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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Selected for ‘Affiliate of Distinction’ Honor for its Service and Innovation

AOD2Los Angeles, CA – March 26, 2013Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) has been selected as one of seven “Affiliates of Distinction” by Habitat for Humanity International.

The Affiliates of Distinction program was established this year by Habitat for Humanity to honor those Habitat affiliates that meet or exceed best-practice standards.

“We are extremely honored to be acknowledged as one of the Inaugural Affiliates of Distinction,” said Erin Rank, president and CEO, HFH GLA. “This award belongs to all of the staff, Board Members and volunteers who carry out our work with passion and integrity every day. We applaud the work of Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the nation, and we are proud to be part of this ministry.”

Watch a video with Erin Rank talking about this honor here.

Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated nearly 800 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of thousands of hardworking families and individuals. HFH GLA has developed programs that engage local industries and partners to increase its ability to serve more Angelenos, including helping veterans to purchase affordable housing and assisting current homeowners with home repairs.  Through Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity, a program of HFH GLA, the entertainment industry has rallied to support Habitat’s mission through funding, volunteering and advocacy.  HFH GLA also has two area ReStores, which serve as self-sustaining funding sources by accepting new and used donations that are resold to the community, while helping to keep tons of materials out of local landfills.

Habitat affiliates considered for the honor were reviewed by seven criteria: sustainable and green building; overall organizational leadership; community development; financial sustainability; alignment with Habitat for Humanity’s strategic plan; effective use of technology to better communication with the public; and support for Habitat’s global mission.

“We are incredibly thankful for the extraordinary efforts and service of these first seven Affiliates of Distinction,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “Their innovative thinking and commitment to decent, affordable housing helps many families control their long-term housing costs and contributes to the development of strong, sustainable communities.”

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated nearly 800 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit http://www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at http://buildingagreaterla.blogspot.com.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.

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Contacts:

Jo-An Turman

HFH GLA

T: 424-246-3175

jturman@habitatla.org

 

Angela Moore

Starfish PR

T: 310-429-8868

angela@starfish-pr.com