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Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay

Organization Mission

Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. We envision a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We aim to build simple, affordable homes and provide home ownership opportunities to qualified families in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

The Big Idea 2023:
Rodeo Creek Court Project

Rodeo Creek Court is an 11-home project that is part of our core program, Single Family Home Construction, for first-time home-buyers. To qualify, households must earn 50% – 80% of area median income, have a need for improved housing, and be willing to partner with us to provide “sweat equity.” They help build their homes alongside the Habitat team of staff and volunteers. Two homes will be for families of someone with disabilities, and ADA-compliant.

One goal is to construct these homes with 70% volunteer labor. We then provide in-depth homeowner education to improve and maintain all facets of their lives. This and the affordable mortgage mean families build strength, stability and self-reliance. All homes will have rooftop solar panels, washer, dryer, and a storage room. We believe in building a sense of community and will add a play area and an organic community garden for all residents to share.

Our current living situation causes us daily fear of getting sick due to toxic mold growing throughout our house. A Habitat home would mean owning our own home, having stability for our family, a safe and peaceful environment that we could call ours, and a place where we can grow and flourish as a family. We are so grateful to Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay, donors, and volunteers.

Anonymous Santa Cruz resident - soon-to-be-Habitat homeowner