About Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County

We Are Habitat

Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a faith-based organization welcoming volunteers from all faiths who are committed to the goal of eliminating poverty housing. 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, the Habitat of Sonoma County initiated a 'blitz build' and in just one week built the 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.

Continued Successes

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 which were completed in the spring of 2011.

Our Newest Home Sites

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 Cotati.

Our Habitat ReStore

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.

Our Agency Profile

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