Home Ownership

12
Jun

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. ...

07
Jun

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 ...

10
Feb

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

07
Oct

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

07
Dec

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 ...

14
Oct

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 ...

22
Mar

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 ...

14
Dec

On December 11, we surprised Betty Monroy and her 3 children with the keys to her new Habitat home. She thought it was going to be a routine walk-thru with our construction team, but it turned into the first day in her new home. A home Betty built with her son and hundreds of volunteers, sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

14
Aug

Why We Do What We Do

All of the staff and volunteers at Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. are so passionate about what they do that they could probably go on for hours telling you about it, but if you really want to know why we do what we do in 1 minute - watch the video below! DaJuan Osborne never thought she would be able to own a home in Los Angeles, but on move-in day with all of the trunks to unload and all of the boxes scattered around her it finally started to sink in. If you think that homeownership in L.A. is not possible, give us a call and the chance to prove you wrong!

11
Dec

A Hand Up – Not a Hand Out

Habitat for Humanity has been partnering with hard-working families to create homeownership since 1976 and yet so many people still don't fully understand how we do this. Our name is very familiar and is actually one of the most recognized brands in the world, but we feel it's important to explain that we don't give away homes...we help people buy homes. Here's how it works.We call it a "hand up not a hand out" and that is exactly what it is. Our partner families meet these criteria for ownership:Currently living in sub-standard conditionsAbility to pay back a zero interest loan (our partner families total household income is less than the average median income)Willingness to put in at least 500 hours of "sweat equity" build ...