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. 


Want to Volunteer?

Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County is currently seeking volunteers for this project!

Thanks to the recent sunshine, we have an urgent need for volunteers to help get our Sonoma Wildfire Cottages ready for move-in for fire survivor families!

When: Now through June, shifts available Monday to Saturday
Where: 3593 Round Barn Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
What: Sonoma Wildfire Cottages
Who: No experience required! Just a positive attitude (and closed-toe shoes).

What will you do?
➡ Building foundation forms (a good hammer & nail project)
➡ Painting beams
➡ Backfilling foundations (moving soil back around the foundation)