Frequently Asked Questions
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles works in partnership with God, the community, and people in need by building and renovating homes to make affordable home ownership a matter of conscience and action.
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller and is headquartered in Americus, Georgia.
The Greater Los Angeles affiliate of HFH was founded in 1990. Affiliates are local 501(c)(3) organizations of HFHI that direct house-building work in their own communities.
There are 1,500 US affiliates in all 50 states, as well as affiliates in more than 70 countries. Since 1976 HFHI has help built over 800,000 affordable homes and served more than 4 million people around the world.
Habitat LA has built and rehabilitated more than 900 homes locally and around the world for families and individuals. Affiliates raise their own funds to build homes.
Where does Habitat LA build?
The service area of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles encompasses a nearly 900 square-mile roughly bounded by the Ventura County line on the west, Mullholland Drive, Interstates 101 and 60 on the north, San Pedro and the Pacific Ocean beyond on the south, and the Orange county line on the east.
This vast geographic area comprises 182 distinct urban and suburban communities: 51 cities including the City of Los Angeles ; 70 communities within the City of Los Angeles ; and 61 unincorporated areas in the County of Los Angeles.
Who controls and manages Habitat LA?
Each affiliate is an independently governed entity. Habitat LA has a Board of Directors (all volunteers) who conduct fundraising and set policy. In addition, Habitat LA has a full time professional staff to manage the daily operations of the affiliate.
How does it work?
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat LA builds and renovates simple, sustainable and affordable homes with the help of the homeowner (partner) families and individuals. Habitat for Humanity (HFH) houses are sold to the partner homeowners at no profit and financed with affordable, no-interest loans.
A “Hand-Up” not a “Hand-Out”
HFH is not a give-away program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, first-time homeowners who meet the selection criteria of the Homeowner Relations Committee invest up to 500 hours of their own labor (“sweat equity”) into the building of their homes.
How does Habitat for Humanity work with the Government?
HFH does accept government funds for the acquisition of land or houses in need of rehabilitation. HFH also accepts government funds for streets, utilities and administrative expenses. HFH is a non-profit Christian housing ministry, not a government organization.
How does HFH Fund its Building and Program Activity?
Habitat LA invites individuals, corporations, foundations, religious congregations or other organizations to “adopt” or sponsor a HFH home or part of one. Through this partnership, sponsors supply funds to cover material and construction costs, permit fees and taxes.
They also provide volunteers to work with the homeowners and skilled construction workers in the construction of the houses. Each affiliate raises its own funds to build houses. Affiliates also tithe a portion of unrestricted funds to HFHI to support the construction of homes around the world.
Who can build?
Anyone over the age of 16 can build at an Habitat LA construction site. No previous construction skill is required. Volunteers are scheduled for construction, committee and office needs through our Volunteer Page.
Is Habitat for Humanity a Christian organization?
HFH is an ecumenical Christian organization that does not identify with any one church or denomination. HFH partners with all individuals, who have put aside their differences to work together towards a common goal.