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 aiding Veterans and seniors in maintaining safe and suitable housing. More info on how families can buy a Habitat house is here. For more information: www.habitatebsv.org.

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Work has completed at the 20-home site in Martinez near Highway 4, where Mike has mainly worked for the past 3 years, and all the new owners have moved in. The 42-home project near the Pleasant Hill BART station is still mired in city red tape, so Mike has been doing finish electrical work at the 30-condo development in Fremont where the first 11 "Phase 1" condos have just been finished. Familes buying these homes were celebrated at a recent Dedication ceremony. Mike has also helped a bit with Habitat's efforts to build some "tiny homes" for homeless people in San Jose.


****30 new condos in 5 buildings
****First two buildings now complete; Phase II starts in May

San Jose
****Homeless Sleeping Cabins
****Plans approved; production of first 40 underway

Bay Point
****Existing mobile homes
****Major repair and rebuiding

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

Mike often does electrical work on the Habitat homes. Here he's with other electrical volunteers, looking smug after building inspectors passed their work on a recent build!

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.


Walnut Creek-1250 Las Juntas Way

42 new 1-4 bed room townhouses
in 9 bldgs; Plans approved by city

Start early 2020

Bay Point-Pacifica Ave

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

Start mid 2020

Hayward-"A" Street

10 new town-homes; land acquired; city reviewing plans

Start 2021 or later

Oakland-Byron Avenue

10 new homes; planning beginning

Start 2021 or later

POSSIBLE Habitat building locations - Under Preliminary Study/Discussion:

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:

Berkeley 1 older home refurbished Completed in 2018
Pacheco 20 new homes in 3 phases Completed in 2018
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 townhomes in 4 phases 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

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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 playhouse workshop in West Oakland was rather dim, so Mike and friend Everett 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)