Habi Holidays!

December 18, 2014  |  Leave a Comment

This year, you guys have helped us introduce new families (and reconnect with homeowners from years past!), celebrate 25 years, build with PRIDE, frame the future, win #GivingTuesday and so much more! So, as 2014 winds down, we just wanted to wish you all Habi happy holidays…with a little help from our families and volunteers. Help make more holiday memories for local families by donating now!

Shirley and Federico, 1st Christmas in their home

Amanda, 1st Christmas in her home

Matt and Shannon, 2nd Christmas in their home

Schueller Family Christmas Card

Dina, 4th Christmas in her home

Dina Christmas Card

Kalimah, 10-year Habitat volunteer

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Christmas Card w ornaments and families

 

Remember that time you all rocked #GivingTuesday 2014? So do we.

December 4, 2014  |  Leave a Comment

Last year, we asked you all to spread the word about #GivingTuesday, the annual day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, now in it’s third year. On December 3, 2013, you helped us raise 120% of our $5,000 goal in just 24 hours. This year, we decided to go even bigger — $10,000 in 24 hours.

Well. You guys made it happen, and we are THRILLED, INSPIRED AND BRIMMING WITH THANKFULNESS!

Here are just a few highlights from the day — try not to get too overwhelmed by how amazing you all are:

We joined with more than 18,000 organizations worldwide to celebrate #GivingTuesday

The Prep

We spent one month planting seeds with our digital community about #GivingTuesday via Facebook, Twitter, and our monthly e-news. On December 2, we asked you not only to donate what you could, but to spread the word on social media, in person, and via email — and you came through! This Facebook post featuring one of our homeowners was seen more than 3,000 times!

 

The Countdown

Razoo, an online giving platform, featured us in their pre-#GivingTuesday news line-up as one of 10 organizations spotlighted for the national giving day. Nice!

The Social Media

#GivingTuesday was conceived as a ‘digital’ giving day and marketed as a hashtag, so this year, we stretched our social legs, posting nine times on Facebook between 7 AM and midnight; 20 times on Twitter (where we received 47 mentions, retweets, and clicks, and earned a combined reach of over 150,000 views!); and six times on Instagram.

The Golden Ticket

Just after 10PM (two hours after reaching $10K in donations), Razoo announced Habitat won a $1000 Golden Ticket for the most donors between 9 and 10 PM. Can I get a shoutout for people who stay up late?

We also placed 16th (out of more than 24,000 fundraisers and organizations) on Razoo’s #GivingTuesday page for funds raised, and 24th for number of individual donors.

The Donations

The best part? The donations ranged from big to small. Our 125 donors gave gifts ranging from $10 to $1,000! And some lucky ReStore shoppers (and staff!) even got this limited edition stickers. Here’s Jessica, one of our AmeriCorps, modeling hers.

The Fun Part

Our staff came through in a big way this year, doubling from 30% giving to 60% (28 staff, both office and construction). And five (that’s 30 percent!) of our AmeriCorps gave, averaging over $20 each!

The Wrap Up

All in all – we raised $15,157 and with the match from Tamalpais Pacific, we have $25,157 to mobilize our neighbors to build homes, revitalize neighborboods and get people homebuyer ready. You made a difference for families on #GivingTuesday, proving to us that you harness the Holiday Spirit for good. Thank you!

7 Ways to Give this Holiday Season

December 1, 2014  |  Leave a Comment

With Thanksgiving just behind us and New Year’s Eve less than a month away, it’s safe to say the holiday season is once again in full swing. Between family dinners, office parties, traveling and manic shopping deal days, we know things can get pretty busy. That’s why we whipped up this quick and easy guide for holiday giving. Here are 7 easy ways, in just seven days, to help Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco give the gift of home this holiday season.

Monday: Plan a pizza party!

Still hungry after a Thanksgiving feast? If you’re in San Francisco, you can plan an office pizza party or just pick up a few pies before you head home. On Tuesday, December 2nd, Patxi’s Pizza in Hayes Valley will be donating 10% of the day’s proceeds to Habitat Greater San Francisco! Your money will go toward great pizza and a great cause — what better way to start off the week?

Pizza from Patxi's

*Image courtesy Patxi’s Pizza 

Tuesday: Join our #GivingTuesday campaign!

It’s #GivingTuesday again! Celebrate the third annual national giving day by joining our campaign. Schedule a donation, share a Facebook post, and retweet! If @HabitatGSF gets the most retweets on a single tweet that includes the hashtag #RazooGT14, we could win a Twitter Trophy worth up to $600!

Wednesday: Volunteer!

Beat back the hump day slump with a hammer and a handful of nails. We’re still looking for volunteers in the new year, so grab a few friends and sign up now!

Thursday: Vote!

If the long week has tired you out, don’t worry — this one is easy. Vote up Habitat for Humanity Greater SF in the Sungevity Gives Backs contest and help us win $20,000 toward building homes and hope in San Francisco, Marin and the Peninsula.

Friday: Donate!

Remember all those great deals you scored last Friday? Pay it forward — your happy hour could be the doorknob on a happy home.

Parker Family One Year Sign

And remember, Habitat can use more than cash. If you’re decluttering before the holidays, remember to donate old appliances and furniture to the ReStore. Speaking of the ReStore…

Saturday: Go shopping!

You’ve had a week to recover from Black Friday madness. Resurface (safely!) at our ReStore in San Carlos and check off your holiday shopping list early.

Sunday: Relax and donate your car with a few clicks.

Phew! What a week. You deserve a day off. Fortunately, donating your car is as easy as checking your Facebook feed while binge watching Netflix. Enjoy!

5 Fabulous Moments From Framing the Future ’14*

November 19, 2014  |  Leave a Comment

*Disclaimer: Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco is not responsible for any incidents that may occur when attempting to read the title of this blog five times fast.

A little over a week ago, Habitat hosted its second annual Framing the Future breakfast at the Sharon Heights Country Club, celebrating 25 years of building forward with our incredible volunteers, donors and Habitat families. Habitat supporters from all over San Francisco, Marin and the Peninsula came out to enjoy breakfast, chat with friends and Habitat families, and listen to our speakers tell inspiring stories about making volunteerism a core value.

Couldn’t make it this year? Not to worry — check out this fancy five-frame flashback for details! Here’s a recap of some of our favorite Framing the Future 2014 moments:

Ten-year volunteer Kalimah made us all cry

10-Year Volunteer Kalimah and her daughters

She also made us fall in love with her and her sixteen-year-old twin daughters, who also volunteer with Habitat. If you haven’t read Kalimah’s story yet, we won’t ruin it for you — but we will advise a box of tissues. And probably a free Saturday. You’ll want to come build with her ASAP.

Claire Díaz-Ortiz taught us all about volunteerism

Claire Diaz-Ortiz speaking at Framing the Future 2014

Keynote speaker, tech innovator, author, and generally awesome person Claire reminded us that “anyone can be a volunteer.” Truer words never spoken, Claire!

We remembered 25 years of building homes and hope

Spoiler alert: That made some of us cry, too.

This

Kalimah baby

Kalimah, a 10-year Habitat volunteer, with brand new baby Marion and mom/Habitat volunteer Donna.

All together now: awwwwww.

We missed you!

Jumping phil

We had a great time this year. We can’t wait for you to join us next year, but until then, feel free to volunteer!

 UPDATED 12/9: OR, if you can’t wait the full year, check out a recording of the event!

Best bunch of Habitat GSF AmeriCorps EVER? Quite Possibly.

September 15, 2014  |  Leave a Comment

AmeriCorps Group Photo

Granted, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco has been fortunate to have amazing AmeriCorps volunteers year after year. But with AmeriCorps turning 20 years old just last week (happy birthday!), rumors are already circulating that we’ve managed to sweep the biggest and best batch of new recruits so far!

Some of our AmeriCorps will be “in the field”, leading construction at Habitat Terrace, Mount Burdell, and various Neighborhood Revitalization projects. Others will be in the office, working hard to make Habitat Greater San Francisco bigger, better, and Habitat-ier than ever before.

We love this year’s group and can’t wait to see what they help us build!

Aaron R. | Aaron U. | Aziza | Brandon | Christine | Denise | Jack | Jessica
Katy | Lidia | Mike | Molly | Ray | Sarah B. | Sarah N. | Victoria |  Zoe

Introducing…

Zoe Oliver-Grey – Construction at Habitat Terrace

Hometown: Oakland, CA
College: University of Chicago
Degree: English Literature
Why did you join AmeriCorps?
I believe in the Habitat mission and am ready to do my part.
What are you looking forward to the most?
I’m most looking forward to giving back to my community and making new friends.
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps?
I helped build a play house for a neighborhood school.
One thing people might not know about you?
I can juggle…as long as it’s with scarves.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met?
No one.
Favorite meal: My favorite meal is my mom’s barley + lentils.
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list?
Currently, my most ambitious goal is to build a house…hopefully, I can accomplish that soon!
A hobby you enjoy? I love to garden.

Brandon Young – Office (Homeowner Development)

Hometown: San Diego, CA
College: UC Berkeley
Degree: Computer Science
Why did you join AmeriCorps?
My friend talked me into it.
What are you looking forward to the most?
 Working on a build!
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps?
 A shelf!
One thing people might not know about you?
I treat STDs!
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met?
I met Maya Angelou!
Favorite meal: Sushi
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list?
 Go to Australia
A hobby you enjoy? I’m learning to play the fiddle!

Sarah Nolan – Office (Deepening Community Impact)

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
College: Duke University
Degree: Public Policy
Why did you join AmeriCorps?
I love delving in to social issues, exploring everything from research to hearing from community members. I hope to hone my skills to help solve big problems in my own tiny way.
What are you looking forward to the most?
Embracing my inner data nerd and learning from a great team.
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps?
Helping kids build some awesome papier-mâché volcanoes, even if they had a rainbow color scheme.
One thing people might not know about you?
My last cellphone was broken by a black bear.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met?
I’ve gotten Ellen Page before, but that’s a bit of a stretch.
Favorite meal: Not a full meal, but English breakfast tea and a fresh blueberry scone always makes my day.
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list:
Live and work in the Himalayas.
A hobby you enjoy? Trekking into the wilderness.


Molly Foley – Construction at Mount Burdell

Hometown: Goshen, NY
College: SUNY Delhi
 Degree: Liberal Arts
Why did you join AmeriCorps? To make the world a better place.
What are you looking forward to the most: A novel new experience.
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: My garden.
One thing people might not know about you? I’m ordained.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? I’ve met Paul DiMeo from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Favorite meal: Eggplant rollatini.
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: Kayak
A hobby you enjoy? Writing.

Jessica Martin – Office (Neighborhood Revitalization)

Hometown: Orlando, FL
College: University of Central Florida
Degree: International and Global Studies
Why did you join AmeriCorps?
I wanted a chance to work in a different community.
What are you looking forward to the most?
Even though I’ll be in the office, I’m excited to work on a build site again.
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps?
I helped my dad build an entertainment hutch once.
One thing people might not know about you?
I’m an avid runner and I’m excited to run some races in the Bay Area.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met?
I once gave David Cross a bottle of water at a music festival.
Favorite meal: Anything involving tacos or burritos.
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list:
Hiking Machu Picchu.
A hobby you enjoy? I like to build things.


Aaron Ungar – Construction at Mt. Burdell

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Temple University
Degree: Neuroscience
Why did you join AmeriCorps? To help those in need.
What are you looking forward to the most: Experience building.
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: Cabinets
One thing people might not know about you? I worked with glowing fish in college.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? No one.
Favorite meal: Panang curry.
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: Skydiving.
A hobby you enjoy? Fencing.


Katherine Carpenter – Office (Volunteer Services)

Hometown: Placerville, CA
College: SF State
Degree: Associate’s – going back for a degree in social work
Why did you join AmeriCorps? To get in touch with the San Francisco community and give back.
What are you looking forward to the most: Meeting lots of new people and helping reach Habitat’s mission and learning how to build more than Ikea furniture. =)
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: My Ikea table!
One thing people might not know about you? I’m an avid scrabble player!
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? N/A
Favorite meal: Anything that isn’t mac-n-cheese is a treat!
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: I want to open up my own nonprofit for affordable senior/Alzheimer’s care.
A hobby you enjoy? Painting (really badly – however, Picasso did say that all kids are artist, the trouble is staying an artist as you grow up).

Victoria Van Duyne – Construction at Habitat Terrace

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
College: Wheaton College
Degree: Classics and Studio Art
Why did you join AmeriCorps? To learn, be of service, and meet “like-minded” people.
What are you looking forward to the most: LEARNING!
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: Kitchen/bath remodel.
One thing people might not know about you? Love Greece – language + food!
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? Met Neil Young, came to buy watercolor paper at an art store I worked at.
Favorite meal: Sunday family pot roast.
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: So many things I’m excited about…I don’t know!
A hobby you enjoy? Painting, photography, writing music, rock climbing.


Lidia Vieyra – Office (Homeowner Development)

Hometown: San Diego, CA
College: UC Berkeley
 Degree: Political Science
Why did you join AmeriCorps? To work for Habitat. =)
What are you looking forward to the most: Working closely with community members.
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: Bird house
One thing people might not know about you? I’m a huge Disney fan.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? Mickey Mouse!
Favorite meal: PB + J
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: Hike the PCT
A hobby you enjoy? Hiking


Jack Alcorn – Construction at Habitat Terrace

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
College: North Carolina State University
Degree: Natural Resource Economics
Why did you join AmeriCorps? I wanted a challenging and rewarding experience.
What are you looking forward to the most: Interacting with fellow co-workers, Habitat volunteers, and homeowners.
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: Triple decker sandwich: peanut butter, jelly, banana, M&M’s, pretzels, and crackers.
One thing people might not know about you? I have a twin brother.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? One Halloween, some girl said I looked like Channing Tatum…my costume was a Globe Trotter.
Favorite meal: My mom’s chicken marsala.
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: Getting married.
A hobby you enjoy? Sports.


Denise Ireland – Office (Fund Development)

Hometown: Takoma Park, MD
College: University of Maryland
 Degree: English Literature
Why did you join AmeriCorps? To give back…and get rich, obviously.
What are you looking forward to the most: Supporting a great organization.
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: I’ve built some good bonfires, but not much else!
One thing people might not know about you? I lived in India for six months, but I haven’t seen much of the United States – yet!
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? I’m not sure I’ve met anyone famous, but I’ve seen Maya Angelou and Angela Davis speak. They were both amazing in different ways.
Favorite meal: Vegan pizza.
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: I’d like to travel a lot – Europe would be amazing.
A hobby you enjoy? I like doing things outside – going to parks, camping, etc.


Aaron Ramos – Construction at Habitat Terrace

Hometown: Santa Clarita
Why did you join AmeriCorps? For the purpose of interacting with people and giving back to a beautiful community.
What are you looking forward to the most: Living in a great city.
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: Dodger Stadium or a Hyundai headquarters, can’t decide.
One thing people might not know about you? I own a Yorkie named Akira.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? Adrien Brody
Favorite meal: Pizza always satisfies me.
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: I don’t have a bucket list! I just do it all.
A hobby you enjoy? Playing Texas Hold’em


Christine Haas – Construction with Neighborhood Revitalization

Hometown: Chicago, IL
College: University of San Francisco
 Degree: Architecture
Why did you join AmeriCorps? To give back to my community.
What are you looking forward to the most: Meeting all the volunteers.
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: Too many models.
One thing people might not know about you? I have a crazy laugh.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? N/A
Favorite meal: Sushi
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: Going zorbing in New Zealand.
A hobby you enjoy? Doing high ropes courses.


Michael Mulligan – Construction at Habitat Terrace

Hometown: Pottsville, PA
College: Penn State University
Degree: Business Psychology
Why did you join AmeriCorps? To acquire ling-long residential carpentry skill; to create lasting bonds with fellow crew leaders.
What are you looking forward to the most: Tuesday training days!
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: A campfire!
One thing people might not know about you? I belong to Parmi Nous, Penn State’s oldest Senior Honor Society.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? Chris O’Dowd
Favorite meal: Pizza
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: Build my first tiny home with these new skills after my year of service.
A hobby you enjoy? Playing electric piano/synth.


Sarah Bender – Construction with Neighborhood Revitalization

Hometown: Cranford, NJ
College: Williams College
 Degree: BA in Comparative Literature
Why did you join AmeriCorps?
I have spent the past few years working in urban education, specifically at a high school in a rapidly-gentrifying Brooklyn. I have seen firsthand the effects of housing instability, and therefore am super jazzed about Habitat’s mission. I am also excited for a new adventure and the opportunity to work with my hands while I ponder what my next more is (hello, quarter-life crisis!).
What are you looking forward to the most: Engaging with the communities we serve.
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: I really enjoy doing roofing work.
One thing people might not know about you? My hair is full of secrets.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? I’ve never met anyone famous!
Favorite meal: Don’t make me choose!
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: Never running a marathon.
A hobby you enjoy? I pole-vaulted for my college track team and have been looking for an activity to fill that void since graduation…rocking climbing is working for now!

Ray Reedy – Construction at Habitat Terrace

Hometown: Poulsbo, WA
College: Washington State University
Degree: Architecture
Why did you join AmeriCorps? To make a positive impact while working with the impacted people.
What are you looking forward to the most: Doing meaningful work, gaining useful skills, while working outside.
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: An outdoor classroom for a Montessori school.
One thing people might not know about you? I have two brothers – they are both taller than me.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? I look like the “off the waffle” guy.
Favorite meal: Peanut butter (Adam’s crunchy), cheese (Tillamook medium cheddar), and bagels (whole wheat). Together.
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: To stay happy until I die.
A hobby you enjoy? Read on the beach.


Aziza Sullivan – Office (Communications)

Hometown: Vacaville, CA
College: Duke University
Degree: English + Journalism
Why did you join AmeriCorps? I am a hopeless idealist. Also, I love Habitat and San Francisco, but I’m not very good at hammering stuff. =(
What are you looking forward to the most: Getting better at hammering stuff (did you know there’s a ‘right’ way to do that?)!
Best thing you ever built before AmeriCorps: Snowman (w/ real snow, which is a big deal for a native Californian).
One thing people might not know about you? I really like Batman. I have a “battoo” and very little shame.
Famous person people say you look like? Or that you met? I met Maya Angelou once. It was pretty cool.
Favorite meal: Fish tacos and nectarines (but not at the same time).
Most ambitious thing on your bucket list: Making a bad*ss bucket list.
A hobby you enjoy? I sing a lot of showtunes when I’m home by myself. I love singing as much as my next door neighbors probably hate my singing.

We still can’t believe we scored all these great AmeriCorps, and we can’t wait to show them off to you!

Wait! What’s AmeriCorps?

We’re glad you asked!

AmeriCorps is a national service initiative that matches dedicated, hardworking volunteers with nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, and other public agencies every year. Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco is proud to partner with AmeriCorps in their mission to provide dynamic service opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Want to learn more about Habitat Greater San Francisco and AmeriCorps, or even apply to join this awesome team? Click here!

Why I Build – Kalimah, Volunteer

August 25, 2014  |  Leave a Comment

Why I Build is a blog series from Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco community members–volunteers, donors, staff, homeowners and more–about what we do, why we’re here, and why we build. Kalimah, a long time volunteer, shares the personal experiences that inspired her to dedicate a week each year of her life to Habitat for Humanity. 

Some years ago, I suddenly found myself a single mother of a two-year-old son, and pregnant with twins. As I prepared for maternity leave, I had to train my replacement at work, a man named Sam. I was not a happy person at the time. I was huge and hot and I really did not want to talk to people. But Sam wouldn’t leave me alone. Repeatedly, I was like, “can you please shut up!” I was horrible to him!

I gave birth to the twins early, and later there was a knock on my hospital door…there was Sam, who had only known me a week. And it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship, because he never left. To him, it was simple: “you’re alone and you need help, so I’m going to help you.”

Kalimah, left, with one of her twin daughters, Ananda, on Ananda's first volunteer day at Habitat Terrace

Sam helped enthusiastically, and it completely changed both my daily life and my self-worth. It changed the way I felt about myself and how I was going to live my life from that moment forward. We became best friends…he is still my best friend.

Ten years ago, Sam was struck while riding his motorbike and killed instantly. I was devastated. We were both 26 at the time, and in your 20s you don’t think people your age can die. His mother held a very small funeral service for Sam. She was on the Habitat for Humanity board of Albuquerque, and decided that in his memory, she would hold a week-long blitz build of two houses. It was incredible. She had just lost her son and she was pounding nails to honor him.

That was my first experience with Habitat for Humanity. We built a house for a single mother with three kids; she and I made an immediate connection. All of Sam’s friends were there together. We got to connect with the families who would live in the homes we built. When I came home, I made a promise to myself that I would give a week of my life to Habitat for Humanity every year in Sam’s memory. I’ve been building ever since.

Every time I step onto a Habitat for Humanity site, I am reminded of Sam’s spirit. When I build, it’s as though he’s with me again.

Learn more about Kalimah and her inspiring dedication to giving back at this year’s Framing the Future breakfast.

Why I Build – Meredyth, Project Manager

July 31, 2014  |  Leave a Comment

Why I Build is a blog series from Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco community members–volunteers, donors, staff, homeowners and more–about what we do, why we’re here, and why we build. Meredyth, a project manager on our real estate development team, recalls her a-ha moment that brought her to affordable housing, and eventually to Habitat. 

Meredyth volunteering at Habitat Terrace, December 2013. "I was 7+ months pregnant and lasted the whole day!"

I remember when I decided to pursue a career in affordable housing: as an undergraduate architecture student at the University of Minnesota, I was studying Pruitt-Igoe in an architectural theory class. It was learning about this failed 1950’s public housing development in St. Louis that spurred my decision to minor in Urban Studies, and that prompted my interest in housing.

In the years that have passed since receiving my college diploma, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand how development impacts a neighborhood, how cities make policy decisions about those impacts, how non-profits respond to availability of land and resources, and how low income residents navigate the process to rent or buy an affordable home.

As project manager at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, I am responsible for overseeing all aspects of the development process, including finding and purchasing the land to build on, getting the permits to build, designing the building, securing funding, and making sure it gets built on time and on budget. In this role, I lead teams to move projects from inception to completion.

My involvement with Habitat for Humanity began in college, with a summer internship in the volunteer department of the Twin Cities affiliate. I was drawn to the unique model that Habitat utilizes to deliver affordable homeownership opportunities to low income families. In the years that have passed since this formative experience, I have experienced the complicated political, financial and managerial tasks that make these inspiring and heartwarming stories possible.

Here at Habitat, and earlier in my career with another non-profit developer and an advocacy organization, I have seen the challenges that exist for organizations addressing this problem in a field that is wrought with arcane regulatory barriers and dwindling resources. Safe, affordable housing is a universal need, and   these obstacles can only be tackled with innovation and creativity, with new ways of looking at the problem and out-of-the-box thinking and solutions.

At Habitat Greater San Francisco, we pride ourselves on being an innovator in our field. From constructing complicated, multi-unit buildings with 85% volunteer labor (like at 7555 Mission) to responding to the area’s foreclosure crisis with our Neighborhood Revitalization Program, we strive to find new solutions to the persistent challenge of providing affordable homeownership opportunities in the Bay Area.

This is why I come to work every day. Habitat Greater San Francisco values innovation, and recognizes that only through new ways of doing things will we solve this region’s housing crisis.

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