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IN THIS ISSUE
Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. Helps to Build Three Homes in Nicaragua
New HFH GLA Homeowners Honored in Home Dedication Ceremony
Habitat on the Hill
Palos Verdes Ride for Habitat
Funds and Awareness Raised at Second Annual Texas Hold 'Em Tournament
Restore Neighborhoods L.A.
Shop the HFH GLA ReStores to Save Time and Money
Building on a Dream Poster Contest
The Charitable IRA Rollover Returns
Is Construction Experience Needed to Volunteer with HFH GLA?
Habitat Insider
Board of Directors 
Chairman:

Tom Clarke 

PricewaterhouseCoopers

 

Past Chairman:

Craig Russell  

Walt Disney Imagineering 

 

 Vice-Chair:

Mike Lang
Entertainment Executive

 

Secretary:

Jennifer Livingston

Union Bank

 

Travis Barr
Merrill Lynch/B of A 

 

Gerry Bross

Hollywood Sierra Kitchens

 

Daniel Burgner

Caruso Affiliated

 

Celine Cordero
 Los Angeles World Airports

  

 Ron Frank

Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP

 

Carl Jordan 

US Bank

 

Eva Kalawski  

Platinum Equity, LLC 

 

Edward Lin
Warner Bros. Entertainment

 

Kim McManus
Awaken Humanity

 David Mead

Southern California Edison

 

Jeffrey Moore
Community Bank

 

Arnold Ng

Apex Commercial Real Estate

 

Matt Petersen  

Global Green USA

  

Lori Raya

Vons 

 

Linda Russell   

Wells Fargo

 

John Smet

Capital Group Companies


Masood Sohaili 

DLA Piper 

 

Jay Stark

JH Stark Companies

 

Troy Thrower  

The Woodward Group

 

Ken Walker

Ernst & Young

 

Alan Wright 

California Bank & Trust

 

Our Mission

 

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles builds and renovates homes in partnership with God and people everywhere with a goal of eliminating

substandard housing

by making decent,

affordable housing a matter of conscience and action in our communities.

 

310-323-HOME
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JAN. 2013


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Kohler*

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Mosaic

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Valspar*

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NEWSLETTER
February 2013

Greetings!

 

February has been a short, but busy month for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) filled with many exciting events! We encourage you to read about some of the highlights below and to join us in the upcoming months by volunteering on a build site, participating in an event, or shopping in one of our ReStores!

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER L.A. HELPS TO BUILD THREE HOMES IN NICARAGUA

 

In the past 40 years, the country of Nicaragua has been the target of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, droughts, floods and hurricanes. As a result of multiple natural disasters, 78% of families lack shelter or live in inadequate conditions.

 

Recently, a group of 27 people from HFH GLA and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (HFH OC) traveled to Nicaragua to build three homes. HFH GLA representatives included President & CEO Erin Rank, other HFH GLA staff and six current board members: Tom Clarke, Craig Russell, Ken Walker, Gerry Bross, Eva Kalawski and John Smet.

 

The group completed multiple days of construction in the San Cayetano community and were able to celebrate home dedications for the Davila-Mendez, Lopez Silva and Oruz families. During the trip they also participated in the inauguration of a water project, which will bring fresh water to the La Gallina community for the first time.

 

In December 2012, Veronica Garcia, VP of Advocacy and Community Partnerships, also traveled to Nicaragua to build homes and a new water system in Masachapa.

 

To see photos from the most recent Nicaragua trip, click HERE. To read a blog post about Veronica's experience, click HERE

    

NEW HFH GLA HOMEOWNERS HONORED IN HOME DEDICATION CEREMONY

 

 

On Saturday, February 23, HFH GLA officially welcomed nine new partner homeowners to the City of Lynwood. Congresswoman Janice Hahn, City of Lynwood Mayor Salvador Alatorre, as well as members of the Presbyterian Coalition were just a few of the distinguished guests in attendance to celebrate the completion of the nine homes.

 

All of the homes were rehabilitated in partnership with the City of Lynwood, partner homeowners and volunteers as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program2 (NSP2). Through this program, HFH GLA is rehabilitating foreclosed and abandoned homes in order to provide affordable homeownership opportunities while also improving neighborhoods that we have invested in.

 

Congratulations to the Delgado, Dumas, Henderson, Jordan, Miramontes, Moreno, Nitkiewicz, Peralta and Ramirez families on completing their sweat equity hours in order to make the dream of homeownership a reality!
HABITAT ON THE HILL

 

HFH GLA was very excited to have a presence at Habitat on the Hill, Habitat for Humanity International's annual legislative conference in Washington D.C. Vice President of Advocacy and Community Partnerships Veronica Garcia, Director of Community Engagement Josh Butler, Faith Relations Manager Chris Untiet and Youth United President Jenny Sim were able to meet with 10 legislative offices representing HFH GLA's service area. In addition, Veronica Garcia moderated a workshop that taught affiliates important steps in developing a legislative agenda while Chris Untiet was a speaker on the "A Faithful Commitment to Advocacy: Answering the Call" panel. Overall, Habitat supporters were able to conduct over 200 meetings with congressional representatives and advocate for affordable housing. 

PALOS VERDES RIDE FOR HFH

HFH GLA will host its 2nd Annual Palos Verdes Ride for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, April 6. This event is a great way for the community to support us while enjoying a ride along the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula. There are three spectacular routes to choose from, which all begin and end at Terranea L.A.'s Oceanfront Resort. Expert and intermediate riders are encouraged to pedal for a purpose and join us on April 6!

 

For more information and to register early for $65, click HERE.

FUNDS AND AWARENESS RAISED AT SECOND ANNUAL TEXAS HOLD 'EM TOURNAMENT

 

 


On Saturday, February 2nd more than 60 poker players gathered at The Lakes at El Segundo to play Hold 'Em for Habitat! Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Glynn Turman (House of Lies), Ted Lange (The Love Boat) and Jim Pickens, Jr. (Grey's Anatomy) were also in attendance and put on their best poker faces.
 
The fundraising event was hosted by Beach Cities Friends, an organization that started in 2002 as a way for a group of friends in the South Bay to volunteer, fundraise and advocate for a cause close to their hearts. To date, Beach Cities Friends has raised more than $800,000 to help build and renovate nine homes in greater Los Angeles!
 
  

Check out our FLICKR account for more great photos from the night! 

Restore Neighborhoods L.A.

Restore Neighborhoods LA, Inc. (RNLA) is an organization that shares in HFH GLA's goal to acquire, restore and build homes for low-income families. HFH GLA has decided to partner on three RNLA homes, which are being built with eco-friendly materials and technologies. HFH GLA is happy to help provide more affordable homeownership opportunities while learning about new, innovative ways to build. To watch a short video on RNLA, click HERE.

SHOP THE HFH GLA RESTORES TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY!

 

HFH GLA's two ReStores can best be described as home improvement thrift stores. For those renovating on a budget, the ReStores are the perfect place to purchase light fixtures, flooring, tiles, brick cabinets and even wood at discounted prices. A $10 Groupon deal is also currently available for $20 worth of building materials, furniture and more. To purchase your Groupon click HERE and to find more information on how the ReStores can save you time and money on your next home renovation project, click HERE.

 

We are open 5 days/week (Tuesday - Saturday 9am-6pm)

2 Locations:

 

17700 S. Figueroa St.

Gardena, CA 90248

 

11029 Alondra Blvd.

Norwalk, CA 90650

 


DONATE, SHOP, RECYCLE 
BUILDING ON A DREAM POSTER CONTEST

HFH GLA's community engagement team honored the vision and memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. this year with a poster contest! For the "Building on a Dream" poster contest, students ages 5-14 created posters incorporating the word "Equality" into their design, as well as illustrating the theme that all people should have access to decent, sustainable and affordable housing.

 

HFH GLA received many creative and impactful entries and left the hard work of choosing the winners up to our Board of Directors. First place winners received four tickets to Knott's Berry Farm; second place received $100 gift cards for Toys "R" Us; and third place received a $50 gift card for Target. Congratulations to all of our winners and to see a video of winners from the Westerly School of Long Beach, click HERE.

 

 

 

THE CHARITABLE IRA ROLLOVER RETURNS

With The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, Congress attempts to avoid the fiscal cliff  by resurrecting the IRA charitable rollover, which had expired at the end of 2011.

 

Translated that means this provision has been extended for 2013. It authorizes a tax free Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCDs) transferred from an IRA directly to a charitable organization such as HFH GLA. The owner of the IRA making the direct transfer must be age 70 or older to qualify. The IRA owner can exclude from gross income up to $100,000 of QCDs annually.

 

The QCD can be used as a strategy to reduce taxable income required from an IRA in 2013. For information about how you can benefit from this revised tax benefit you should contact your IRA fund advisor for directions or contact:  Jennifer M. Wise, Vice President of Resource Development, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, 17700 S. Figueroa Street, Gardena, CA 90248, Direct: (424) 246-3627, Email: jwise@habitatla.org.

 

The information in this article is not considered as legal or tax advice. The reader should consult with his or her tax accountant or legal counsel. 

IS CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE NEEDED TO VOLUNTEER WITH HFH GLA?

You do not need any experience to help build homes for hardworking, low-income families in greater Los Angeles. In fact, HFH GLA makes it easy for people to participate in any way that suits them while meeting new friends who share similar interests. All that HFH GLA requires is that construction volunteers are 16 years of age or older. HFH GLA builds Tuesdays through Saturdays, so cast any reservations aside and sign up to volunteer today!

BECOME A HABITAT INSIDER!

Like us on FACEBOOK or follow us on TWITTER and learn about how you can become an ADVOCATE for hardworking, low-income families in your own community. 

 

There are various ways you can DONATE to HFH GLA!   

Your donations change lives - from a monetary gift to donating your car (via Cars for Homes) or donating household items to our ReStores - you can help eliminate substandard housing.

 

Pick up your hammers and join us as a VOLUNTEER on site today! No construction experience is required - just a smile  

and a willingness to help!   

 

 To become part of the solution today call or visit us: 

310.323-HOME(4663)  

www.habitatla.org