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 are here. Websites 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. The new owners are already living in most of the homes. A new 42-home project near the Pleasant Hill BART station will be starting soon, and will become Mike's new Habitat "home base." (In the meantime, Mike has been working on various other Habitat short-term projects.)

This carousel of pictures shows how the Martinez site evolved, from when Habitat arrived until just recently.



Mike often does electrical work on the Habitat homes. Here he is with some of the other electrical volunteers, looking smug after the building inspector passed their work on some of the houses!


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:

Berkeley 1 existing home Complete rebuilding of 1920's era house

Fremont-Central Ave 30 new condos in 5 buildings First two buildings well underway






PLANNED Habitat building locations:


Walnut Creek-1250 Las Juntas Way

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

Start late-2018


Bay Point-Pacifica Ave

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

Start 2022


Hayward-"A" Street

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

Start 2019 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 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)