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In honor of World Habitat Day on October 6th, we invited some of our partner homeowners to share their stories about homeownership.  It is because of these wonderful families we do what we do and it's because of our volunteers and supporters we are able to do it.  Thank you. Angelica Cortez-Hernandez Lynwood, CA Homeownership is important to my family and me because it has given us a home we can now call our own. My sister and I began working at early ages so that we could help with rent, utility bills, food and so forth. Even though we all worked, it was never enough to save towards a 15%-20% home down payment. Sometimes owning a home seemed impossible but then our mom would say “no se preucupen, con ganas todo se puede en este mundo,” which translates to “don’t worry, anything is ...


Monday, October 6, 2014 is World Habitat Day and you may be asking yourself, “What is World Habitat Day?” World Habitat Day is a day dedicated to recognizing the basic need for decent and affordable housing in a world where it is lacking for so many. This annual recognition began in 1985 when The United Nations General Assembly declared that the first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day. World Habitat Day is a day of grassroots action and education on why housing is so important. At Habitat LA, we know that housing is the foundation for so many more important things in life like education, employment, physical and mental health. We want you, however, to hear this firsthand from a partner homeowner, a teacher and someone who has built with us overseas. This is why in the coming days we plan on using our blog to explore multiple perspectives ...


Giveback Homes is 365 Days Strong!

Today Giveback Homes is celebrating 365 days of building homes for those in need. Giveback Homes is a trusted network of real estate professionals dedicated to helping build homes for hardworking, families in need. In return they provide their members with a unique set of marketing tools to help them differentiate themselves within the real estate industry, and essentially grow their business. In the past 12 months, the company has raised $100,000 in donations from local Realtors and has helped to build homes in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Nicaragua. “It’s incredibly exciting to see the transformation Giveback Homes has gone through in the past year,” says Giveback Homes founder Blake Andrews. “In just 12 months we’ve been able to help 21 hardworking, families change their lives and move into homes of their own. And, for our members it’s about more than houses because Giveback Homes provides a way for real estate ...


Come to our Bellflower ReStore grand opening event to get special deals on used home appliances and previously used building materials. All products in our Bellflower California ReStore have been specifically setup to offer you the best furnishings at prices you will find no other place. Come and browse for free, you may get inspiration for your next exciting building project. If you have a large project you need help with, you can get special home deconstruction services that can clear out your old fixtures to make way for your brand new installation.


Did you know we have volunteer opportunities other than building homes? Our Event Support Volunteers help to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope! If you would like to help Habitat for Humanity during an upcoming house build event in the Los Angeles area, please sign up here. We are so proud to work with a group of giving and talented people, and none of our home builds would get finished without your generous support and help. Thank you for volunteering on our Los Angeles housing projects, we are so proud of the work you have done.


Last Week, Veza founder Brandon Michaels took his first trip to visit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ (Habitat LA) home build site in Long Beach, California. Veza’s collaboration with Habitat LA really started to have meaning after Brandon’s on-site visit to the current Habitat LA home in production. Brandon had an opportunity to spend a day, on location, and get a whole new meaning of partnership as he dug, sawed, mixed and nailed under the hot August sun. Being a part of the action gave Brandon and Veza an entirely new perspective on collaboration as they turned in their formal attire for sneakers and spent an entire day learning how Habitat LA makes such an impact. Later that day, Brandon had the opportunity to meet and build with Miguel, a member of the family ...


The 10th Annual “Power Women Power Tools” event was held Saturday, June 21, 2014 in the City of Lynwood. I had the privilege to work alongside strong women from different backgrounds. As we worked together to build the remaining 4 townhouses, I felt an extreme joy to know that soon my fellow Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles homeowner applicants would each have the opportunity to be homeowners of a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom townhouse. As a homeowner applicant, I look forward to continuing to build homes, and one day look forward to owning my own home. I thank Habitat LA for allowing me to participate in this PWPT event and I look forward to next year’s event.


Blog post shared by Bank of America Student Leader and Habitat LA Intern, Neemat Abdusemed: I am currently a high school student entering my senior year at Hawthorne Math and Science Academy. I was looking for any internship to occupy my summer and help me attain some work experience. A friend told me about the Bank of America Student Leadership program, stating that her sister did it and had a wonderful experience. I did some research on the internship and instantly became intrigued. I applied and was overjoyed to receive an acceptance notice. It was exciting to know that Bank of America shared an interest in investing in my future. Being an eight-week paid internship, Bank of America chose my local non-profit organization: Habitat for Humanity for Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA). As ...


Posted by guest blogger: Roxana Sanchez Somewhere in the swirl of senior year, a former teacher turned mentor, posted a link on my Facebook wall. The link read: Bank of America Student Leaders Program. Though Bank of America was on my radar, I didn’t know they performed other functions outside of banking. In the Student Leaders Program, Bank of America sponsors students who are involved in their communities, to work an 8-week paid internship at a local non-profit. Also as part of the internship, Student Leaders are required to participate in an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for a week-long leadership summit. So in January 2014, I submitted my application and continued on with my life. Months after, when I least expected, I got an email from Bank of America congratulating me. A few days later I was informed of ...


We are so thrilled to partner with Southern California Edison to build homes and this week they took their support to a new level by donating more than 200 framed pieces of art to our Los Angeles ReStores. The artwork is available for purchase in our local ReStores in Gardena and Norwalk.  Thank you SCE for your generous support! Visit us for Restore hours and learn how you can donate furniture and other items to be put back into homes in the local Southern California community. Related Posts: New ReStore Blog Showcases Treasures and DIY Projects