Sonoma Wildfire Cottage Initiative

After Hurricane Katrina, Habitat for Humanity created a program for replacing damaged or destroyed homes. With the assistance of hardware stores and volunteers in the community, Habitat laid out a house, framed it, took it apart, and put it into sea crates; along with wallboard, tape, tools, and mudding material. These quick-build cottages were trucked at no cost to affected areas and erected within two days.   


Who: Marianne Cusato, renowned Katrina Cottage developer and designer of Cypress Community Development Corporation in partnership with Habitat and Rebuild Wine Country

What: On June 4, 2018, Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County announced the launch of The Sonoma County Wildfire Cottage Initiative, a pilot program of temporary cottages designed to test and learn from the construction industry's most innovative building technologies. Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County will build between 8 and 10 temporary cottages for families who lost their homes directly or indirectly due to the October 2017 wildfires. 

When: Construction on the cottages is expected to begin in the summer of 2018 and the anticipated date for occupancy late fall and early winter of 2018.

Where: Medtronic is donating use of land to Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County. 

Why: The cottages built on Medtronic's land will be designed as efficient, cost effective, timely, and volutneer-friendly solutions for long-term affordable and workforce housing in Sonoma County. 

How: YOUR help. Your dollars and commitment to our efforts are coming to fruition.