Home Ownership


Posted by Sylvia Bautista, Homeowner Relations Case Manager & Proud Habitat Homeowner: This week we celebrated World Habitat Day (WHD), a day set aside annually to recognize the basic right of all humanity to adequate shelter, and to encourage grassroots action toward ending poverty housing. For me it’s a day where words travel through social media, word of mouth, and people’s hearts about the importance of affordable housing. This year’s World Habitat Day was especially inspiring, since I had an opportunity to participate in six home dedications. Habitat LA staff and board members visited families and dedicated homes in the City of Long Beach. Through these dedications and home visits, I had the opportunity to see the true impact affordable housing has on families, children, and our community. Mr. Chanto, lives with his wife and two daughters in a beautiful Spanish style home. ...


What Does Home Mean To You?

Monday, October 6th is World Habitat Day! Today we are taking a moment to recognize the basic right of all of humanity to adequate shelter and help create awareness for those who go without. Giveback Homes is a trusted network of real estate professionals, dedicated to building homes with families in need. By simply choosing to work with a member of Giveback Homes, you’ll help build a home for a family in need. Pretty simple right?! A home is where you can smell your mom’s cooking, a home is where your dog greets you at the front door, a home is where you can put your feet on the furniture… A home can mean so many different things to people throughout the world. So today we’d like you to answer a simple question… What does a home mean to you? Share your thoughts ...


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.


We love our partner homeowners and it’s an honor to share their stories about how homeownership has enriched their family’s lives. On Saturday, June 7th 2014, we had the pleasure of attending the graduation ceremony for Maywood Academy High School for Tanya Silerio and Luis Delgado Jr., held at East Los Angeles College. Last March, the Silerio family received the keys to their new Habitat home and it was a day they had all been anticipating. They were overwhelmed with joy and started planning how to decorate long before moving in. This past weekend, The Silerios experienced another joyful moment as daughter, Tanya Silerio graduated from Maywood Academy High School. Luis Delgado Jr. also graduated from Maywood Academy High School this past weekend. The Delgado family  became Habitat partner homeowners this past year, after 15 years of renting a two-bedroom house. ...


Viven el sueño americano

Recently the Garcia family  was interviewed by La Opinion. They are one of our amazing and inspiring families who have paid off their mortgage. Martín y Carmela García nunca creyeron que tendrían su propia casa. Habitat for Humanity los ayudó a que se ese sueño se cumpliera. Hace 22 años, Martín se enteró del programa ofrecido por esta organización cristiana sin fines de lucro que le permitiría aspirar a convertirse en dueño de una casa. El programa ofrece una hipoteca, sin intereses, a los futuros propietarios, por lo que las mensualidades resultan económicas y cómodas de pagar. "Estamos muy felices y nos sentimos muy bendecidos. No tenemos manera de expresar como nos sentimos al tener nuestra propia casa", dijo Martín García. "No necesitamos ganarnos la lotería. ¡Ya la ganamos!", añade emocionado. A. Jo-An Turman, representante de la fundación, destacó que en los 24 años de fundada, Habitat for Humanity Los Ángeles ...


We want to thank Edison International for partnering with us to eliminate substandard housing since 1992 and for creating this beautiful video for us to share.  The Lopez family has been in their Habitat home for two years and they are thriving, as you will see.Related Posts:Edison Int'l Employees Lend a Helping HandGomes Family Receives Keys to their Habitat HomeThe Unforgettable Moment when a Family Receives their Keys


Here are some highlights from a beautiful day this summer when we celebrated the completion of 9 more Habitat homes in the city of Long Beach.   We are so proud to be building and renovating homes in partnership with the city where our affiliate started over 20 years ago. Congratulations to the amazing nine homeowners and families, you are the reason we do what we do.Related Posts:2012 Long Beach Home Dedications (video)Our Moment; A Habitat Homeowner's Personal StoryGomes Family Receives Keys to New Habitat Home


It was wonderful to be included once again in AEG’s Seasonof Giving celebration at L.A. Live! We are fortunate to partner with AEG throughout the year and are grateful for their continued support.  Every day ...


A Brush With Kindness Coming to Hawaiian Gardens

We here at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) are looking to help out residents of Hawaiian Gardens area with our A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) program. The ABWK program provides zero-cost home repairs for homeowners that are unable to make them on their own do to physical or financial limitations. The home repairs that ABWK provides consist of minor exterior repairs, landscaping, and or painting, and are performed by an all-volunteer workforce in just a few days. This program is a good alternative for residents who are currently enrolled in the city’s Beautification Program which has a five-year waiting list, as the home repairs for the ABWK program are scheduled to begin as soon as January.If you are a Hawaiian Gardens homeowner who struggles to maintain your home, due to age, disability or family circumstances, and are interested in learning more about ...


Inside the HFH Internship: My First ‘Good News Caravan’

On Thursday, March 11, I broke from my normal routine to leave at 5:15 and head home. I walked upstairs into a meeting room where eight families sat surrounded by my new co-workers. All of them were being told that they were embarking on a new lifestyle called homeownership.In the middle of a speech by HFH GLA President Erin G. Rank, a woman named Lety and her two daughters walked in, unaware of what the rest of the group had been told. The three of them sat down quietly in a corner of the room. I looked around for what was supposed to happen next. All of my new Habitat peers were still smiling. Should I remove the cheer from my face that started when Erin ...