Build Houses with Habitat for Humanity

Construction has started on Habitat Terrace, Habitat Greater San Francisco's largest development in San Francisco and our first in the Oceanview neighborhood. At Habitat Terrace, we will build 28 detached single family homes (17 three-bedroom units and 11 two-bedroom units) on approximately 1 acre of land. This development will include many green building features, such as native species landscaping, tank-less water heaters and public car share spaces. All units will be GreenPoint rated through Build It Green.


Construction FAQ

download the waiver forms here.

Is there parking near the site?

Parking is extremely limited at the sites. Plan to arrive early to look for spaces. We recommend that you carpool whenever possible.

When should I arrive at the site?

Arrive at 8:30 in order to register. An orientation and a safety talk begin at 8:40, and work starts promptly at 9am. For safety reasons, we cannot allow anyone to come late; if you miss the safety talk, you will not be able to work on the site that day.

Can I come late/leave early?

The construction day is non-negotiable. We ask for a full-day commitment from all volunteers. When people show up late or leave early it makes it difficult for our supervisors to properly train volunteers or accomplish the construction goals for the day. Late arrivals may also cause delays in the start of safety instruction and task assignments. If you miss the safety talk, late arrivals will not be able to work on site that day.

What if I get injured?

We take the safety of our volunteers extremely seriously and pride ourselves on our safety record. Habitat Greater San Francisco staff and AmeriCorps are trained in First Aid and CPR and can attend to minor cuts and scrapes. Please notify staff of any pre-existing conditions and of any necessary precautions, such as a bee sting kit, inhaler, etc. We ask that all injuries, no matter how minor, be reported to the site manager. If a serious injury occurs, a staff person will assist you in getting emergency medical care.

It's raining! What do I do?

Construction can continue during rain showers, depending on the state of the site. Often we will have enough work to do indoors to continue working in inclement weather. To check on the status of the build day at a specific site, please call the number listed in the Volunteer Packet or on your confirmation email.

What should I wear?

Wear sturdy, closed toe shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty or ruined. Also be aware that much of the work is outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather, including wind, sun and/or fog.

What should I bring to the construction site?

First of all, bring a lunch and a water bottle. Habitat Greater San Francisco will provide the tools you will be using. You may bring your own hand tools if you like, but be sure to label them with your name. If you have your own work gloves or safety goggles you may want to bring them as well. Also, be sure to bring your own personal comfort items - sunscreen, a hat and layered clothing for weather changes. Please leave your valuables at home! There is no storage space at the site.

When is lunch? Are there restaurants/shops nearby?

Lunch is from 12:00 -1:00pm. There are places to eat nearby, but it is recommended that you bring your own lunch.

What can I expect to do when I work on the site?

Upon arrival, volunteers must sign the Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liabilities Form. After signing in, volunteers will receive safety instruction and work assignments from the site supervisor. You will be asked to perform the same task for the duration of the day, in order to maximize productivity.

A typical workday schedule:
8:30-8:45 Volunteer sign-in
8:45-9:00 Orientation, safety overview and task assignments
9:00-12:00 Workday tasks
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-4:00 Workday tasks
4:00-4:15 Cleanup

How many people can work on site?

The optimal number of site volunteers depends on the site and the work plan for the day. Each site has different capacities but there can be as few as four or as many as 120 volunteers each day. The safety and adequate supervision of our volunteers is extremely important to us, and our construction crew determines the number of volunteers we have on our sites.

Is there a fee for individuals to volunteer on a construction site?

We do not require a fee from individual volunteers. However, we encourage all volunteers to help with Habitat Greater San Francisco's fundraising efforts by participating in any way you can.

What else should I know?

Smoking, alcohol, and radios are not allowed on the site. We also ask that you do not use cell phones on the construction site as they are distracting and can cause a safety hazard.

Throughout Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties, Habitat GSF works in partnership with neighborhoods that have their own unique identity and in many cases their own unique challenges. We encourage and ask all of our volunteers to embrace our community partners and neighbors as you build with us on site. As you work with us, please remember to remain mindful of your environment and utilize sound judgment at all times. If you have any concerns or questions, please communicate with the staff and AmeriCorps members working on the site.

Why do I have to sign the Volunteer Waiver?

Everyone must sign the Volunteer Agreement, Assumption of Risk, and Release Liability Form each workday before they are allowed to begin work. Habitat Greater San Francisco is required to have a record of your participation for legal, insurance and statistical purposes.



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  • Catherine D.

    I did attend yesterday but showed up at 8:45 and didn't recognize anyone. We worked with Bobs crew measuring wood and hammering top wood. Will post pics later if you need some:)

    January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be driving from the walnut creek area if anyone needs a ride.

    December 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      @elizabeth no worries, hope you feel better.

      @Hary I should have room for you. Just let me know where to pick you up.

      January 3, 2014

    • Harry N.

      Perfect, thanks. I am at 300 Berry st (1 block from 5th and King). Let me know a tentative time and my # is two06-55two-812one. cheers

      January 3, 2014

  • Carlos N.

    im so sorry , something came up and i cant make it, but i promise i will next time,,

    January 3, 2014

  • maya

    Great way to start the new year, looking forward!

    January 3, 2014

  • Zohal

    Can I bring someone with me (who would help obviously)?

    January 3, 2014

  • Harry N.

    I will be up for this if a spot opens up. In that case, I can drive or carpool from SoMa or around:)

    January 3, 2014

  • Maisy

    if u can make it to glen park bart station, I can pick u up and then drop u back off afterward. my husband is dropping me at the work site and we have room for a couple more folks.

    December 31, 2013

    • Naina G.

      Hi Maisy, Liem will be able to pick me up from Oakland so I will carpool with him. Thank you for offering though! I will see you at the site! :)

      January 2, 2014

    • Maisy

      ok, then. see u there.

      January 3, 2014

  • Catherine D.

    We have room in our car for 2:) we live in Inner Richmond, so let me know asap and ill send you my number.

    December 31, 2013

    • Catherine D.

      Do you still need a ride?

      January 1, 2014

    • Naina G.

      Hi Catherine. I should be able to get there with Liem. Thanks for the offer though. See you there!

      January 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will anyone be carpooling to the work site? We live in Pacific Heights but have no car. It looks like we'd need to get to the underground Muni and take the M out there which is a bit over an hour of commuting each way. Would appreciate any assistance on getting a ride out there instead!

    1 · December 29, 2013

    • Naina G.

      Hi! Is there space for one more? I will be coming by BART from Berkeley to SF so it would be helpful if I could join a carpool from there. I would help with the gas as well.

      December 31, 2013

    • Sofiak

      Hi Gabriela, I got your message, I already text you, thanks .

      December 31, 2013

  • Czar Y.

    Sorry I have to cancel. Family emergency.

    December 26, 2013

  • Karen K.

    I'm on permanent disability and probably won't be able to do much physically, but I've always been interested in participating in any other way I can. I love this organization! I would understand if my space needs to be taken for someone else. Thanks!

    December 16, 2013

  • Lynn E.

    I am very interested in this project but will be out of town on Jan 4. Will you have additional work days? I am available during the week as well as on weekends.

    December 16, 2013

  • maya

    Great way to start the new year, looking forward!

    December 16, 2013

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