Throughout a year that continued to be impacted by COVID-19, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) remained passionately committed to partnering with families to build decent, affordable homes. While many other non-profit organizations slowed down or shut down during the pandemic, Habitat LA redoubled its efforts, using every resource it had to serve the community during this crucial time. Because of the generosity of so many, Habitat LA was able to provide more than 2,400 households with direct assistance so that they could keep or achieve safer and more stable housing when it was most needed.
“The pandemic has made clear the importance of the safety and stability that homeownership provides,” said Habitat LA President and CEO, Erin Rank. “We’ve worked harder than ever to help provide housing and other relief for those affected during these difficult times.”
The year has not been without challenges--from restricted build site activity to a largely virtual volunteer crew and work-from-home team. And yet we celebrate with those who Habitat LA partnered with during this time, and who are looking forward to the holidays in their homes.
Purushottam KC (Puru), whose family was selected for one of houses on Budlong Avenue in Los Angeles, said “This is the perfect consequence of never losing hope and working toward your goal.” For over seven years, Puru, his wife Srijana, and their two children lived with his brother’s family of five. While always grateful for his brother’s kindness and hospitality, Puru and his wife continued to pursue their dream of homeownership. In May 2021, Habitat LA presented the family with the keys to their new house.
By helping to build their own homes and paying an affordable mortgage, Habitat LA homeowners gain the strength, stability, and independence that comes with homeownership. They can build long-term wealth through housing, which is an opportunity that many low-income families will never realize.
That stability is especially important to new homeowner Maria A., who will be moving from a small rental apartment into her new home on 109th Street in Los Angeles. She and her daughter are excited about the happiness their own home will bring but for Maria, it’s also about "having a set payment that is not going to increase.” Expressing her gratitude for the Habitat LA Homeownership program, Maria said “It is a blessing that came at the right moment.”
Habitat LA is proud to partner with Terranea Resort to help Puru and Maria and families like theirs achieve the stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. During this season of giving, we invite you to be a part of this effort and help more families build better futures! Join us by visiting habitatla.org to donate today!