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Mike Johnson Appointed Chief Executive Officer

Santa Rosa, CA (October 15, 2018) – Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County announced today its board of directors has named Mike Johnson Chief Executive Officer effective October 22.  Interim CEO John Kennedy will continue his economic empowerment role as chairman of the board of directors.   Mr. Johnson joins Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma… Read more »

2018 Hope Builder Breakfast

Join us at Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County’s 4th annual Hope Builder Breakfast fundraiser benefiting families displaced by the fires, and especially, vulnerable members of our community and workforce. December 4, 2018 7:00am Registration | 7:30am – 9:00am Program Flamingo Resort & Spa 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA Register below, or call Jacqui Salyer:… Read more »

Community Interest Meeting: November 10th

  Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County invites you to an informational meeting to learn how we help low to moderate income families on their path to affordable housing.  Join us Saturday November 10th, 2018 at 10am, at Shiloh Neighborhood Church-5901 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA.  Sign in begins at 9:30am.  For more information… Read more »

INTERVIEW: The Sonoma Cottages Being Built for Fire Survivors on the Medtronic Property

Sean Salmon, Senior VP for Medtronic, and Interim CEO for Habitat for Humanity, John Kennedy discuss the groundbreaking for the temporary housing being built on the Medtronic property for fire survivors to rent for two to five years, the timeline for the program going forward, how you can apply for the new housing, the other… Read more »

A new housing idea for Sonoma’s ‘missing middle’

County officials are moving forward aggressively on a three-pronged approach to alleviating the local housing crisis. Permit Sonoma, the county’s permitting agency, has been tasked with taking fast and bold action to unkink the county’s housing construction pipeline, whose logjam has been exacerbated in the wake of last year’s wildfires. In 2017, the county implemented… Read more »

Sonoma Wildfire Cottages construction begins in Santa Rosa

Construction has started on eight to 10 Habitat for Humanity cottages that will be temporarily located on Medtronic’s Fountaingrove campus in Santa Rosa to help house residents whose homes were destroyed in the October 2017 wildfires. Two of the units are already being framed, and they all should be ready for occupancy in late fall… Read more »

Cottages underway to provide housing for fire survivors

Work is underway to install a total of 15 modular cottages at two sites in Windsor and Fountaingrove nearly a year after October’s firestorm destroyed 5,300 homes in Sonoma County. The cottages will provide short-term, affordable housing for those who lost homes or were displaced after the most destructive blaze in California’s history, with some… Read more »

Affordable housing takes a step forward at council meeting

Windsor approves requests from Habitat for Humanity to move project forward At the Sept. 19 meeting of the Windsor Town Council, the town took a large step towards moving one of its keystone affordable housing projects forward. Duncan Village, a Habitat For Humanity project, was designated in August of 2017 to receive $556,000 from the… Read more »

Sonoma County Habitat for Humanity creates, donates playhouses

Santa Rosa fifth-grader Rilee Harte was challenged last month with an enviable task. From all the adorable, handcrafted playhouses available at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, she had to choose the one she liked best. There were several contenders, but Rilee ended up selecting one decorated with colorful swirls and elegant shapes found in the… Read more »

Press Democrat: Habitat for Humanity plans to build cottages for fire survivors

Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County plans to erect a temporary ‘wildfire cottage’ community on Medtronic’s campus in Fountaingrove. On a sloping patch of ground near a corporate parking garage in Santa Rosa, an affordable housing group is preparing to build eight compact residences for fire survivors to call home for at least two years…. Read more »

KSRO Interview: Habitat for Humanity and Medtronic Joining

John Kennedy, CEO for Habitat for Humanity, shares the major disasters that his organization has helped across the country over the past few years, how these new cottages will help those who lost their home due to the wildfires, the length of time they can be rented once completed. The three cottages being built, the… Read more »

Sonoma Wildfire Cottages

Sonoma Cottages – Santa Rosa – 8 cottages to be rented to displaced fire survivors in Santa Rosa. Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County recently launched it’s Sonoma Wildfire Cottage Initiative as a part of the fire recovery efforts. This pilot program will showcase multiple building technologies for long-term affordable and workforce housing solutions for… Read more »

Join Us For The Unveiling Of The Sonoma Wildfire Cottage Initiative

  We would be honored if you could join us this Wednesday, June 6 at 4:00 p.m. at the Medtronic Fountaingrove campus,  where I will unveil plans for The Sonoma Wildfire Cottage Initiative.   Refreshments will be served.  Additional details can be found here. Date and Time   Wed, June 6, 2018 4:00 PM –… Read more »

Enter the Opportunity Quilt Raffle!

Did you know that every child moving into a Habitat home in Sonoma County receives a personalized quilt hand-made by a group of dedicated volunteers? The Welcome Home Quilters donate countless hours and much of their own supplies, not to mention their incredible skill! You can support their work by entering the raffle for this… Read more »

Habitat Partners With Rebuild Wine Country!

“Strieter realized that the wine industry was eager to get behind a major relief effort, so he and his co-workers at the Occidental-based winery created Rebuild Wine Country (rebuildwinecountry.org). Using social media and other digital assets, the new nonprofit found a way to channel that outpouring of support into financing for new home construction. To… Read more »

Realtor.com Spends a Day at ReStore Helping with Wildfire Relief

On November 30th, Realtor.com donated $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County and their employees volunteered the day to help the Santa Rosa ReStore after Sonoma County was hit hard in October by the devastating wildfires.​

West Steele Lane Renovation on Schedule – New Pipes, Wires, and Windows!

The Build Team has made a lot of progress this month. The renovation on West Steele Lane is moving forward by leaps and bounds. Just this month we’ve finished installing all new windows, we’ve cleared the entire lot of brush, debris, and old concrete in preparation for landscaping. Our fantastic electricians have finished three quarters… Read more »

Niko Flores helps to build Habitat homes

Niko Flores, one of our Habitat Partner Family Members is currently working on completing his family’s 500 sweat equity hours. He is bringing his floor laying talents to help build Habitat Homes. Niko is leading a team to put down flooring throughout our first house in the Santa Rosa Harris Village Neighborhood. He is teaching… Read more »

Americorps members participate in Colorado’s Build-a-Thon

Our Americorps Volunteers spent June 4th-10th building Habitat homes in Colorado as a part of flood recovery efforts east of Boulder. The Colorado Build-a-Thon spread 150 Habitat Americorps members from the Western US among five towns that experienced catastrophic flooding in 2013. Habitat for Humanity has been able to aid 200 families as part of… Read more »

Mark Allen – teaching life skills through volunteering

After graduating from college build volunteer Mark Allen applied for teaching positions in Sonoma County. During his honeymoon he accepted a position with Healdsburg High School in 1974 teaching Metal Shop. During his career he also taught Wood Shop, Drafting, Crafts, Speech, and US History. Mark enjoyed teaching US History because it was “much more… Read more »

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