Building strength, stability, and self-reliance.

Habitat SLO County began building homes in 2003, and we have completed 17 homes from Cambria to Grover Beach. In autumn 2024 we will move nine families into new homes on Vine Street in Paso Robles. Our New Construction program is about bringing people together – donors, volunteers, and Partner Families – to build homes, community and hope in San Luis Obispo County.

We work to empower individuals and connect the community while creating safe, affordable housing for those in need.

We build in SLO County

2003 | Three homes built in Paso Robles

2005 | One House-in-a-Box
constructed for Hurricane Katrina survivors

2006 | One home built in Cambria

2009 | Four homes built in Atascadero

2010 | Four homes built in Grover Beach

2011 | Two homes built in San Luis Obispo

2013 | Three homes built in San Luis Obispo

2018 | Began permitting process for Paso Robles build

2023 | Broke ground on Paso Robles build project

Build local.

Our homes are designed by local firms, built under the leadership of local construction professionals who volunteer their time and expertise, and are constructed with materials often supplied by local businesses.

Build affordable.

We incorporate universal design features into every home and include energy efficient features such as solar electricity and low water-use fixtures and landscapes. These design features not only ensure our homes are accessible and safe, but also serve to lower utility costs for our homeowners while supporting Habitat’s commitment to green building.


Our work is possible thanks to the generous support of volunteers and donors who ensure the success of all our programs. We invite anyone committed to the vision that all people should have access to decent, affordable housing, and safe, healthy communities to support our work and BUILD WITH US!

Frequently Asked Questions | New Construction

How are Habitat homes built?

Habitat homes are typically built with wood-frame construction, Gypsum board interior walls, vinyl siding, and asphalt shingle roofs. These homes are modestly sized, and the design and features vary based on a variety of factors including lot size, permitting, or funding requirements. We incorporate energy efficient features into home including solar and low water-use fixtures that demonstrate Habitat’s commitment to green building. Whatever the features, Habitat homes are designed to meet our Partner Family’s needs while keeping costs as low and affordable as possible.

Habitat SLO County partners with local architects, engineers, builders, and businesses. Each home is built with a minimum 250 hours of sweat equity labor from the Partner Family, and volunteer labor from the community.

Do Habitat home-buyers get to choose their own contractors, appliances, fixtures, etc.?

Habitat homes are humble, decent homes built with affordability in mind. We rely on the generosity of volunteer and donor support in every aspect of the building process. Habitat home buyers are generally able to select certain elements and finishes in their home as part of the construction process. These details are described to the home-buyer during the application and construction process, and may vary by project.

Can I volunteer on one of your new construction projects?

Can I buy a Habitat home?

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