Los Angeles, CA – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) celebrated the completion of its first two-home development in the City of Lawndale, on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. The homes have been built to the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED® Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards to ensure energy efficiency and affordability for the homeowners. Sponsors of the homes include the City of Lawndale, the Lawndale Redevelopment Agency, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Beach Cities Friends, Help the Homeless Help Themselves and local Lutheran Congregations. A dedication ceremony was held on Saturday to bless the homes and present the keys to partner homeowners, The Royce and Real-Munoz families.
Nearly 200 people attended the event, which recognized house sponsors, volunteers and all those whose contributions made the building of the homes possible. Erin Rank, President & CEO of HFH GLA led a program, which included speeches and presentations by Harold Hofmann, Hon. Mayor, City of Lawndale; Cindy Hoag, Beach Cities Friends; Karsten Lundring, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and The Royce and Real-Munoz families. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Senator Rod Wright, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas and Assemblymember Steven Bradford provided certificates of recognition. Senator Wright also attended the celebration. The program was followed by home tours and lunch prepared by Chef Joyce and students from Youth Opportunities Unlimited High School.
“During last year’s holiday season we gave the Royce and Real-Munoz families the news that they had been selected to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles,” said Erin Rank. “A year later these two families have the keys to their homes as a result of their hard work and the support of thousands of volunteers and our very generous sponsors.”
Habitat for Humanity provides a hand up not a hand out. To qualify for homeownership the Royce and Real-Munoz families each agreed to pay back a zero-interest mortgage and volunteer up to 500 hours of “sweat equity” building their homes.
Construction on these two homes began in April 2011, with more than 5,000 volunteers building five days a week, which equates to more than 66,000 volunteer hours. The homes have been built to LEED Silver standards, which will help the partner homeowners to save on energy costs. There are two homes on the site, which include a 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath, 1,405 sq. ft. home with a garage and a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,282 sq. ft. home with a garage. Los Angeles County remains one of the least affordable places to live and more than half of its residents live below the poverty level. These homes represent the 6th Habitat home sponsored and built by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the 9th Habitat home sponsored and built by Beach Cities Friends. Both homes were built by volunteer labor including hundreds of U.S. Navy volunteers who volunteered with the organization during Navy Week Los Angeles, as well as other military volunteers.
These homes were built in partnership with the Royce and Real-Munoz families, thanks to the generous donations of the following sponsors:
City of Lawndale
Lawndale Redevelopment Agency
Beach Cities Friends
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Help the Homeless Help Themselves
Coalition of Lutheran Churches
Trusted Builders Inc.
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 700 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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