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.
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 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.