Habitat News

Habitat for Humanity is an international Christian non-profit, building new homes for sale to low-income families. Anyone may apply to buy (income limits apply), and all volunteers are welcome, regardless of skills, eperience, or faith. In the East/South Bay, Habitat has built over 500 homes, with 10-20 typically under construction at any time. Habitat also sometimes rehabilitates older homes, helping veterans and seniors to safely stay there. Details on how families can qualify for a home are here.
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Just before the Covid era and shortly after, Habitat built 30 new condos in Fremont, and completely rebuilt 2 older homes (from the early 1900's) in Oakland. Mike has done electrical work at all these projects.

At the project by the Pleasant Hill BART station, Habitat is building 42 town homes, from 1 to 4 bedrooms, spread over 8 buildings. This is Habitat's first "all electric" development, and will have no natural gas at the site. Site work finished in 2022, and the first four buildings (23 homes) will be completed right at the end of 2023.

As an electrician, Mike's main contribution so far at this site has been the temporary power installations. These supply power for the tool containers and office trailer, as well as for all the saws, air compressors, etc. needed during construction.

Here's some pictures, starting with the vacant land, and up to today, where you can see all four buildings of Phase I. The buildings have been painted, and have their solar panels on their roofs, with most remaining work going on inside.



While Esperanza Place is the BIG project going on, Mike has also been working on a rehab project at a 90-year old home in Oakland, and also at the new Concord ReStore (Habitat's version of a thrift shop) which recently opened for business. The building was formerly a high-end furniture store, and it needed a lot of remodeling and customizing for the Habitat operation. So electrican Mike, with other Habitat volunteers, has been busy here as well!





Last year, Mike worked in Fremont at a 30-condo project, now complete. In addition, Mike was involved in Habitat's efforts helping the City of San Jose with some "sleeping cabins" for homeless people: almost 200 cabins are now on their permanent sites, with bathrooms, showers, laundry, kitchens, etc. in common buildings.



Several years ago, Mike worked, doing mainly electrical work, at a Habitat 20-home development in Martinez, now finished and occupied by the new owners. Here's some pictures from that project, from vacant lots to final completion, in just under 3 years.

Here's Mike and some of the volunteer electrical team, all looking smug, after building inspectors said "two thumbs up" for their work on some recent homes. (Habitat developments get 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.



BUILDING LOCATIONS STARTING SOON
    
Pacifica Landing--Bay Point            29 new town-homes; 			Construction starts
				       plans approved by County         	October 2023 



FUTURE BUILDING SITES

City Location Homes Complete Date
Walnut Creek Esperanza Place Phase I 23 2023
Sunnyvale Jackson Street 1 2024
Bay Point Pacifica Landing I 3 2024
San Jose 4th & Reed 4 2024
San Leandro Castro Street 3 2025
Walnut Creek Esperanza Place Phase II 19 2025
Antioch Trellagas Road 6 2026
Pleasant Hill Cleveland Road 7 2026
Pleasant Hill Woodsworth Lane 7 2026
Hayward Sequoia Grove 10 2026
Santa Clara De La Cruz Blvd 15 2026
San Jose Jackson Ave 14 2026
Bay Point Pacifica Landing II 26 2027
Alameda Alameda North 68 2028
Oakland Byron Avenue 10 2028
San Jose Mount Pleasant 8 2029
Oakland Wood Street 85 2030

COMPLETED SITES WHERE MIKE HAS WORKED
    

Manila Avenue-Oakland	                        2 older homes rebuilt: completed in 2022
Central Avenue-Fremont		            	30 new condos; completed 2020	
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; 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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