On February 4th we had the pleasure of hosting a panel discussion with first time Habitat Greater San Francisco homeowners and young adults who grew up in Habitat homes, to reflect on the impacts of growing up with the safety, security, and stability of affordable homeownership. Many thanks again to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative for their generous support.

On the panel we heard distinct perspectives on the impacts of children – first from parents, who helped us understand how their goals for homeownership fit so strongly with their hopes and dreams of their children.  Next, the young adults who grew up in these affordable homes gave their take on the experience, reflecting on the difference it made to live in Habitat Homes on their education, career path, and overall well-being.  As one panelist put it, “Home is where your story begins.”

If you weren’t able to join us, you can watch the recording below:

Meet the panelists



My name is Arturo Tongson. I have lived in our Habitat home in Daly City since 2013. I do computer aided design for an engineering office in Burlingame.



I'm Emilia, I graduated from UC Davis and am now a designer and art director in an advertising agency. 



My name is Janette Liu, I have been living in my Habitat home for twelve years in San Francisco.


My name is Kayla Branner and I have lived in my Daly City Habitat home for about eight years.



I am Dyantha Burton and my family and I got this amazing, life stabilizing opportunity to move into our beautiful South San Francisco home in 2008.


My name is Stephanie Arias , I’ve lived in my home for about 12 years now and I am currently a full time student at San Francisco State University, majoring in Psychology.

Matt Rosen

panel moderator

Matt is the Chief Program Officer at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.

Angelica Resendez

panel moderator

Angelica, who herself grew up in a Habitat home, is Senior Director of Homeownership Services at Habitat Greater San Francisco.