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.
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.