David Hahn has been in the relationships business for most, if not all, of his professional life.  In his 34 years at Bank of America, Hahn, of a long line of public servants, collaborated with prospective homeowners and nonprofits to help low-income Inland Empire families find housing. He was there, too, offering assistance when the housing crisis jeopardized those roofs.

The 55-year-old father of three recently was named executive director of Habitat for Humanity’s San Bernardino Area chapter, a position from which he’ll continue serving needy families.

“I believe in this organization, in an agency that is doing a lot of good in the community it serves,” said Hahn, a longtime volunteer at Habitat for Humanity. “We have 42 affiliates in California and they are all doing a great job in not just building homes, but repair work and cleanup.  Building homes, communities and hope, that’s part of our mission statement.”

Habitat for Humanity provides affordable housing for low-income families. But, there’s a twist.  Alongside community-based organizations and volunteers, prospective homeowners participate in the construction of their homes and pay the courtesy forward tenfold.  In more than 25 years, the nonprofit’s San Bernardino Area chapter has built or rehabilitated 29 homes in the region, housing more than 150 men, women and children.

The next build will be in Grand Terrace, though a timeline has not yet been determined, Hahn said.  “What’s so inspiring is having a group of volunteers from different organizations working hand-in-hand, side-by-side, with these potential homeowners in putting their homes together,” Hahn said. “It becomes very personal.”

More than a quarter of San Bernardino County residents live at or below the poverty level, Habitat for Humanity’s San Bernardino Area website says. Thousands more spend at least 50 percent of their income on rent and are living in substandard housing.  Additionally, Hahn noted the need for affordable housing for Inland Empire veterans. Habitat for Humanity Riverside currently is building 26 such homes in Jurupa Valley, he said. “We would love to do those things in San Bernardino,” said Hahn, whose cousin, Janice Hahn, serves as a Los Angeles County supervisor.

In addition to building houses for low-income families, Habitat for Humanity’s “A Brush with Kindness” program gathers local agencies to restore the exteriors of homes owned by men and women impacted by age, disability or family circumstance.  “We’re about improving the quality of life around a community as much as putting up a new home,” Hahn said.

He added: “Volunteering at Habitat while I was at Bank of America was something I did in addition to my job. Now, this is my job. It feels like just the right fit. The perfect marriage of where my heart has been and what I’ll be doing now as my profession.”


We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the generous contributions made by Bank of America, The Home Depot Foundation & Pacific Premier Bank. We appreciate your ongoing support, generosity, your trust, and most importanly, your commitment to our mission. Thank you for your support. God bless you all.



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