City of Downey, Partnership Housing and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to Build Six Homes Together

Kickoff Event to Take Place Monday, May 16

City of Downey Partnership With Habitat LALos Angeles, CA (May 12, 2016) – The City of Downey, Partnership Housing and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) are partnering on a new community that will bring six affordable homeownership opportunities to the city. The kickoff celebration will take place on Monday, May 16th from 10:00am – 11:00am.

“We are very proud and honored to be back in the City of Downey to serve more families,” says Erin Rank, President and CEO of Habitat LA and Executive Director of Partnership Housing. “In the coming months, we will have many ways for local residents, businesses and community organizations to support this project by donating funds, volunteering, as well as promoting or applying for homeownership opportunities.”

This project will make owning a two-story townhome with three bedrooms and two bathrooms affordable for low-income, hardworking families and individuals. Each unit will also include a number of green features such as; drought tolerant landscaping, energy efficient heating systems, insulation made from recycled content, low-flow plumbing fixtures and solar ready systems.

“We are excited to partner up with agencies such as Habitat for Humanity and Partnership Housing to provide members of our community an opportunity to become homeowners,” said Mayor Alex Saab.  “Downey is proud to be part of a project that encourages homeownership for hardworking families and individuals, and we look forward to the construction and completion of these homes in our community.”

Learn more about becoming a Habitat LA homeowner by attending an upcoming information session

 May 21– St Marks Church, 10354 Downey Ave. Downey, CA 90241

English and Spanish Information Session 9:00 am-10:15 am and English and Spanish Information Session 10:30 am-11:45 am

May 31– Barbara J. Riley Community Center, 7810 Quill Drive Downey, CA 90242

English session 6:30-7:45pm, Spanish session 7:45pm-9:00pm

June 8– St. Raymond’s Church, 12348 Paramount Ave. Downey, CA 90242

English session 6:30-7:45pm, Spanish session 7:45pm-9:00pm

Partnership Housing and Habitat LA are seeking applicants who are low income, but able to make affordable monthly mortgage payments. Mortgage payments made by partners in the program contribute to funding for future builds, in turn empowering more families and individuals to realize their dreams of homeownership. Partner homebuyers must also contribute 500 hours of sweat equity building their homes and volunteering with Habitat LA.

This project is part of Habitat LA’s Building a Greater Los Angeles campaign with a goal to invest $100 million by 2020 into revitalizing neighborhoods and increasing access to affordable homeownership opportunities. This investment will also help strengthen the local economy, creating healthier and more affordable homes for hardworking families and individuals.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing.  Since 1990, Habitat LA has built, rehabilitated and repaired more than 1,000 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of thousands of individuals.  Habitat LA has a Silver level GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and five consecutive Charity Navigator 4-Star ratings awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and showcasing a commitment to accountability and transparency. Habitat for Humanity International recognized 14 affiliates out of more than 1,400 as Affiliates of Distinction for 2015-2017 and Habitat LA is proudly one of them.  For more information, please visit or call 310-323-4663.

City of Downey

The City of Downey, home to more than 110,000 residents, is a diverse community with a small-town friendliness located in the middle of an expansive metropolitan area.  Downey is known for its quality residential neighborhoods, excellent schools, rich history, and engaging civic life. From the first Taco Bell restaurant and the oldest operational McDonalds, to the Apollo Space Program and Space Shuttles, Downey embodies its motto, “Future Unlimited.”  City leaders continuously strive to improve the quality of life for which the City of Downey is known by providing the best possible service to residents, businesses and each other in a professional, ethical, and responsible manner.  For more information on the City of Downey, please visit


Media Contact:

Ali Mullin

Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA

(310) 502-1269