Ten New LEED® Certified Habitat for Humanity Homes have been Completed in City of Lynwood

Partner Homeowners Receive Keys during Block Party Celebration & Prepare to Move in

Los Angeles, CA – May 19, 2011: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ (HFH GLA) newest neighborhood on Imperial Highway in the City of Lynwood is now complete and Habitat for Humanity Partner Homeowners will be moving in soon. On Saturday, May 14, 2011 a home dedication ceremony celebrated the completion of construction on the ten affordable, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certified homes, as well as the new hardworking, low-income partner homeowners and all of the dedicated partners who helped to build this community for nearly two years.  Many special guests were on hand for the event including CA State Assemblymember Ricardo Lara of the 50th District; Mayor of Lynwood Aide Castro; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) Yolanda Chavez; site sponsors and HFH GLA Board of Directors members.

“We were thrilled to celebrate the completion of the Imperial Highway Development in the City of Lynwood and thank all of our supporters for helping to make the dream of homeownership a reality for our partner homeowners,” said Erin Rank, President of HFH GLA. “These ten homes are a testament of everyone’s love and hard work and they will stand for years to come, as a part of a strong and vibrant community.”

New partner homeowners the Aguilar family, the Ayala family, the Carazzco family, the Heads family, the Ocampo family, the Osorio family, the Perez family, the Polanco family, the Ramirez family and the Velasquez family were emotional as they received the keys to the homes they all helped construct. The five duplex townhomes feature three bedrooms and two baths with on-site parking and a kid’s playground that was recently completed courtesy of Sprite Spark Parks.  As a requirement of homeownership, partner homeowners must invest up to 500 hours of “sweat equity” toward the building of their homes and their neighbors’ homes. They will also pay back a zero-interest rate Habitat for Humanity loan.

The Imperial Highway development would not be standing if it were not for HFH GLA’s generous sponsors and incredible volunteers. All ten homes represent the culmination of many memorable build day events like Power Women, Power Tools 2009 when hundreds of women framed the walls of the Imperial Highway homes and returned in 2010 to put up siding and drywall. Organizations like Sony and Toyota, individuals that include UFC Champion Chuck Lidell; the General Hospital cast, a host of other celebrities and even Yo Gabba Gabba and Disney characters have all been on-site to lend a hand. HFH GLA also had several site sponsors whose support ensured that each and every home in the Imperial Highway neighborhood exceeded expectations. These site sponsors include: Music for Relief, Mosaic, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, U.S. Bank, Power Women Power Tools, the House that General Hospital Fans Built, Youth United Change a Life Foundation and a host of in-kind sponsors.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles was also awarded funding through Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2); a term referring to NSP funds authorized under the Recovery Act of 2009. NSP2 funds were awarded to the organization to help stabilize communities hit hard by the foreclosure crisis. In partnership with The Lynwood Redevelopment Agency, HFH GLA has successfully used a portion of its NSP2 funding to build the first affordable, LEED certified homes in the City of Lynwood. These homes are built sustainably, which will significantly reduce utility expenses for partner homeowners. The homes feature energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, Energy StarÒ appliances, water efficient toilets and shower-heads, water filtration systems, sustainable and locally manufactured carpet, as well as native draught-tolerant landscaping.

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 690 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.

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Media Contacts:

Jo-An Turman

HFH GLA

T: 310-749-6613

jturman@www.habitatla.org

Angela Moore

Starfish P.R.

T: 310-429-8868

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