Hammers for Habitat
Global Village Trip: South Africa
Singles Build Day
ReStore Donation Drives
LaTonya Thompson
Mortgage Free!
Buildable Hours
In the Community
2013 Neighborhood Builders
General Hospital Fan Build Day
Habitat Insider
Board of Directors 

Gerry Bross 

Hollywood Sierra Kitchens


Past Chairman:

Tom Clarke  




Daniel Burgner
Caruso Affiliated



Jennifer Livingston

Union Bank



Alan Wright

California Bank & Trust

Bill Blake

Zurich North America


Celine Cordero
Englander, Knabe and Allen
Scott Farer
Ranjan Goswami
Delta Air Lines, Inc

Mike Gipson
City of Carson


Carl Jordan 

US Bank


Eva Kalawski  

Platinum Equity, LLC 


Mike Lang

Lang Media Group


Edward Lin
Konami Digital Entertainment

John Manganiello
Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Kim McManus
Awaken Humanity

 David Mead

Southern California Edison


Arnold Ng

Apex Commercial Real Estate


Matt Petersen  

City of Los Angeles


Lori Raya



Craig Russell

Walt Disney Imagineering


Linda Russell   

Wells Fargo


Jay Stark

JH Stark Companies


Troy Thrower  

The Woodward Group


Ken Walker

Ernst & Young



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.


Quick Links







The Home Depot Foundation


Platinum Hammer




Silver Hammer


GiveBack Homes


Bronze Hammer


American Martyrs Catholic Church


Architects Circle


Union Pacific Railroad


Silver Nail


 Bank of the West


The Camden Group


Bronze Nail


Sam Amato


Joshua Andrews


Bridges Church


Canisius High School


Centerfield Media


Classic Home Remodel




First United Methodist Church of Seal Beach


Fisher College


Diane Good


KAA Design Group, Inc.


Kennedy Wilson


McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.


Julie Singer


South Bay Association of REALTORS


The Distinguished Speakers Series of California


United States Air Force Academy


* Denotes In-Kind Gifts 

The Ahmanson Foundation

Bank of America

California Department of Housing and Community Development

Delta Air Lines

Faithful Central Bible Church

The Gary D. Magness Foundation


The Home Depot Foundation


Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Mosaic L.A.

Sit 'N Sleep

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

The Valspar Corporation

Wells Fargo

Whirlpool Corporation

MARCH 2014



As you will read below, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) has been in the midst of its own March Madness! From high profile build days, to Global Village trips and community meetings, we have been hard at work carrying out our mission. Please take a moment to learn a bit about what we've been up to and be sure to join us in April. We have another great month in store!




On Friday, March 21 more than 100 volunteers came together to raise the walls of a new Habitat home in the parking lot of the Lowe's of Central Long Beach. Volunteers included Lowe's Heroes employees from 14 stores in the local market, individuals from the Episcopal Deanery 8 of the Diocese of Los Angeles and a few of our high profile supporters. 


We were thrilled to have Jamie Durie host of HGTV's "The Outdoor Room"; Darren Moore of NBC's "American Dream Builders"; Greg Nixon, Team U.S.A. sprinter; Hon. Bonnie Lowenthal, California's 70th State Assembly district; and Kory Minor, retired NFL player and motivational speaker, stop by to celebrate Lowe's longstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity and kick off "Hammers for Habitat". This new nationwide initiative aims to mobilize 100,000 new volunteers this year in support of Habitat's goal of serving one million people annually by 2018.


One of the special aspects of the day was having partner homeowners who have directly benefited from the Lowe's partnership work alongside volunteers. Ms. LaTonya Thompson is the newest partner homeowner to join this group and she put in her first hours of sweat equity framing the walls of the home she will soon call her own. 


Thank you to Lowe's for selecting us as one of 10 affiliates to host this build, which recognized the last 10 years of support as well as kicking off the next five! Click HERE to view a selection of great photos from the day and HERE to read a couple of posts by bloggers who attended the build!




Earlier this month, 62 people from Faithful Central Bible Church (FCBC) traveled to South Africa with Bishop Ulmer and First Lady Togetta Ulmer of FCBC, led by Fred Brewer, HFHI Director of Corporate Development,  Isabel Lee, HFH GLA Corporate Projects Manager and Chris Untiet, HFH GLA Faith Relations Manager, to build seven homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity South Africa. Bishop Ulmer has been traveling to South Africa for more than 20 years and was thrilled to have so many representatives from his congregation join him for this meaningful trip. The seven homes are part of a mixed income development in an area called Pelican Park, near Cape Town, South Africa. Many of the families who will eventually live in these homes have been on government housing waiting lists for more than 20 years. Faithful Central Bible Church is hoping to go back next year to help build more homes in this same development. HFH GLA's partnership with Faithful Central Bible Church began in 2007. Since then, they have helped repair and build nearly 20 homes across greater Los Angeles as well as raised $270K in support of Habitat's mission. To learn more about how your church can get involved, click HERE.




Are you single and looking for your soul mate?  Why not find the perfect person on a construction site! Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles is here to help!  Our inaugural Singles Build Day is coming up on Saturday, April 19th from 8am to 3:30pm.  Bring a friend of the opposite sex who someone else might want to date if possible, but if not, please be sure to join us on your own! You can fundraise for the $150 donation - you know your family and friends don't want you to be single forever - so get them to help!  Click here to sign up and start your fundraising page and share!
Your donation will help more hardworking, low-income families achieve the dream of homeownership while your dream of meeting someone special might also come true!


HFH GLA's ReStore Donation Drives are a great way to earn funds for your church or organization while supporting HFH GLA's work. The program is simple. HFH GLA will deliver an empty truck trailer for you to fill and be there to help load and pack it on the date of your event. For a comprehensive list of items we do and do not accept, click HERE. For every full 48' trailer your organization will receive $1,500 to use toward your youth group, general operating costs, or a specific outreach initiative. To learn more click HERE.

Our ReStores are open 5 days/week (Tuesday - Saturday, 9am-6pm) at 2 Locations:


17700 S. Figueroa St.

Gardena, CA 90248


11029 Alondra Blvd.

Norwalk, CA 90650




LaTonya has resided in Los Angeles County for 35 years and has recently been selected as the future homeowner of HFH GLA's 500th home. She is a single mother to Onekieo and LaMeisha and has worked for a major retailer for 13 years. Onekieo is a talented athlete who is involved in sports year-round. LaMeisha is a natural leader in school who takes every opportunity to hone her leadership skills. The entire family is looking forward to moving to Long Beach as they often take leisurely Sunday drives through the city to clear their minds. LaTonya is enjoying being introduced to new construction skills and friends as she completes her sweat equity hours. "This home will be a place where my kids and I can feel safe regardless of what goes on in life."

We will be accepting applications during the month of April for three homes in the City of Long Beach. For more information visit www.habitatla.org, email [email protected], or call 310.323.4663 x140.

Paying off a mortgage is a major accomplishment in life! HFH GLA congratulates our partner families who now own their homes outright. We wish the below homeowners many more years of peace and security in their homes!

(click above to watch video interview)
Martin & Carmela Garcia
Barbara Lenoir
Jose & Luz Nieto
Ricardo & Martha Gonzalez
Jamie & Antonia Lopez
Calvin & Angel Lowery
We are thrilled to be hosting Buildable Hours again this summer.  In June and July Buildable Hours will bring together law firms throughout Los Angeles County to build Habitat homes for hardworking, low-income partner homeowners in Lynwood, California.  Participating firms will spend one or more days building with us. The financial commitment is less than many traditional summer associate activities and allows firms to give back to the Los Angeles community.   This unique experience helps staff to get to know their summer associates in a different setting, and gives the firm the opportunity to tangibly demonstrate their commitment to public service.  For more information please contact Helen Dosta, Development Manager, at [email protected]
Our Community Engagement team has held very successful community meetings in both Wilmington and Lynwood this past month. At the meeting held at the Wilmington Senior Center concerns were addressed and attendees left interested in homeownership and volunteer opportunities that will result from a future HFH GLA development. Two meetings were also held at the Household of God Bibleway Church in Lynwood. The focus of both meetings was our plans to work with HFH GLA partner families and Lynwood stakeholders on improving the community. A special thanks to Lynwood Councilmember Sal Alatorre, Lynwood Unified School Board Vice President Alfonso Morales and the L.A. Sheriff's Department for attending.

On Wednesday, March 26, several Board members and staff attended Bank of America's annual Neighborhood Builders celebration. We are happy to announce that HFH GLA was honored as a 2013 Neighborhood Builder and will receive $200,000 in unrestricted funding as well as the opportunity for Erin Rank, HFH GLA President/CEO, and Jennifer Wise, HFH GLA VP of Resource Development, to participate in a strategic leadership development program.  HFH GLA Board Chair Gerry Bross accepted the award on behalf of HFH GLA and spoke for a few minutes about this exceptional honor. Since 2004, Bank of America, through its signature philanthropic program, the Neighborhood Builders Program, has helped strengthen communities with more than $160 million in support. More than $6.8 million of that total has been invested right here in Los Angeles. Thank you Bank of America for helping us to build hope, lives and communities!

For more photos click HERE.

The 5th Anniversary of our General Hospital Fan Build Day was a huge success! Fans traveled from near and far (Northern, Central and Southern California, Colorado, Minnesota, Maine, Massachusetts, Washington, Illinois, Maryland and even Canada) to build alongside their favorite General Hospital stars. This year was the best year ever for cast turnout and we thank our #1 cast member, Lisa LoCicero, for recruiting more of her co-stars year after year. Attendees also heard from partner homeowners Laura Marquez and Claudia Otis, who also blogged about the build day HERE. The General Hospital Fan Build Day originated in 2009 with Brandon Barash and Lisa LoCicero who created the event as a way to reward loyal fans of the show while becoming more involved with Habitat for Humanity.





DONATE to HFH GLA! Your donations change lives! 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!   



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