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 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 time. Habitat also rehabilitates some older homes, helping veterans and seniors to stay in their homes. Details on how families can qualify is here.
Visit www.habitatebsv.org for more information.

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Habitat has recently finished building 30 new condos in Fremont, and several hundred hundred temporary housing units for the homeless in San Jose. One of our two new Big projects -- 42 new homes by the Pleasant Hill BART station -- has begun, but is moving forward at glacial pace, due to seemingly endless delays and red tape. (The other one, 29 new homes in Bay Point, hasn't even gotten that far yet.)

In the meantime, Habitat has purchased an old (built in 1912) house in Oakland, and is fixing it up for sale to a veteran or other needy person. Mike has been doing electrical work there.


At the Pleasant Hill BART location (42 town homes, from 1 to 4 bedrooms, in 8 buildings), some site work has been done, including demolishing old fences, putting up privacy screen on the perimeter fence, and burying 2 inch conduit for the temporary power setup. Adding excitement, a contractor cut down some of the big trees that are being removed. This will be Habitat's first "all electric" development, and will have no natural gas piping into the buildings.


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. More recently, he worked in Fremont at a 30-condo project, which is also now complete. In addition, Mike is involved in Habitat's efforts helping the City of San Jose with some "sleeping cabins" for homeless people: 80 cabins are already on their permanent sites, with bathrooms, showers, laundry, kitchens, etc. in common buildings.









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         	mid 2021 


    
Cleaveland Road-Pleasant Hill            7 new town-homes;			Construction starts
				         land acquired from City		late 2022        



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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