The House That General Hospital Fans Built

Saturday, December 04, 2010


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 in need, as well as hope, lives and communities. Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
How does it work?
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. Habitat 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 Habitat house and the houses of others.
How are the Families Selected?
Habitat homeowner families are selected through an application process that evaluates:
    • Level of need (through home visits, interviews, etc.)
    • Willingness to partner with Habitat by spending 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
    • Families 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
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 (HFHGLA) that launched in 2000 with a 20 house "blitz build." HFHFH was founded by Screenwriter/Director Randall Wallace (Braveheart, We Were Soldiers) 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 HFHGLA energy efficient (or are "green building" methods used in construction?)
HFHGLA 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. HFHGLA is building long-lasting partnerships with recognized leaders in Green Building to create sustainable communities that improve the quality of life for families now and in the future. Our Home Improvement Store 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 over 1,700 affiliates across the US and in more than 100 countries worldwide, every ten 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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