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Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay

Organization Mission

Seeking to put love into action, 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.

The Big Idea 2022:
For Renters Who Lost a Home in the CZU Fire:
A New Home

Local homeownership is getting further out of reach for the middle and lower class. Families live in crowded, unsafe, and unhealthy conditions, move constantly to escape rising rents, or leave the area altogether. Children don’t get the room to be kids, the stability of one safe home, and are burdened with their parents’ worry about money. They do poorly in school, often drop out to support their family, and have increasing mental health problems. This continues the cycle of poverty generation after generation.

Habitat breaks the cycle and helps families to help themselves. With a safe, simple, and well-built home with room for family members, outdoor space, and a neighborhood of peers, families who were on the brink of homelessness and poverty are able to work their way up, have pride of ownership, and a network of community members to lean on.

Habitat has given priority to families displaced by the CZU fires for two homes available in the Rodeo Creek Court development in Live Oak. Please help us support a couple we have selected, both are educators with strong ties to the community, who have continued to work hard as they pick up the pieces from their devastating loss. They have a son and were recently forced to leave their transitional trailer home as well.

A home is where you share life's joys and sorrows with family; you have a sense of community with neighbors. Home is a place where you feel safe. After hearing the news that we were selected for a Habitat home, we have a newfound feeling of permanence that is just the best.

Luke Politte, CZU fire victim and future Habitat homeowner

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Santa Cruz Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Santa Cruz Gives! raised over $1.10 million for 82 local nonprofits in 2021.

SCGives! has now raised and contributed over $36 million dollars since its inception Seven years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 1,455 donors. We did it, together.

Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November


The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.