Habitat for Humanity Marks 20th Anniversary by Announcing 400,000 Homes Built

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habitat-for-humanityHabitat for Humanity surpassed its 400,000 home milestone during its most recent fiscal year. Since the nonprofit organization was founded in 1976, its self-help, hand-up model has resulted in rehabbed, repaired or new housing for more than 2 million people worldwide.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) is part of this global effort. Since 1990 HFH GLA has built, rehabilitated or repaired over 630 homes locally and worldwide. Over 40 of the homes in Greater Los Angeles have been built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications and the organization will continue its commitment to sustainable building and lower utility bills for its partner homeowners in the years to come.

With ten, sustainable homes in the City of Lynwood slated for completion early in 2011, as well as homes under construction in Long Beach and plans to build in Lawndale and Burbank – HFH GLA has big plans for 2011. HFH GLA will continue to grow by building, rehabilitating and repairing a number of houses. Through the application of sound business and sustainable building practices, partnerships and empowerment of partner homeowners and volunteers, HFH GLA is revitalizing local communities and neighborhoods.

“HFH GLA is continuing its efforts to help families in need of decent, affordable housing. We are happy to have helped Habitat for Humanity reach this important milestone in bettering communities across the country,” said Erin Rank, President/CEO of HFH GLA. “With continued support of our sponsors and volunteers, we’ll address affordable housing needs all over greater Los Angeles.”

In fiscal year 2010, Habitat for Humanity served a record 74,960 families worldwide through a combination of new construction, rehabilitation and repairs. Habitat also helped an additional 6,355 families establish legal rights to a house or land, and provided more than 46,964 individuals with technical assistance ranging from legal help to construction advice or training.

“We are pleased that even in this difficult economy, Habitat for Humanity has been able to help a record number of families around the world have a better place to live,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Our affiliates are the backbone of Habitat’s efforts. Their hard work and dedication have made this milestone possible. We are grateful for the work of HFH GLA.”

Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 300,000th home in 2008, its 200,000th home in 2005 and the 100,000th home in 2000. This year, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles celebrates its 20th Anniversary and proudly boasts a less than 1% default rate.

By 2013, Habitat for Humanity estimates it will assist 100,000 families worldwide annually with new or improved housing. A copy of Habitat for Humanity International’s fiscal year 2010 annual report, “What We Build,” is now available online at http://www.habitat.org/support/report/default.aspx. The report gives a snapshot of Habitat’s work around the world.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate poverty housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families in need to build simple, decent, affordable and sustainable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated over 630 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar Valued Partner. For more information, visit http://www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663. Visit their blog at http://buildingagreaterla.blogspot.com

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