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Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay welcomes homeowners and dedicates their 60th home!

Updated: Oct 3, 2022

Amber, Leo, and Luke Politte Eurek and Isaac Hinds Habitat gets proclamation

receiving their keys receiving their keys from City of Santa Cruz

On a sunny afternoon, September 29, 2022, the community celebrated Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay’s newest homeowners at Rodeo Creek Court, Habitat's 11-home development in Live Oak. Rodeo Creek Court is now half way complete, with the 5th and 6th homeowners getting ready to move in!

Volunteers, local businesses, generous donors and homeowners (who each put 500 hours of “sweat equity” into building their homes) helped make this dream come true for two families. It was a special day for the Hinds and Julien/Politte families.

Eurek Hinds, a disabled Navy veteran, lives in Santa Cruz with his 9-year-old son, Isaac. He loves the small town feel and he says that owning a home where he lives, works, and volunteers is a dream come true. He is excited to build roots here.

Luke and Amber are thrilled to move into Rodeo Creek Court where their son, Leo, already has friends. He can walk next door to play! They lost their rental property in the CZU fire and were not sure if they were going to be able to stay in Santa Cruz, but now Amber can ride her bike to work, and Luke says, "It's always been a dream to build my own home and doing it with Habitat is really special."

In addition to the already joyous occasion, in honor of completing our 60th home, Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay was honored with a proclamation from the City of Santa Cruz designating September 29 "Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay Day". Thank you, Mayor Sonja Brunner for the warm words!

Mayor Sonja Brunner with Habitat staff and Board of Directors

This project has been financed in part through partnerships with the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, donations from individuals, gifts-in-kind from corporate partners, and an award from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The homes are restricted to families earning between 50-80% of the area median income. Each prospective owner must meet income, citizenship, and housing requirements. Two of the homes are ADA-compliant, providing homes for those with a permanent physical or mental disability.

Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz County is an independent locally operated and funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Our mission is to build affordable, decent homes and provide home ownership opportunities to qualified families who live and work in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

Click this link to read the Sentinel front page article about the event!

Click the link below to watch ABC/KSBW's coverage of the event.

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