Tuesday, December 23, 2008

CNN Profiles Habitat Homeowner Success Rates

"Manny On The Streets" Tours The Gaxiola Home

As you can see from the previous post, the Gaxiola Family moved into their home just in time for Christmas! This is a video shot by "Manny On The Streets" from KIIS FM the Saturday before the Gaxiola's moved in. For this build day, Habitat was also joined by Clear Channel, Jake the Handsome Handyman of Redback Tools, and HGTV carpenters Russ and Marcus of Team Two Times.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Meet our Newest Homeowners, The Gaxiola Family

This past weekend, we celebrated the completion of our newest Habitat for Humanity home in Greater Los Angeles, built in partnership with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the Gaxiola Family. Hear what this amazing family had to say during this special holiday homecoming.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Building A Greater Los Angeles - One Home & One Family at a Time

This Saturday we will welcome home a family who truly epitomizes faith. The Gaxiola Family has been living in crowded, unsafe Compton apartment for years but this weekend we will bless their new home and hand them the keys to their future.

We could not have built this home without the generous support of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' "Thrivent Builds" program and the hundreds of volunteers who came out since September to build this home.

If you are interested in joining this celebration and experiencing what Habitat homeownership means to the community - please contact our office at 310-323-HOME.

Here's a little bit about the Gaxiola Family:

Joe Gaxiola, who is legally blind and recovering from a kidney transplant, has long dreamed of providing a safe home for his family away from the crime and violence surrounding their previous Compton apartment. To make this dream a reality the Gaxiola family has completed at least 500 hours of “sweat equity” building their home as a down payment and will pay back a zero-interest loan. The Gaxiola home is the third and final home to be completed at the Grand Avenue and 112th Street site, all of which have been funded by Thrivent Builds. The homeowners of the other two homes were involved throughout the Gaxiola build, often times providing lunch for volunteers and contributing hours towards the Gaxiola’s “sweat equity.” Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles works in partnership with local families and volunteers to make affordable housing and homeownership possible.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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:
  1. Currently living in sub-standard conditions

  2. Ability to pay back a zero interest loan (our partner families total household income is less than the average median income)

  3. Willingness to put in at least 500 hours of "sweat equity" build time on the family's home and their neighbors' homes

If you think you would qualify or perhaps you know someone who may qualify, we urge you to visit our website and find out about our application process. We have helped over 230 families buy homes in Los Angeles and they all thought it was a longshot, but they went for it anyway and now they are home.

Thanks to our partners, sponsors, volunteers, donors and the spirit of our families, homeowership is a dream that can come true.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

104.3 MYfm held a special in-studio performance with the wonderful Colbie Caillat on the MYstage

This morning our partners over at Clear Channel Radio invited us to attend a MYFM Radio live performance by recording artist, Colbie Caillat. Two members of Habitat partner families - Brianna Eubanks & Andrea Trujillo - attended with AmeriCorps member, Acacia Squires, and Hollywood for Habitat for Habitat's own Alison Treleaven. (photo L-R: Alison, Brianna, Colbie, Andrea and Acacia.)

Today's post is by Brianna & Andrea about their experience at the event, thanks ladies!

Howdy Doo:

I’m Brianna and I’m Andrea! This morning was very different for us (something new!). Yay! We got to go to a private concert and see Colbie Caillat perform at 104.3 MYfm and took a picture with her. We were also on KTLA (yup, we were on the news and clapped!). J It was a great experience. Thank you Clear Channel Radio for a fun free school day and inviting us to your studio and giving us a tour of the station. “Valentine” from the morning show and Jessica Holmes from KTLA are major funny!


Andrea & Brianna

Monday, December 1, 2008

Warner Brothers Employees Partner with Habitat to Build & Donate

Warner Brothers Studios' IMPACT initiative is their Employee Giving Program. They will be highlighting our Habitat for Humanity affiliate in January 2009 and we are setting up a build day for a large group of WB employees near the end of the month. How IMPACTful is it? Well, Warner Brothers will match dollar for dollar up to $1,000!

We think this is a great way to involve WB employees worldwide & we are so thankful for their continued support!

For information about how your organization can partner with Habitat for Humanity, please contact our Development Department at 310-323-4663 - thanks.