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About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to build decent, affordable homes and provide home ownership opportunities to qualified families who live and work in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

OUr Vision

Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Who We Are

Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay is an independent locally operated and funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

What We've Built

Together, our volunteers and families have built 62 homes, with further plans extending through the foreseeable future.

How it works

Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program. Families purchase our homes with a down payment, sweat equity, and an affordable mortgage. Habitat homeowners will pay no more than 30% of their income on housing costs. 

Homeowner families are chosen according to their need, their ability to repay a mortgage loan, and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat. Each Habitat homeowner contributes 500 hours in sweat equity towards the construction of a Habitat home.

Who Can Be Involved

Everyone! Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay has an open-door policy. All who believe in decent affordable places to live for everyone are welcome to help with our work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or political views. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds, and we serve the same.

As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith. Our members, volunteers, and supporters are linked simply by the common belief in decent housing for everyone.

Who it Benefits

Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay is a community-based organization, and we strive to make a positive impact for as many people as possible.

There is more to our program than just providing affordable homeownership for low and very low-income families. Partner families attend workshops on budgeting and financial management. Our partner families acquire skills and knowledge that will enable them to establish a foundation upon which they can gain economic stability and build a brighter future for their children. 

Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds with a massive variety of skills. Anyone can come and put decades of knowledge to work building affordable housing or come in with no experience and learn how to construct a home from the ground up.

Habitat homes cannot be sold for a profit, and should the homeowners wish to move, will be sold back to the organization at mortgage value, where they will be fixed up and remain affordable housing. Every home we build helps keep the Monterey Bay region a place where working class people can continue to raise their families.

Our ReStores in Seaside and Watsonville accept donations of gently used furniture and building materials, keeping them out of landfills, and then sell them at affordable prices. All profits from the ReStores fund our building projects.

How You can help

Our volunteers are true heroes of affordable housing in Santa Cruz County and Monterey County. If you are interested in volunteering (no experience required!) check out our volunteer page, or email

We rely on your generous donations to keep our organization funded and operational. Every little bit has a real and lasting effect, so check out our donation options here.

Board Of Directors


Doug Yount

Vice Chairperson

Kathy Arola


Kevin Donnelly

David Torres 

Doug Mahone

Board of Directors

Delmy Cardoza

Ricardo de la Cruz

Kendra Howell

Gabe Sanders

Maxwell Sinclair

Kelly Stracke

Mark Thomas


Chief Executive Officer

Satish Rishi

Director of Operations
Catherine Wylie

Director of ReStores

Nick Kite

Office Manager
Marife Magno

Director of Resource Development

Lyndsey Marks

Director of Finance and HR

David Tausheck

Volunteer and Event Manager
Allie Wilson

Construction Manager

Dylan Childs

Construction Manager

Keaton Port Gaarn

Construction Associate

Sal Dibiasi


Habitat for Humanity
Monterey Bay
Board of Directors Meeting
Fourth Wednesday of each month.

Nonprofit status

Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Tax ID# 77-0206356.

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