Habitat Dedication Ceremony is a Celebration of Homeownership for Air Force Veteran

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Roxana Gomez holds her son during the dedication ceremony for her new house, surrounding by officials from the City of Long Beach, The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA).

Roxana Gomez holds her son during the dedication ceremony for her new house, surrounding by officials from the City of Long Beach, The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA).

Friday, 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) celebrated the American dream of homeownership for an Air Force Veteran.

“Long Beach is proud to partner with Habitat LA to provide homebuyer opportunities for hard-working individuals and families,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This effort is yet another example of how strongly the City values its commitment to providing safe, quality, affordable housing to Long Beach residents.”

Located at 271 E. Cummings Lane, this two-bedroom, one-bath home is one of four properties within the City that have been removed from foreclosure and fully renovated through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3). Habitat LA coordinated and completed the rehabilitation of this property.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the dedication of a Habitat home in North Long Beach,” said Councilmember Rex Richardson. “Sustainable housing projects not only impact individual quality of life, but also benefit the community at large by promoting vitality and livability throughout our neighborhoods.”

Since 2009, more than 150 distressed properties have been acquired and rehabilitated to provide low- and moderate-income homeownership opportunities throughout Long Beach using HUD NSP funds.

“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.”

This dedication will provide a home for Roxana Gomez and her son. Selected homebuyers must be able to obtain an affordable first mortgage, and be income-qualified to receive silent second mortgage assistance from the City/LBCIC. Habitat-assisted buyers are also required by Habitat LA to attend homebuyer education classes and invest “sweat equity” hours toward the construction of their home.

“It has been very fulfilling for all of us at Habitat LA serving Roxana, who served our country in the Air Force,” said Erin Rank, President/CEO of Habitat LA. “Roxana will make a great homeowner and member of her new community.”

Habitat LA will use this dedication as an opportunity to recognize donors who have supported its Habitat for Heroes Veterans initiative. Habitat for Heroes seeks to assist, engage, mobilize and educate military members and veterans about Habitat for Humanity’s programs and services.

About The Long Beach Community Investment Company
The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) assists in the development of affordable housing and improvement 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, renovated and repaired 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.

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