Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to Partner with Palos Verdes Estates in Deconstruction of Bluff Homes

Materials will be Donated to Habitat LA and Sold in its ReStores

LOS ANGELES (March 16, 2015) – The city of Palos Verdes Estates has graciously agreed to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) to assist in the deconstruction of seven homes located on the ocean bluff side of Palos Verdes Drive West.

"Our goal with the deconstruction is to preserve the properties as open space for the enjoyment of our residents, and in order to accomplish this, we are very pleased to be partnering with Habitat LA to salvage re-usable materials and fixtures before they enter the waste stream" says the Hon. Ellen Perkins, Mayor of Palos Verdes Estates. “While our contractor will be recycling 70% of the construction and demolition debris, Habitat LA will first remove the re-usable items for benefiting the organization’s home building and repair projects.  And, as an added benefit, we are pleased the community will be involved as volunteers."

The practice of deconstruction can best be described as the careful dismantling of re-usable materials from homes and buildings. Habitat LA staff and volunteers will remove kitchen cabinets, vanities, brick pavers, light fixtures and doors from these homes during the week of March 23, 2015 – March 27, 2015. The items will then be donated to Habitat LA and sold to the general public in one of its three ReStores, which are self-sustaining funding sources for Habitat LA. Some items may even be used in a Habitat LA home.

“This partnership is really beneficial for all parties involved,” says Dave McKechnie, Habitat LA’s Vice President of Retail Operations. “The deconstruction benefits the city by reducing the waste product that would end up in landfill, it also provides materials Habitat LA can sell or potentially use in construction as well as gives our volunteers another avenue to support our cause and further our mission.”

After the deconstruction and demolition portions of this project are complete, the city of Palos Verdes Estates will be returning the area back to its natural state and it will become park “green” space once more. “We are very excited to be working with the city of Palos Verdes Estates,” says Erin Rank, president/CEO of Habitat LA. “People know us to build homes, but in this case we will be deconstructing homes and that is a great way for us to engage the community in a different facet of our work.”

Media interested in covering the deconstruction can contact Ali Mullin amullin@habitatla.org or call 310.502.1269.

 Habitat LA encourages anyone who is spring cleaning, remodeling, or moving to donate gently used items to the ReStore. Schedule a pick-up online at donatetohabitat.org.

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 and renovated more than 1,000 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of thousands of individuals. Habitat LA is a Guide Star® Valued Partner and has four consecutive Charity Navigator 4-Star ratings awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Habitat for Humanity International recognized 14 affiliates out of more than 1400 as Affiliates of Distinction for 2015-2017 and Habitat LA is proudly one of them. For more information, please visit www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663.