Habitat for Humanity Announces Completion of Six Rehabilitated Homes in Partnership with Long Beach

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA), sponsors and volunteers all gathered on Saturday, July 21, in Long Beach to celebrate six, low-income families and individuals who are now homeowners thanks in part to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program2 (NSP2). The NSP2 is a competitive grant program in which the City of Long Beach was awarded more than $22 million to address the foreclosure crisis facing the community. Through this program, the City of Long Beach has partnered with HFH GLA to buy and rehabilitate foreclosed properties, which are then sold to low-income homebuyers at cost.

“Once again, the City of Long Beach and Habitat for Humanity worked together to give hard working families the opportunity to become Long Beach homeowners,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “Long Beach is an even stronger community now that we have these families setting roots in our neighborhoods.”

The six homes dedicated this past Saturday are part of 29 affordable homes that will be built or rehabilitated as part of HFH GLA’s Long Beach Revitalization Initiative (LBNRI). In total, the LBNRI will provide 29 low-income Long Beach families (earning 50 percent or less of the area median income) with the opportunity to purchase an affordable home with a zero-percent interest mortgage. HFH GLA has also committed to giving each adult family member an extensive homeowner education and continued support on a case-by-case basis to ensure that they are successful homeowners.

“Each home dedication is a milestone and to be able to have celebrated six in one afternoon is truly a blessing,” said Erin Rank, President/CEO of HFH GLA. “This accomplishment would not have been possible without our partnership with the City of Long Beach, the generosity of our sponsors and volunteers and the dedication of our partner homeowners.”

As the lead agency, the City of Long Beach played a vital role in helping to make the dream of homeownership come true for these six, hardworking families and individuals. HFH GLA and the City of Long Beach have a longstanding partnership, as well as a common goal of providing decent, sustainable and affordable housing while improving and strengthening neighborhoods.

Councilmember Steven Neal and several organizations were recognized at the dedication event for their contributions, specifically Lowe’s and Women in Non-Traditional Employment Roles, Inc. (WINTER). In May, Lowe’s sponsored the 2012 National Women Build Week and more than 30 “power women” helped to renovate a Long Beach home. Lowe’s also contributed to the LBNRI with a half-house sponsorship and has donated nearly $600,000 to HFH GLA. Since 2011, YouthBuild students from WINTER’s Rosie the Riveter Charter School have helped to build and renovate HFH GLA homes in Long Beach.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles congratulates these new homeowners:

  • Farra & Noy Ray
  • Yayi Li
  • Yolanda Espinosa
  • Guillermo & Manuela Avalos
  • Jesus & Rosa Cisneros
  • Yolanda Jones

HFH GLA is currently accepting applications for affordable homes in Long Beach, as well as in Lynwood and South Gate. For more information regarding homeownership opportunities, please contact Luis Carranza in the Homeowner Relations department at 424.246.3656.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) 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, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 700 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit www.habitatla.org or call 310.323.4663. Visit our blog at http://buildingagreaterla.blogspot.com.

About the Long Beach Neighborhood Stabilization Program2
The Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) was one of the initiatives of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), and helps to create affordability and increase homeownership, mitigate negative effects of foreclosure, and revitalize and reconnect targeted neighborhoods with economic stability.

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