Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County (Habitat SoCo) is an affiliate of Habitat
for Humanity International. Habitat for Humanity International is a faith-based
organization and welcomes volunteers from all faiths who are committed to Habitat’s
goal of eliminating poverty housing.
The affiliate was formed in 1984 by a group of Sonoma County residents who wanted
to end poverty housing. As an all volunteer organization with limited resources, the
affiliate focused on rehabilitating existing housing for low income households.
Community volunteers completed 18 rehabilitations, and in 1991 built the first
Habitat home in Sonoma County for the Efren Carrillo, Sr. family. In 2000, with
the support of the Methodist Church, the affiliate initiated a ‘blitz build’ and
built the second home for a family in need in one week.
In 2002, the Board of Directors made a bold decision to build multiple homes over
the next five years. They hired a small staff to coordinate the recruitment of
volunteers, and to provide training, planning and supervision of home building.
In 2004, in partnership with the Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County, Habitat
volunteers and participating families completed the first two homes of a six-house
project in the Kali subdivision in Santa Rosa. The Kali houses also earned the first
‘Green Build Certificate’ for a nonprofit from the City of Santa Rosa. In March of 2006,
we completed a third home and in April 2006 the fourth house was completed. The final two
homes were completed in early 2007. Upon completion of Kali, Habitat provided permanent
housing for thirteen adults and nineteen children.
In 2009, two more homes were completed on Johnson Street in Sebastopol. Construction
was then started on two additional homes in Healdsburg which will be completed in spring 2011.
Two lots, located in a 13-home infill subdivision on Litchfield Avenue in Sebastopol
(donated by Pinnacle Homes), have foundations laid for two homes scheduled for completion
in spring 2012. Habitat also has plans to build five homes in the Woodland Hills project
In the spring of 2010, the ReStore home improvement outlet, moved from its 2,000 sq.ft.
facility on Cleveland Avenue to a 19,000 sq. ft. facility at Industrial and Piner in
Santa Rosa. The proceeds from the ReStore support the mission of Habitat for Humanity
of Sonoma County.
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