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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EIN 33-0416470
310-323-4663
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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  

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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