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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

KSRO Interview: Habitat for Humanity and Medtronic Joining

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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 »

Enter the Opportunity Quilt Raffle!

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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!

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“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 »