On December 2, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) celebrated the completion of the Thriving Heights community and its three new homeowners in Inglewood. The “Home for the Holidays” dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting was held at 573 Hyde Park Place, where donors, volunteers and Habitat LA staff welcomed the families.
Construction began on Veterans Day 2015, with more than 100 corporate, active military and veteran volunteers. Tamara Lindsay, one of the new homeowners, is a veteran. Elvira Mercado and her son, Jonathan Mendez, are purchasing one of the homes, which they will share with Jonathan’s daughter, Ashley. Girmachew Assefa, Azalech Abate and their two children are also purchasing their first home.
For these families, the journey to homeownership included homeownership education classes and completing 500 hours of “sweat equity,” volunteering with Habitat LA. Each family also has good credit and will pay back a zero-equivalent mortgage.
Thrivent Financial committed $225,000 and volunteer support to help build the Thriving Heights community. To date, the financial services company has partnered with Habitat LA to build 13 homes in greater Los Angeles. In addition, Habitat LA will recognize the contributions of Edison International and The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation to this project.
“We are looking forward to dedicating the Thrivent Heights Community so that these families can celebrate the holidays in their homes for the very first time.” says Erin Rank, President & CEO of Habitat LA. “The strength and stability that homeownership provides is a gift that will keep on giving for many years to come.”
Councilmen Ralph Franklin and Alex Padilla represented the City of Inglewood at the ceremony, toured the homes and met the families. Franklin noted that the families no longer have to live in cramped quarters, thanks to Habitat for Humanity, its donors and volunteers.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. As the top nonprofit homebuilder in the greater Los Angeles area with five consecutive Charity Navigator 4-Star ratings, Habitat LA has partnered with volunteers, donors and Habitat homeowners to build, renovate and repair more than 1,200 homes locally and worldwide since 1990. The lives of thousands of individuals have been transformed as a result of having a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage. By supporting Habitat LA through volunteerism, donations and supporting affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. To learn more, visit www.habitatla.org