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Prefabricated Habitats for Humanity

In the midst of a housing crisis, Sonoma County starts its own factory to build houses AUTHOR: MORRIS MERTZ   In the 2017 historic wildfire season that saw historic damages across the American West, Sonoma County, California experienced some of the worst of it: more homes were destroyed there in a single day than had… Read more »

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Are You Interested in a Habitat Home?

Are you a Wildfire Survivor? Do you qualify for a Habitat Home? Now accepting INTEREST FORMS from QUALIFIED APPLICANTS   Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County is preparing to open our next application round for homes that will be built in Windsor and Santa Rosa. The tentative construction is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2020… Read more »

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Harold Duncan Appointed Chief Executive Officer

Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County has announced the selection of its new Chief Executive Officer, Harold Duncan, who will assume the post on October 1. Duncan retired in late 2018 after thirty plus years serving in executive leadership roles with F. Korbel and Bros, Inc. – most recently as Senior Vice President of Operations…. Read more »

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Habitat for Hannah in Graton Green Village

           

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60+ Affordable Housing Unit Proposal in Sonoma

Senior Project Manager for Sonoma County’s Habitat for Humanity, David Brigode, is working on a possible 60-unit affordable housing development just outside of Sonoma city limits. Steps to this multi-year project include getting the property formally annexed by the City of Sonoma and gaining funds from the CalHome Fire Disaster Relief Fund for $4.2 million… Read more »

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The Habitat Center

Revolutionizing Building in Sonoma County! In June 2019, Habitat Sonoma County secured the site for The Habitat Center – the region’s first nonprofit industrialized residential construction factory and trades training center. Computer-aided systems at the Center will convert construction plans to panelized wall assembly instructions. In The Habitat Center’s factory, teams of staff and volunteers… Read more »

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Sonoma Wildfire Cottages Dedication Ceremony

It was a lovely event, with an amazing turn out! Despite the summer heat, hundreds attended Habitat’s Dedication Ceremony of the nine wildfire cottages housed on Medtronic’s Fountaingrove campus. Read about the Cottage families here.   Watch the videos and read more here: KGO TV / ABC7 News – 8/16/19 https://abc7news.com/society/home-sweet-home-for-north-bay-fire-victims/5473214/   News of the… Read more »

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Teen construction trades programs see spike in participants

Three years ago, just seven high school students graduated from a North Bay program teaching them construction skills. This year, the graduating class for the North Bay Construction Corps was 98 students from five North Bay counties. The program consists of a five-month training program plus a two-week boot camp. In Sonoma County, the corps… Read more »

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Unveiling of Sonoma Wildfire Cottages

With major support from Rebuild Wine Country and Medtronic, nine fire survivor families will move into disaster resistant cottages as part of initiative led by world renown Katrina Cottage designer Marianne Cusato of Cypress Community Development Corporation. The Sonoma Wildfire Cottages Initiative was announced in 2018 as a pilot program to showcase and compare the… Read more »

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Wildfire cottages project with North Bay Construction Corps

Three years ago, just seven high school students graduated from a North Bay program teaching them construction skills. This year, the graduating class for the North Bay Construction Corps was 98 students from five North Bay counties. The program consists of a five-month training program plus a two-week boot camp. In Sonoma County, the corps… Read more »

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High tech, lots of volunteers key to Habitat’s new housing factory

Jasmine Palmer and her two daughters were once homeless, living in their car. That’s until she started a journey toward home ownership and building a better life for herself and her children. It took commitment to volunteer 500 hours of work, and along with time donated by volunteers from nine churches, she now has a… Read more »

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ABC 7 News: Habitat’s housing factory to build affordable homes

In the North Bay, Habitat for Humanity Sonoma County is taking a unique approach by creating its own housing factory to actually build affordable homes….watch the video.  

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Teaming Up with North Bay Construction Corps for Job Training

  North Bay Construction Corps is a partnership between North Coast Builders Exchange, the Career Technical Education Foundation, or CTE, Sonoma County Office of Education and the Santa Rosa Junior College. Ethan Brown, program manager at the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, said Sonoma County needs about 1,000 more residential construction and trades workers by… Read more »

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Sonoma County Habitat for Humanity plans housing factory

Sonoma County needs a lot of affordable homes, and soon it will have a sizable factory dedicated to turning out such housing rain or shine. Tim Leach, Sonoma County Habitat for Humanity’s new chairman, announced Friday the nonprofit has signed a three-year lease agreement with SOMO Village, pending a final review by Wells Fargo Bank,… Read more »

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Habitat for Humanity opens Santa Rosa housing project Harris Village

On March 23, three Habitat for Humanity Sonoma County partner families became homeowners on West Steele Lane in Santa Rosa…read more

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Habitats Duncan Village Groundbreaking Is Slated For July

Maria getting a new house

Building in areas all across Sonoma County is important to Habitat! We are looking forward to breaking ground soon on Duncan Village with the Town of Windsor and watching more Habitat families like Alicia’s become owners of affordable homes. Read a bit of her story here.

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Habitat for Humanity Construction to Begin at Graton Green Village

Ta da!! It’s spring!! Winter is passing. Gratitude for all the rain. Happy spring, sunshine and scented blooms to you all. Habitat for Humanity will be moving forward with a two-home build in Graton. The two-home build project is a part of Green Valley Village. The build will be starting in the Spring and expected… Read more »

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Habitat for Humanity plans Sonoma County factory for prefab homes

A leading Sonoma County nonprofit plans to launch a factory this spring where it will build key parts for prefabricated homes, an innovative effort intended to help speed the construction of affordable for-sale housing. Habitat for Humanity Sonoma County, part of the international faith-based group, plans to open a zero-waste factory that could harness paid… Read more »

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“A Place for Humanity”

We’re doing great things in our community and moving forward in BIG ways. Habitat for Humanity is Building Together, Building a Future, Building Innovation, Building Opportunity, Building Momentum. Let’s Build the Future Together! “A Place for Humanity” produced by PH Productions and DangerBrain

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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.​

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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 »

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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 »

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Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County – Housing Initiatives Update

When the Sonoma Wildfire Cottages open, over 150 people in Sonoma County will be living in Habitat homes! That includes families whose homes we helped build from the ground up, and seniors whose homes we saved with life-changing repairs. We are now on track for 2020 to be our biggest build year ever! 38 MORE… Read more »

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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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