GMC DIY Challenge

GMC’s DIY challenge, in partnership with This Old House, will task Southern California based DIY influencers with creating one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture using only salvaged materials! That’s where Habitat LA’s ReStore comes in. The contestants will have a limited amount of time to scour the aisles for raw building materials, home décor and furniture pieces that they can transform into …

Farewell 2014-2015 AmeriCorps Members!

Every year we are fortunate to have a passionate group of individuals, called AmeriCorps, join us for a year of service. If you’re unfamiliar with AmeriCorps, think of it as the domestic version of the Peace Corps. AmeriCorps members serve with Habitat LA in a variety of capacities from volunteer services, to construction, youth programs and veteran outreach. Last week …

Urban Floor Donation

Urban Floor recently made a generous donation of over $50,000 worth of flooring to Habitat LA. Their donation has been greatly appreciated, as their beautiful flooring will be sold in our ReStores and used in future Habitat LA homes. Habitat members had the opportunity to personally meet the Urban Floor staff and mascot, Chuck, while accepting the donation. We were immediately …

Archbishop Gomez’ Site Blessing

Archbishop Gomez, who is the Archbishop of the nation’s largest Catholic Archdiocese, paid a visit to our seven home site on Magnolia in Lynwood. He blessed each home and also spent time with each family inside their home. Archbishop Gomez also blessed the work of Habitat LA’s Catholic Coalition, which helped to build and sponsor one of the homes. The …

ReStore’s New Hours and Days!

The summer season brings long, sunny days and it has also brought longer hours and expanded days to our ReStore! As of July 1, the ReStore is now open seven days a week from 8:30am to 7:30pm. In addition, we now have eight trucks picking up donated furniture, building materials, décor and more all across greater Los Angeles. Our Norwalk …

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED TODAY!

Congress is in the midst of determining spending levels for federal programs and has proposed drastic cuts to essential housing and service programs, like HOME.  HOME What:     The Senate Appropriations Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) subcommittee dealt a staggering blow to the HOME program yesterday with a proposal to fund HOME at just $66 million in FY16, a …

New Affordable Home Breaking Ground in Athens

Over the past year, we have worked closely with Los Angeles County and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) to design and secure funding, as well as land, for an affordable home that focuses on innovation and sustainability. SCI-Arc students have completed plans for a “green” home located at 1232 West 101st Street in the Athens neighborhood of LA …

Nissan and Heisman Winners Joined Us in Tackling Affordable Housing

Heisman Trophy winners are no strangers to hard work and it was wonderful to have their help raising walls on the Loza’s family new Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles home. They were also joined by volunteers from Nissan, the Heisman Trophy Trust, as well as the entire Loza family. It was a fun day, but also a meaningful …

Habitat to Assist those Affected by Nepal Earthquake

Habitat’s disaster response teams are assessing the situation in Nepal after the devastating earthquake that hit on Saturday. Because we have been in the country for several years, we plan to be involved in long-term response efforts.  This includes coordinating efforts to get temporary shelter to families (more information is below in the press release from Habitat for Humanity International).  …

ASBW: Youth in Action!

Last week was Act! Speak! Build! Week (ASBW), a national Habitat for Humanity youth advocacy week that encourages youth to advocate for affordable housing. Actor Donis Leonard Jr. was Habitat LA’s Youth Ambassador for ASBW. Together we engaged more than 600 youth during ASBW in various ways. We had youth design doors, write home acrostic poems, decorate t-shirts to advocate …