History

Our History

Our mission is to build and sustain affordable homeownership opportunities for families in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. As we approach our 30th anniversary, it is a time we can look back with pride on the homes built and families served, and look ahead with anticipation at the work we can achieve together in future.

Our First Home: Beech Street, East Palo Alto

By the early 1990s, we had built five single family homes on Beech Street in East Palo Alto .

Funds were raised only after each single-family lot became available, a family was selected, and a volunteer supervision program was created. With these in place, funds were raised for materials, with the congregation of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church providing crucial support.

1996: Gloria Way, East Palo Alto

In response to the decision to build more, and more quickly, our first condominium complex was built at 2420-2484 Gloria Way in East Palo Alto. The first six homes were dedicated at a ceremony in July 1996, with a further 18 apartments being completed over the next two years.

2000-2010: Single family homes, townhomes and condominiums

The turn of the millennium was marked by eleven single family homes being completed across San Francisco and in Redwood City (our first homes there). In 2002, also in Redwood City, 36 homes were completed at Rolison Rd.

2004: A focus on San Francisco

2004 saw a return to condominium building, this time in the heart of San Francisco at 1009 Mission Street. This 5 story development was the tallest building we had ever built – and the first Habitat home with solar in the state. It was joined by a duplex in the Bayview district.

2005-2010: building homes at an increased pace

In 2005 7 townhomes were completed in Daly City, which heralded a drumbeat of 51 single family and townhomes being completed across San Mateo County (Brisbane, Daly City, South San Francisco, Menlo Park and Redwood City) and in San Francisco.

2013 to present

In 2010 7 single family homes were built at Whitney Young Circle in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood. And then early 2013 marked the completion of Habitat’s most ambitious project to date: the 36-home condominium complex at 7555 Mission Street in Daly City.

2017 saw the completion of two developments that could not be more different – each reflecting the needs of the neighborhood in which it was located: from low-density single-family homes in suburban Novato (Mt Burdell Place), to townhomes on the San Francisco/Daly City border (Habitat Terrace).

The Future

In the immediate future, Habitat will be finally breaking ground on its site in Redwood City, where 20 homes will be built, and its project in Daly City (which will feature 6 homes). In October 2018, Habitat held the first community meeting for a project built on donated land in the Diamond Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.