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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Housing Rehabilitation

Mission: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles has a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Results: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles has built over 1300 homes to date in Greater Los Angeles and around the world. We operate two succesful retail stores in Torrance and Bellflower 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: over 75 homeowners

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County

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. 

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been building with Habitat for 20 years across the country with my company and have always believed that it is a great way to give back and to give people a "hand up" versus a hand out. Our employees enjoy spending the day learning new skills, working with new people and meeting future homeowners. They are always surprised at how great the need is in our communities for affordable housing and the impact that Habitat has on the future homeowners and their futures. Helping people to afford a safe and quality place to live leads to great things for the "partner families" and is rewarding for all those involved in the process. Habitat LA has a great team of people that really care and do great work. We are lucky to have them.

Catherine B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My team and I had a great experience working with Habitat for Humanity LA. They were organized, friendly and great to work with. Our team had an incredible experience working with them to build 4 homes for the community of Long Beach. We look forward to partnering with them on another build day in the future!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enjoy shopping at their ReStores. There are always new treasures for our home improvement projects and the prices are deeply discounted. I like that all the funds go to build homes for families that need them in my area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love getting my hands dirty! H4H is the perfect org for that. I love working with H4H!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

ThatPRChick

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar