Founded in 1988, Habitat for Humanity East Bay was formed as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Our mission is to create successful homeownership opportunities for families with limited incomes by building sustainable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods.
The Affordable Housing Need
Despite the crash in real estate prices across the country, the San Francisco Bay Area continues to be one of the most expensive and least affordable housing markets in the United States. Fewer than 40% of East Bay families can afford to purchase a home.
For hard-working families whose earnings place them in the low to very-low income classification, finding a decent, affordable place to live in the San Francisco Bay Area is an extremely difficult, if not impossible task.
Who Habitat Serves
Over the past 20 years Habitat for Humanity East Bay has served 300 low and very-low income families in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties by providing affordable homeownership opportunities to low-income families who meet three criteria:
- Earn an income between 40%-80% of area median income, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Have a need for housing.
- Are willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity and contribute 500 sweat equity hours to the construction of their own home, or their neighbor’s home.
Based on these criteria our volunteer-based Family Selection Committee recommends families that will work to build a community of active homeowners.
The information above can be found on the official website of Habitat for Humanity – East Bay. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website: http://www.habitateb.org