Habitat News

Habitat for Humanity is an international Christian non-profit, working for every family to have a safe and decent home. Anyone may apply to buy a Habitat home (income limits apply), and all volunteers are welcome, regardless of faith, skills, or experience. In the East/South Bay, Habitat has built over 500 homes, with 10-20 typically under construction at any given time. Habitat also operates housing rehab programs helping veterans and seniors to stay in their homes. Details on how families buy a Habitat home is here.
Visit www.habitatebsv.org for more information.


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Mike worked the last few years, doing mainly electrical work, at a Habitat 20-home development in Martinez, now finished and occupied by the new owners. In Fremont at a 30-condo project, the first 11 units are finished, the next 3 are 95% done, another 8 are past 50%, and the last 8 are being framed. In addition, Mike is involved in Habitat's efforts helping the City of San Jose with some "sleeping cabins" for homeless people: 40 will be placed on each of two sites, with bathrooms, showers, laundry, kitchens, etc. in common buildings on each site. Mike is also doing electrical on these -- the first site of 40, right next to the BART tracks at the not-yet-opened Berryessa Station, is just completed, and clients are starting to move in..










Here's some pictures from the 20-home Martinez project, from vacant lots to final completion, in just under 3 years.


Mike often does electrical work on the Habitat homes. Here he is with volunteers on the electrical team, all looking smug, after building inspectors said "two thumbs up" for their work on a recent home. (Habitat gets the same inspections a "for profit" home builder would.)



In addition to putting in panels, switches, plugs, and lights, Mike is part of the Habitat Speakers Bureau, and frequently gives talks to service clubs and other groups, seeking volunteers or donations.



UPCOMING BUILDING LOCATIONS
    
Pacifica Landing--Bay Point            29 new town-homes; 			Construction starts
				       plans approved by County         	early 2020 


    
Las Juntas-Pleasant Hill BART            42 new town-homes; plans		Construction starts
				         & funding approved by City		mid to late 2020        


    
Cleaveland Road-Pleasant Hill            7 new town-homes;			Construction starts
				         land acquired from City		mid 2021        



POSSIBLE BUILDING LOCATIONS - PRELIMINARY STUDY / DISCUSSION
    
Byron Avenue-Oakland		            	space for 10 new homes	
'A' Street-Hayward				space for 10 new homes
Naval Weapons Station-Concord			space for 60 new homes
Naval Air Station-Alameda			space for 75-80 new / refurbished homes
I-580 site-Oakland				space for 85 new homes
Quarry Lakes-Fremont				space for 32 new homes	  
101 So. Jackson Ave - San Jose			space for 14 new homes     

COMPLETED SITES WHERE MIKE HAS WORKED
    
Central Avenue-Fremont		            	11 condos (Phase 1 of 30); completed 2019	
Harmon Avenue-Berkeley				1 older home rebuilt; completed in 2018
Muir Ridge-Martinez				20 new homes in 3 phases; completed 2018
70th Avenue-Oakland				1 older home rebuilt; completed in 2016
Livermore					2 older homes rebuilt; completed in 2015
BART-Walnut Creek				10 new town-homes; completed in 2014
Brookfield-Oakland				12 new town-homes; completed in 2014
Cleo Avenue-Cupertino				4 new homes; completed in 2012
Humbolt St-San Jose				1 new home; completed in 2012
Kinsell Commons-Oakland				22 new town-homes; completed in 2011
Hayward						5 older homes rebuilt; completed in 2011
El Rincon-Bay Point				9 new homes; completed in 2010
Bay Point					5 older homes rebuilt; completed in 2010
Edes Avenue-Oakland				54 new town-homes in 4 phases; completed in 2010
Concord						1 older home rebuilt; completed in 2009
Alameda						8 new town-homes; completed in 2008
Antioch						4 new town-homes; completed in 2007
Freda Court-Livermore				22 new town-homes; completed in 2007
Oakley						10 new homes; completed in 2005       

PHOTO SCRAPBOOK -- MIKE THE ELECTRICIAN
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