running a  fundraising campaign on crowdrise.com/2015rainbowbuild from March through June 20.
  • We will also be hosting a Rainbow Build Happy Hour in collaboration with our sponsors – details to follow soon!
Partner with us:

Become a sponsor for Rainbow Build! We’re looking for organizations, corporations, and individuals to partner with us. You’ll receive media benefits and the opportunity for your employees, group, or friends to participate in a team build day– and you’ll be supporting a great cause. Contact Alix Eve at alixeve.schram@dchabitat.org for more information on partnerships.

How do LGBTQ issues relate to affordable housing?

The relationship between affordable housing and LGBT rights is complicated; at their core, both are social and societal issues of basic human rights. The statistics show that these issues are deeply interrelated. Up to 40% of homeless youths identify as LGBT, despite only 10% of the general population being LGBT. One in every three lesbian, gay and bisexual youths has been thrown out of the house by his or her parents. Issues with housing discrimination for LGBTQ individuals makes access to affordable housing even more difficult, and this leads to negative implications for LGBTQ individuals, such as victimization and mental health problems.

There have been movements in recent legislation to protect against housing discrimination. In 2012, The D.C. Office of Human Rights unveiled a campaign designed to reduce housing discrimination against LGBT Washingtonians and groups, and the Department of Housing & Urban Development finalized a non-discriminatory rule for LGBT people in federally funded and federally regulated housing programs.

By increasing the availability of affordable housing in the District, we can alleviate the issue of poverty housing and homelessness, and increase the accessibility of housing for everyone in DC—including the LGBTQ population. Recent studies rank the District as both the “least affordable city in America” and also the city with the highest percentage of LGBTQ individuals- it’s arguable that these issues are more relevant here than anywhere else in the United States.

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For more information on this year’s Rainbow Build, contact Alix Eve at alixeve.schram@dchabitat.org.