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Career Opportunities

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Abrazo 2024: Healthier Communities

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Climate Resiliency



Integrity: Honesty, equity & inclusivity, leading by example

Familia: Familia first, traditions, uplift diminished voices

Respect: Respect for self, elders, and others; respect and care for land and environment

Culture & Community: Love, support, and accountability; Building community; Transborder culture

Collaboration: Partnering with residents, government, and others to enhance the quality of life


The mission of Casa Familiar is to enhance quality of life for people living in underserved and underrepresented communities.


We envision healthy, just, and sustainable communities that reach our full potential.



Below are just three of the many projects we’re proud of at Casa.

Living Rooms

Living Rooms at the border was a $9.3-million project which stemmed from the vision of our core values as a community-based organization. Architecturally, Living Rooms took into consideration optimizing natural light and the use of solar energy. Living Rooms includes 10 units of affordable housing, studios for artists, and immigration services, in addition, it transformed a historic church (originally Our Lady of Mount Carmel), that was over 100 years old into a into a black box theater for the community.

Cultural Corridor

The Cultural Corridor is Casa Familiar’s place-making strategy for the quarter mile of Cypress Drive located in the historic center of San Ysidro, a highly trafficked alleyway connecting the Beyer trolley station to the business district of San Ysidro Boulevard. The ongoing project aims to develop creative interventions to transform this alleyway with poor infrastructure into a vibrant corridor connecting existing community assets while improving social and environmental equity, safety, and quality through public art, safe pathways for pedestrians, appropriate illumination, and speed control for vehicles.

Air Quality Monitoring

The San Ysidro port of entry is the fourth largest international land crossing in the world! Each day it is approximated that 120,000 vehicles travel between the U.S. and Mexico. With the increase in awareness about pollution and the effects on the planet and on our community members, Casa was the first agency to install air quality monitors in strategic areas around San Ysidro to begin to capture data on how the busiest port of entry in the U.S. is affecting our environment and our health.

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“It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways we might not understand.”

Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice