Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Economic Development

Location: 17700 S. Figueroa St. Gardena CA 90248 USA

Mission: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles builds and renovates homes in partnership with God and people everywhere with a goal of eliminating substandard housing by making decent, affordable housing a matter of conscience and action in our communities. 
Results: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles has built nearly 700 homes to date in Greater Los Angeles and around the world. We operate two succesful retail stores in Gardena and Norwalk which sell home improvement materials to the public. Proceeds from the store support our work. We are currently building in multiple cities and engage over 10,000 volunteers each year.
Target demographics: Habitat for Humanity seeks to partner with hard working individuals and families who demonstrate the need for better shelter.
Direct beneficiaries per year: up to 75 homeowners
Programs: HFH GLA's A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) program provides exterior home repairs free of charge to qualifying low-income homeowners.  Repairs can include painting, landscaping and other minor repairs.  Interested homeowners must demonstrate proof of ownership, residency in the Greater LA region and financial need.  This program is targeted towards low-income households earning less than 80% of area median income. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization. Very dedicated staff and volunteer board. Very efficient with resources ($) in providing high quality housing to low income families

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a consultant and executive coach, it has been my privilege to work with the Habitat for over eight years in different capacities as a professional. The agency staff and board are tireless in their commitment toward providing housing for families in need. Every individual within the agency has a genuine passion for the mission and goes "above and beyond: in their efforts to provide a quality home for as many families as possible. I am honored to work with such a dedicated and committed organization

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through my interaction as an executive coach for the team

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure that Habitat has an opportunity to provide homes for even more families in need

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Rating: 5 stars  

My friends and I liked volunteering becasue we know the money Habitat gets from the store helps them build more homes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I volunteered in the Home Store with some friends from school. We unpacked and cleaned items that were donated by a movie studio. We priced the items and put them out for sale. There were lamps, furniture, plates and all kinds of decorations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

let more people know they should shop here.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer with Habitat of Greater L.A. since 2004 and I love to brag about my involvement. Their staff is made up mostly by volunteers turned staff, including their President/CEO. I take pride in my work with them and hold dear in my heart the families I've built with and for, as well as the hundreds of other volunteers I've met and who've also touched me. I can go on and on but we may run out of bandwidth. I build. I smile.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Breaking ground...building homes...celebrating families moving into their new homes. I've also seen homes built and crated and shipped to Gulf areas hit hard by Katrina and Rita within weeks of the devastation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them get a tv show so everyone could experience their work and learn how truly remarkable their business model is.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have always been aware of Habitat for Humanity's work, but it was not until I started working and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles that I truly understood the importance and impact of this organization. For the board, staff and volunteers at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles it is all about the families. Every fundraiser, build day, event, press release, partnership, tweet and facebook post has intention behind it - to make affordable housing a matter of conscience and action for hardworking families in Los Angeles. Over the past couple of years I have seen a new ReStore open, environmental sustainability become a priority and a number of lives changed. With more funding and more advocacy, I truly believe that the sky is the limit for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles has the ability to bring together staff, volunteers, donors, partners, city governments, etc. to make a tangible difference in greater Los Angeles.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure that their work is understood by more people. A lot of people have misconceptions about the organization; that it was started by President Carter and that the homes are given away. In actuality President Carter is just its most famous volunteer and partner homeowners must contribute sweat equity, make a manageable down payment and pay back a zero-interest mortgage.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our company has volunteered with Greater Los Angeles Habitat for Humanity for the past decade. We have always had an amazing experience both as a team building activity and an opportunity to give back to the community. The staff at Habitat is very responsive to our needs and is always available to answer any questions. This is the reason we keep coming back to help build houses! I highly recommend Greater Los Angeles Habitat for Humanity to companies in the LA County who are looking for a rewarding hands on experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We have watched the effectiveness of Greater Los Angeles Habitat for Humanity to serve the needs of those seeking affordable housing in LA County.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There would be more available land for the organization to build additional housing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have shopped at the Habitat for Humanity store in Gardena and have found some great deals for my home. they have windows, doors, lights tile and really cheap! Made my bathroom remodel affordable. They get lots of items from sets from the movie studios too.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

good prices

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

Habitat for Humanity is one of the best nonprofits out there. I support their work because it is not a give-away program. Families have to contribute hours in the construction of their homes. Then they repay a loan to Habitat which is used to build more homes. Talk about stretching your dollars for lasting impact! I encourage others to join in support of the cause.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my donation in action in the construction of homes in my area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see them build even more homes.

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10 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered and donated to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles since 1998. This is one of the few organizations where you can see your donation in action. Funds help buy building materials and volunteers work alongside the future homeowners to build the homes. I also like that this is not a give-away program...the families pay back a mortgage to Habitat after moving in and those funds help build more homes. Your dollar goes a long way with them!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Since I have been a volunteer they have helped over 300 families in the Los Angeles area have a better place to live.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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