Habitat for Humanity Helps Family Purchase First Home

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A celebration for the Nelson Family as they are welcomed to their new home. Photo from Twitter.

A celebration for the Nelson Family as they are welcomed to their new home. Photo from Twitter.

The City of Long Beach, in partnership with The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA), on Saturday celebrated the dedication of a new five-bedroom, 2 ¾-bath residence that has provided the opportunity for a lower-income family to purchase their first home.

“The City is proud to work with Habitat LA to help a well-deserving family achieve the dream of homeownership,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This effort is yet another example of how strongly the City values its commitment to providing quality, affordable housing to the working families of Long Beach.”

Located at 105 W. 14th St., in the Washington Neighborhood, this location is one of three sites conveyed to Habitat LA by The LBCIC as part of a three-home development, and is the final single-family residence to be completed.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the dedication of another Habitat home in our community,” said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. “These families put in so much sweat equity to build their homes, and the result is they get to see firsthand how good, healthy housing can transform their neighborhoods.”

Habitat LA oversaw the construction of the single-family residence, using sustainable materials and environmentally friendly building practices. The home features energy-efficient appliances.

“It brings us great satisfaction to see such a rewarding project come to fruition,” said John Thomas, The LBCIC Chair. “The LBCIC is dedicated to investing our resources to remove blight, transform properties, and accommodate vital uses that allow Long Beach to continue to flourish.”

The dedication celebrated the home of Yvette Nelson and her family. Nelson is a qualified first-time homebuyer earning less than 80% of the Los Angeles County Median Income (AMI). Selected homebuyers are also required to invest “sweat equity” hours toward the construction of their home.

“We have walked side-by-side with Ms. Nelson on her journey toward homeownership and know that her family will make a great addition to the Washington Neighborhood,” said Erin Rank, President/CEO of Habitat LA. “We feel fortunate to have such strong partners in the City of Long Beach and The LBCIC who are working closely with us to build homes and stronger neighborhoods in the greater Long Beach area.”

In addition to the completion of this development, Habitat LA will continue to focus on the Washington Neighborhood during its five-year, $100 million Building a Greater Los Angeles campaign.

About The Long Beach Community Investment Company

The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) assists in the development of affordable housing and improvements of neighborhoods through a variety of federal and state funded programs.

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 www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663.

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