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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Transforms Seven Blighted Homes in South Gate and Celebrates with New Homeowners in Dedication Ceremony

South Gate Mayor, HUD representative, City Officials, Volunteers& New Partner Homeowners Join in Ribbon Cutting Event

Los Angeles, CA – November 21, 2012: The Neighborhood Stabilization Program2 (NSP2) was established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to stabilize neighborhoods whose viability has been and continues to be damaged by foreclosed and abandoned properties. Through the NSP2 program, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA)has partnered with the City of South Gate to purchase 32 foreclosed homes; rehabilitate them with volunteer support and sell them to qualified low-income homebuyers.NSP2 has allowed HFH GLA to serve more families and individuals in greater Los Angeles through the rehabilitation of more than 100 homes and contribute to the area economy by utilizing the services of local companies.

“We are so thrilled for our new partner homeowners and we feel blessed to share in this wonderful new chapter in these family’s lives,” said Erin Rank, President & CEO, HFH GLA. “It’s been rewarding to partner with these hardworking families and the City of South Gate.”

South Gate’s new homeowners are:

Wilfredo Ceballos

The De La Garza Family

The Hernandez Family

The Hicks Family

The Krich Family

The Mendoza Family

The Rivas Family

To qualify for homeownership, these new homeowners donated at least 200 hours of sweat equity building their homes, or other Habitat homes; they attended home buyer education classes and have agreed to pay back a zero-interest loan.

South Gate Mayor Bill De Witt and Ray Brewer, HUD LA Field Office Director spoke at the event held at the South Gate Park Girls Club House.  Other special guests in attendance included Steven Lefever, Director of Community Development from the City of South Gate;Abel Torres, Housing and Grants Analyst, City of South Gate; HFH GLA board member Gerry Bross, and Larry Schroeder from Malarkey Roofing.

L.A. County remains one of the least affordable places to live and more than half of its residents live below the poverty level. Since 1990, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles has built or renovated nearly 800 homes locally and internationally. Partnerships with South Gate and programs such as NSP2, along with volunteer builders, make it possible for HFH GLA to build hope, lives and communities.

Habitat for Humanity would like to thank all of its partners for making this dedication possible including HUD,the NSP2 program and the City of South Gate.  Additional in-kind partners Malarkey Roofing, Whirlpool, Valspar, Kohler, Dow, Simpson Strong Tie, US Air Conditioning and Square D also provided valuable services and materials.

Rank added: “We wish these families many happy years in their new Habitat for Humanity homes.”

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 or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at

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