Habitat for Humanity International’s Cars for Homes program Reaches $10 million Milestone Nationwide

More than $164,000 has helped Build Affordable Housing Locally

Los Angeles, CA – June 8, 2011Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program has distributed more than $10 million to Habitat affiliates nationwide.

The Cars for Homes program began in the state of Washington in November 2003 as a pilot program. In 2005, it was approved as a national program of Habitat for Humanity International. The Cars for Homes program was created specifically to assist Habitat affiliates by generating funding from the sale of donated vehicles. Revenue is distributed to affiliates based on the zip code of the donor.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) has received more than $164,700 in funding from the program, which has been used to help provide affordable housing options in partnership with local families and individuals.

“The Cars for Homes program is a wonderful source of funding for our affiliate,” says Erin Rank, President/CEO, HFH GLA.  “I am so grateful for the efforts of my staff; the support of local media to publicize the program; and for the generosity of local donors. This funding is helping us build and renovate even more homes for local families and individuals in need.”

Cars for Homes is Habitat for Humanity’s national vehicle donation program that provides donors a quick and easy process for donating cars, trucks, boats, RVs and other vehicles to help build homes in partnership with local low-income families in need of decent, affordable shelter.

More than 1,100 Habitat for Humanity affiliates nationwide and five Habitat for Humanity national offices around the world have received funding from the program.

“We are very pleased to have reached this major milestone with the Cars for Homes program,” said Marcia Rundle, the director of the program. “Thanks to our generous donors, Habitat affiliates have been able to use the funds earned from the recycling of used and idle vehicles to help address affordable housing needs in their communities.”

To learn more about Cars for Homes, go to http://www.habitat.org/carsforhomes.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build simple, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 700 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner. For more information, please visit http://www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at http://buildingagreaterla.blogspot.com.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit Habitat.org.

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Contact:

Jo-An Turman

HFH GLA

424-246-3175

jturman@www.habitatla.org

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