About Habitat Sonoma County
Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Our vision is to make Sonoma County a thriving place to live, work, and grow by meeting the demand for affordable housing.
- Focus on shelter.
- Advocate for affordable housing.
- Promote dignity and hope.
- Support sustainable and transformative development.
We Are Habitat
Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With community support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. Through our 2021 Strategic Plan, Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing.
Habitat for Humanity and its affiliate organizations will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
A Brief History of Habitat Sonoma
Our local affiliate was formed in 1984 by a group of Sonoma County residents dedicated to ending poverty housing in our county. As an all-volunteer organization with limited resources, the affiliate initially focused on rehabilitating existing housing for low-income households. Community volunteers completed 18 rehabilitations and in 1991 went on to build the first Habitat home in Sonoma County for the Efren Carrillo, Sr. family.
Building Our Commitment
In 2000, with the support of the Methodist Church, Habitat initiated a 'blitz build' and in just one week built its second home for a local family in need. Then in 2002, the Board of Directors made the 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 of 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 had provided permanent housing for thirteen adults and nineteen children. In 2009, two more homes were completed on Johnson Street in Sebastopol. Construction commenced on two additional homes in Healdsburg and were completed in the spring of 2011.
Creation of Habitat ReStore
In 2003, Habitat of Sonoma County Board member Jack Blankenship began accepting and reselling leftover or imperfect construction materials with all proceeds going to Habitat. Sonoma County ReStore, the first retail store, was opened in 2006 in a small warehouse in Santa Rosa, California. 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. All proceeds from the Habitat ReStore support the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County.
Habitat Homebuilding – Updates and Future Plans
In 2016, Habitat completed five homes in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Cotati. Currently we're rehabbing one home and building three new homes at Harris Place in Santa Rosa. Our plan for 2018 includes two new homes in Graton and 16 homes in Windsor.
Our Agency Profile
Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County has a complete profile, including financial information, on Guidestar, the highly-trusted organization rating site.