Habitat News
Habitat for Humanity is an international Christian charity, aiming for every family having a safe, decent, and affordable home. Anyone may apply to buy a home (income and other conditions apply), and all volunteers are welcome, regardless of faith, skills, etc. In the East and South Bay, Habitat has built over 500 homes, with 10 - 20 homes typically underway at any given time. Habitat also operates programs which aid Veterans in maintaining safe and suitable housing. More info on how families can buy a Habitat house are here. Websites for more information: www.habitatebsv.org, or for Habitat International, www.habitat.org

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Work continues at the 20-home site in Martinez (near I-680/Highway 4 junction). The new owners have already moved into the first 16 houses, and the "final four" are more than half finished. The "shells" of all four houses are done, the roofs are on, and all four have passed their rough electrical (and plumbing) inspections. Outside, siding is being nailed in place and painted. Inside, insulation is now in the exteriors walls, and sheet rock interior walls are being put up. Interior painting and flooring is next.

This carousel of pictures shows how this site has evolved, from when Habitat arrived until just recently, when sheet rock started going up on the interior walls.

The smug look on the volunteer electrical team's faces means every one of the latest set of houses passed their final electrical inspections with flying colors!

In addition to wielding wire cutters and hammers, Mike is part of the Habitat Speakers Bureau, and frequently gives talks to service clubs and other groups, looking for volunteers or donations.

CURRENT Habitat building locations:

Pacheco/Martinez 20 new homes First 16 finished; last 4 about half done

Fremont-Central Ave 30 new condos in 5 buildings Site work complete; first two buildings underway

Here's a scrapbook of additional photos from the Martinez/Pacheco site.

PLANNED Habitat building locations:

Walnut Creek-1250 Las Juntas Way

42 new 1-4 bed room townhouses in 9 bldgs; Walnut Creek reviewing plans

Start late-2018

Bay Point-Pacifica Ave

10+ new homes; land acquired; old house demolished; site fenced; site planning underway

Start 2022

Hayward-Sequoia Grove

10 new homes; land acquired

Start 2021 or later

Oakland-Byron Avenue

10 new homes; planning beginning

Start 2021 or later

POSSIBLE Habitat building locations - Under Preliminary Study/Discussion:

Los Gatos project of 15 new homes
Old Concord Naval Weapons Station site space for 60 new homes
Old Alameda Naval Air Station site space for 30+ homes; possible mix of new and refurbished
Oakland-near I-580 space for 8 new homes
Fremont-Quarry Lakes space for 32 new homes

COMPLETED Habitat projects where Mike has worked:

Pacheco Phases 1 & 2 16 new homes (Phase 3 currently underway) Completed in 2017
Oakland 1 older home refurbished Completed in 2016
Livermore 2 older homes completely rebuilt Completed in 2014
Pleasant Creek 10 new homes, at Walnut Creek BART Completed in 2014
Oakland-Brookfield 12 new homes, near OAK airport Completed in 2014
Cupertino 4 new homes Completed in 2012
San Jose-Humbolt 1 new home Completed in 2012
Oakland-Kinsell 22 new townhomes Completed in 2011
Hayward 5 older homes completely rebuilt Completed in 2011
Bay Point 9 new + 5 rebuilt homes Completed in 2010
Oakland-Edes 56 new homes Completed in 2010
Concord older home completely rebuilt Completed in 2009
Alameda 8 new townhomes Completed in 2008
Antioch 4 new townhomes Completed in 2007
Livermore-Freda Ct. 22 new homes Completed in 2007
Oakley 10 new homes Completed in 2005

MORE Photo Scrapbooks Follow

Mike the Electrician

Not all the electrical work Mike does at Habitat is on houses. One of Habitat's fund-raising programs involves groups building children's playhouses. The new playhouse workshop in West Oakland was rather dim, so Mike braved a scissors lift installing new LED light panels near the ceiling.

Mike the General Builder

Various Habitat Work Sites

House Dedications With Keys to New Owners (and Misc)