How We Build
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco uses the unique Habitat model, in which skilled staff work alongside volunteers and future homeowners to build safe, decent and affordable homes in the community. Since 1989, Habitat Greater San Francisco has built more than 150 homes in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Daly City, Brisbane, Novato, San Rafael, South San Francisco and San Francisco.
Currently, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco has 36 homes under construction in Daly City as part of its new condominium development at 7555 Mission Street, as well as homes in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park that are under renovation as part of our Neighborhood Revitalization Program.
Keeping Habitat Homes Affordable – It all starts with the land
The acquisition of land is one of our biggest issues. With home and land values in Marin, San Francisco and the Peninsula hovering among the highest in the state and country, finding affordable land on which to build Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco homes is a serious challenge.
Our real estate development team oversees the direction and long range planning of all housing developments. The team is charged with identifying sites suitable for development and creating solutions for acquiring property – whether through acquisitions or land donations from local cities, and partnerships with private developers. The real estate development team’s expertise is critical to navigating the lengthy process of entitlements and construction, including pre-construction, permit approvals, and procurement of grant funding, while working closely with community partners to ensure that the land is affordable. Key partners include cities that have initiated redevelopment programs for affordable housing as well as local for-profit developers who are interested in partnering with Habitat Greater San Francisco to fulfill their below market rate housing requirements.
We need your support to help us build decent, affordable homes. Learn more about volunteering and giving to Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.