History

Our History

Since our founding in 1990, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) has built and renovated more than 450 homes locally.

Habitat LA helps to build affordable housing in 112 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County, including 70 communities within the City of Los Angeles.

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1990 Habitat for Humanity South Bay/Long Beach affiliate founded by David and Diane Reed. Ricardo and Martha Gonzalez buy the first home in Long Beach.
1991 Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles affiliates are founded. One of the first homes built in those areas was for the Muniz family in the city of Compton.
1995 HFH Los Angeles hosted the Jimmy Carter Work Project. More than 1500 volunteers from 39 states and five countries built 21 homes in the city of Watts during one week as a message of healing after the civil unrest in South L.A.
1997 HFH South Bay/Long Beach hosted a week-long Church of the Brethren Blitz Build in Long Beach in conjunction with the church’s national conference.
2000 Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity (HFHFH) was established and kicked off with a 20-house blitz build in Wilmington, CA. Celebrity participants included Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Bo Derek and Maria Shriver. HFH South Bay/Long Beach is awarded with its first Clarence Jordan Award for Creativity and Innovation by Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI).
2001 HFH South Bay/Long Beach recognized for “Most Homes Built in the Region” and its second Clarence Jordan Award for Creativity and Innovation by Habitat for Humanity International. The affiliate partnered with the entertainment industry to complete a home in the City of Long Beach in 16 days.
2003 HFH South Bay/Long Beach raises over $300,000 through a benefit concert with Music for Relief, Linkin Park and No Doubt for Tsunami victims in Southeast Asia. HFH partners with famed music producer Quincy Jones to travel from Los Angeles to South Africa with the “From South Central to South Africa” group which included several disadvantaged inner-city young people contributing to social change in their communities. The partnership not only provided volunteer power to build three houses, but also provided funding for an additional 25 to be built in the township of Orange Farm, South Africa
2004 “Six Homes in Six Weeks” build in Long Beach. Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity’s first Power Women Power Tools ™ build. First Home Improvement Store opens in Gardena.
2005 Three Los Angeles affiliates merged to make Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles; serving 112 cities and unincorporated areas in LA.  Habitat LA partners with NBC’s Today show for the Operation Home Delivery program to build house frames for the victims of Hurricanes Rita & Katrina along the Gulf region. Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity held their Fall Build, building with stars of WB and other entertainment industry partners.
2006 Habitat LA completes 16 condominium style homes are completed in Harbor Gateway. Habitat LA built frames of an additional 10 homes through the Operation Home Delivery project and raised over $1.5 million to aid the local gulf region affiliates in their disaster relief efforts.
2007 Habitat LA hosts the Jimmy Carter Work Project with over 3,000 volunteers from around the world. 30 new homes built in LA and San Pedro and 70 homes renovated through the A Brush with Kindness Program, which was first launched during this build event. The 30 new homes built marked the first ever Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – certified homes built by the affiliate. Habitat LA kicks off its “Building a Greater Los Angeles” campaign.
2008 Habitat LA gala event honors Governor Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, Hon. Henry Cisneros, Ed Begley, Jr., and Citibank for their commitment and support. Habitat LA opens its Housing Center for Excellence in Carson.
2009 Power Women Power Tools fifth anniversary. Habitat LA awarded its third Clarence Jordan Award for Creativity and Innovation for the Nickels for Nails program by HFHI. Habitat LA awarded “Outstanding Nonprofit” by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce.
2010 Habitat LA celebrates its 20th anniversary as an affiliate and Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity celebrates its 10th anniversary helping families in need. Habitat LA opens our second ReStore in the city of Norwalk. Habitat LA partners with Wisin Y Yandel to raise funds for 14 affiliates. Habitat LA partnered with the nationwide Yo Gabba Gabba Tour, which raised nearly $240,000 through ticket sales and shared proceeds with 53 other affiliates. Habitat LA was awarded over $33 million in funding from HUD for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) to build and rehabilitate homes in the cities of Long Beach, South Gate and Lynwood over the next three years. Habitat LA receives LEED-Silver Certification for new home projects in Downey and plans to finish 10 LEED certified homes in Lynwood and begin work on three homes in Long Beach.