The 4th Annual General Hospital Fan Build Day! A Salute to John Ingle

Saturday, February 09, 2013




What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families and individuals in need, as well as hope, lives and communities. Habitat for Humanity has built more than 400,000 houses around the world, providing more than 2 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

How are the Partner Homeowners Selected?
Habitat partner homeowners are selected through an application process that evaluates:

    • Level of need (through home visits, interviews, etc.)
    • Willingness to partner with HFH by spending up to 500 hours of "sweat equity" building their home and/or the homes of their neighbors as a down payment
    • Ability to pay back a zero-interest mortgage loan
    • Homeowners must be coping with substandard living conditions that relate to overcrowding, dangerous living conditions such as gang violence, or lack of adequate heating, water, electricity, or bathroom facilities

How does it work?
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families and individuals. HFH houses are sold to partner homeowners at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more HFH houses. HFH is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor -- "sweat equity" -- into building their HFH house and the houses of others.

What is Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity (HFHFH)?
Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity (HFHFH) is an entertainment industry partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) that launched in 2000 with a 20 house "blitz build." HFHFH was founded by Screenwriter, Director and Producer Randall Wallace (Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, Secretariat) to encourage the entertainment industry to support Habitat for Humanity's goal of eliminating substandard housing worldwide. HFHFH works with talent and industry leaders who support the organization through donations, volunteer hours and advocacy. Thousands of volunteers from the entertainment industry have helped build homes in the United States and around the world.

Are houses built by HFH GLA energy efficient (or are "green building" methods used in construction?)
HFH GLA is among a growing number of Habitat for Humanity affiliates that is incorporating Green Building elements that improve the affordability and sustainability for homeowners and the communities in which they live. We bring pragmatic aspects of affordable housing and Green Building to create tangible benefits like cost-savings and upkeep for families. HFH GLA is building long-lasting partnerships with recognized leaders in Green Building to create sustainable communities that improve the quality of life for homeowners now and in the future. Our ReStore diverts millions of pounds away from area landfills each year and works with deconstruction construction companies as well.

If I don't live in Los Angeles, how can I volunteer in my home town?
With more than 1,700 affiliates across the US and in more than 100 countries worldwide, every seven minutes, Habitat for Humanity helps a family improve their housing situation, in communities just like yours. If you are interested in volunteering locally with your home town Habitat for Humanity affiliate, please Click Here


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