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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

aka Habitat LA   |   Bellflower, CA   |  www.habitatla.org

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Mission

The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. We envision a world where every person has a decent place to live, and our mission was born from a tradition of radical inclusivity where people of all races, faiths, and backgrounds come together for a common cause.

Ruling year info

1987

President and CEO

Ms. Erin G. Rank

Main address

8739 Artesia Blvd

Bellflower, CA 90706 USA

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Formerly known as

Habitat for Humanity Southeast Los Angeles County

Habitat for Humanity South Bay/Long Beach

Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles

EIN

33-0416470

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Los Angeles County ranks as one of the least affordable housing areas in the U.S and remains in a protracted crisis across the housing continuum from emergency shelters to homeownership. The California Association of Realtors released its 2022 affordability report in April of 2023, which stated that families needed to earn at least $192,800 per year in order to afford the County’s 2022 median home price of $849,410 and that only 17% of households reached this threshold. The report also highlighted that 25% of white households and 22% of Asian households in Los Angeles County could afford a median-priced home, while only 10% of Latino households and 9% of Black households earned enough. The Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley also points to zoning ordinances hostile to density are now recognized for their role in thwarting the production of affordable housing, contributing to homelessness, and in sustaining racial and economic exclusion and segregation in California.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Home Preservation Program

Thousands of families in Los Angeles County live in homes in need of critical repairs and modifications. Each year, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) partners with families with low incomes to complete critical health and safety-related repairs, helping families to stay safe, stable, and healthy in their homes. Without financial support to complete the repairs, many of these families might remain in unsafe homes. In fiscal year 2023, Habitat LA completed critical home repairs in partnership with 93 families.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Los Angeles County ranked as one of the nation’s least affordable housing markets in the United States, and owning a home may seem next to impossible for many local families. That’s why Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) partners with first-time homebuyers to purchase homes with affordable mortgages. Habitat LA is the only organization dedicated to providing opportunities for limited income families to enter the market. Last year, 10 Habitat LA partner families became first-time homeowners of new homes, and we continue making affordable homeownership opportunities available throughout greater Los Angeles.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Taking a holistic approach to the communities we serve, our Neighborhood Revitalization program expands Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles' (Habitat LA) traditional partnerships with new homeowners and volunteers to include neighbors and local organizations. While home construction continues to play a vital role, the goal of the Neighborhood Revitalization program is to improve quality of life by increasing a sense of community and the opportunity for collective action through resident-led activities and initiatives, ultimately resulting in a far greater impact in the neighborhood.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles' (Habitat LA) Disaster Recovery program helps families rebuild and recover after natural disasters. The Habitat LA Home Preservation team helps families that have lost nearly everything in wildfires or the recent historic rains so that they may have the resources and support to rebuild, repair, and renew hope. In fiscal year 2023, Habitat LA served 20 families through this program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

While Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) partners with families to build and improve the places they call home, each family’s commitment to building a home with us starts long before they pick up a hammer. Through our series of pre- and post-purchase financial education workshops and one-on-one housing counseling with HUD-approved housing counselors, families learn the important skills they need to purchase a home and build generational wealth. In fiscal year 2023, Habitat LA served more than 700 individuals through workshops, counseling sessions, and community gatherings.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

At Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) we know that a family should never have to spend more than 30% of their income on a home. Unfortunately, nearly half of Los Angeles County renters must pay half or more of their income on a place to live. That is why Habitat LA encourages government, faith communities, corporations, and volunteers to raise their voices in support of public policy solutions that address the housing crisis here in Los Angeles County and across the globe. In fiscal year 2023, Habitat LA provided advocacy training workshops to 30 Habitat LA partner families, advocate for prioritized affordable housing and related policies through regional and national campaigns, and engage all partners to fight for equitable and affordable housing solutions.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

More than 300,000 veterans live and work in Los Angeles County, and that number is greater than any other county in the United States. Like many families, veterans may struggle to find and maintain decent and affordable housing. Since 2011, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) has supported more than 3,000 military members, veterans, and their families across all of our programs and services. We also invite them to partner with us as volunteers at construction sites, offices, ReStores, as leaders in the Veteran’s Advisory Committee (VAC), and as advocates at local Veteran events.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

4-Star Charity 2015

Charity Navigator

Affiliate of Distinction 2013

Habitat for Humanity

Affiliate of Distinction 2017

Habitat for Humanity

Affiliate of Distinction 2015

Habitat for Humanity

4-Star Charity 2021

Charity Navigator

4-Star Charity 2022

Charity Navigator

4-Star Charity 2023

Charity Navigator

Affiliations & memberships

Habitat for Humanity International 1990

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In our fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, Habitat LA engaged 3,471 individuals who offered their valuable time on new construction and repair projects, in our ReStores, and during events.

Number of houses built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Habitat LA builds new-construction and/or acquires and rehabilitates homes in partnership with low-income households.

Number of homes that have been repaired

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Home Preservation Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Households served through the Home Preservation, Critical Home Repair for Veterans, Disaster Relief, city-funded programs, and minor beautification services.

Number of individuals who participate in Financial Education services.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Financial Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Habitat LA provides pre- and post-purchase financial education workshops and one-on-one housing counseling with a HUD-approved housing counselor.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Habitat LA hopes to accomplish its mission through several core areas of focus. First, we build and rehabilitate homes, and we are the largest and most successful nonprofit builder of affordable homes in Los Angeles County. In our last fiscal year alone, we completed 37 new and rehabilitated homes with the help of our partner homeowners and 2,500 volunteers—our homes are built with 85% volunteer labor. Notably, we include many green building practices such as Energy Star® appliances, low flow plumbing fixtures, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, solar energy systems, and drought tolerant landscaping, to name a few.

We also partner with nearly 100 homeowners with low incomes each year, including many Veterans, to complete critical health and safety related repairs. Our home preservation program offers a broad range of services—often including a new roof or windows, a modified bathroom for greater accessibility, or an updated heating and cooling system—that these families might not otherwise be able to afford, while at the same time reducing blight in their neighborhoods. This ensures that families can continue living in safe, decent homes for years to come and is of particular importance given the aging housing stock in the Los Angeles region, with some estimates stating that the average Los Angeles home is 56 years old.

Finally, and the foundation of our work, we put families and individuals on the road to homeownership. In addition to being a general contractor to ensure the best quality construction, rehabilitation, and repairs for homeowners with low incomes, we are a US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-certified housing counseling agency, a lender, and a real estate broker. These tools allow us to empower more than 400 potential homebuyers and homeowners each year. Not only are Habitat LA homes sold to partner homebuyers at no profit and financed with affordable loans, but we also offer pre-purchase and post-purchase (non-delinquency) education and counseling. In addition to providing a down payment of just 1% of the home’s purchase price purchase price and paying an affordable monthly mortgage payment, Habitat partner homeowners invest sweat equity hours building their future Habitat home and the homes of other homebuyers.

For our new construction developments, Habitat LA uses a typical approach to project management to remain on schedule and on budget. We currently have 10 active projects in our development pipeline ranging in size from 1 to 36 units. We break our projects down into major milestones such as construction start date, completion date, utilities installed, and certificate of occupancy received, and track as percent completed. Our director of construction utilizes Project Plan365 software to maintain project schedules and track progress, our finance team uses Timberline to track all costs, and we review all project budgets on a monthly basis.

For our Home Preservation program, Habitat LA measures its success by the number of minor and major home repair projects completed, including disaster recovery projects and those provided to Veteran homeowners throughout the fiscal year. We develop a scope of work for each project, document progress with before and after photos, and Habitat LA’s Home Preservation team completes surveys with each household that receives services about their experience. As one example of our work with Veterans, the Habitat LA construction team visited the home of Barbara in Pico Rivera in 2022. Our team assessed her home and Barbara, the widow of a United States Marine who was killed during combat in the Vietnam War, required much needed repairs to her roof. “When it would rain, we would have to put pans on the stove because the water was coming down. There were leaks in the restroom too,” said Barbara. Unable to afford these critical repairs herself, Habitat LA’s team stepped in to complete the improvements to her satisfaction, allowing her to remain there safely for years to come.

We measure the impact of our Homeownership Program for those families who become Habitat partner homeowners and others looking to purchase a home elsewhere or at some time in the future. Parallel to our construction timelines is our homebuyer timelines for families who will live in our new homes, including pre-outreach, outreach and pre-eligibility, the application process, homebuyer selection, pre-escrow, and escrow closing. This ensures that families are not only ready to move in once a Habitat LA home is completed, but that they are also not waiting for their homes to be completed once they are qualified. Provided to our partner families and others, the success of our financial education program is measured by the number of households that complete homebuyer or financial literacy education workshop series, the number of workshops provided, and the number of housing counseling sessions conducted. Individual success is measured through pre- and post-course surveys that measure changes in each household’s understanding of financial terms and concepts and any increases in the household’s self-reported ability to save.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) was founded in 1990 and is one of more than 1,100 Habitat for Humanity International affiliates working in local communities in all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Our history began as Habitat for Humanity South Bay-Long Beach, which merged with two other affiliates to become Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles in 2005. As a testament to our strength as partners and homebuilders, in 2017, Habitat for Humanity International approved an expansion of our service area into the Santa Clarita, San Fernando, and Antelope Valleys, which had been vacated by a former affiliate.

Now serving 85% of Los Angeles County, Habitat LA is in a remarkable time of expansion, completing 10 homes in late 2022 and breaking ground on another 36 (our largest development yet) in Long Beach, completing the first phase of an 8-home development in South Los Angeles, and preparing for significant building opportunities in the Antelope Valley. We also continue to deepen our traditional partnership with homeowners and volunteers to include neighbors and local organizations for a far greater impact in the communities we serve through neighborhood revitalization.

Erin Rank is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Habitat LA. Under her more than two decades of leadership, we have helped build new affordable homes in partnership with thousands of volunteers each year, and she has led the organization to be the top nonprofit Residential Home Builder in Los Angeles several years in a row.
She has held several leadership positions for Habitat for Humanity International, served as the Board Chair of Housing California, and was recently named to the Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Advisory Council. Erin has built homes in countries all around the world, and last year she celebrates her

Since our founding, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) has built, rehabilitated, or repaired 1,450 homes in neighborhoods across greater Los Angeles, and we currently serve more than 5,000 individuals each year through all of our activities.

In fiscal year 2023 alone, Habitat LA was able to reach several important milestones, including the following:

•Completed 25 new or rehabilitated homes for first-time homebuyers with low incomes.

•Acquired sites to build an additional 85 homes.

•Provided critical home repairs to 93 families, including Veterans.

•Offered homeownership education, counseling, and referrals to nearly 250 individuals

•Hosted or participated in 48 community events and projects in diverse communities to engage community members and share information about our programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Board of directors
as of 03/04/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/18/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/18/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.