Lowe's and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to host Community Build Day and Kick Off Rehabilitation Project of Watts Area Home

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Lowe's, Hoy, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles hosting Community Build Day on July 10th in Conjunction with National Council of La Raza Conference on Health and Housing (LA Convention Center, July 8-11). An existing property will be rehabilitated and become new home to the Hernandez Family. A community festival will be held across the street from the site in Watts Tower Park.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (http://www.habitatla.org), Lowe’s, a national partner of Habitat for Humanity International, and HOY will host a Community Build Day in conjunction with the National Council of La Raza Conference being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, July 8-11.

WHAT: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Lowe’s, and HOY will kick-off a major rehabilitation of an existing property, which will become home to the Hernandez Family. Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn will speak at the event. The following organizations will pick up hammers with Habitat and Lowe’s for the Community Build Day: California La Raza Lawyers Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, Laborer’s Local 300, Latina Lawyers Bar Association, Latino City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Mexican American Bar Association and the National Latina Alliance.

WHEN:

July 10, 2006        

Media Event:    12:00 p.m.

Community Build Day activities: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

WHERE:    

Construction site: 1775 Santa Ana Blvd., Los Angeles

Media Event: Watts Tower Park (across the street from build site)

WHY: "Community Build Day” will raise awareness of the need for safe, decent, affordable housing in Los Angeles County. For the sixth consecutive quarter, Los Angeles remains the least affordable housing market in the U.S. Only 11 percent of its residents can afford to buy a home compared to the national homeownership average of 69 percent.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles:Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles serves 112 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County including 70 communities within the City of Los Angeles. Habitat Partner Families earn 30 percent of area median income. For Los Angeles County, that translates to as little as $20,800 / year for a family of four. Partner families must also meet the following requirements: demonstrated need for adequate shelter; ability to pay back a zero-interest loan; and willingness to partner with HFH GLA to invest 500 ‘sweat’ equity hours into building their home. http://www.habitatla.org

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, United Way of America, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities across the country. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2005 sales of $43.2 billion and has more than 1,250 stores in 49 states. For more information, visit Lowes.com/community.

Contacts:    

Shannon Valencia, Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA

310-323-4663, 213-446-2237

Mary Catherine Hamelin, HFH / Starfish P.R.

310-487-4185

Matt Nixon, Lowe’s

404-870-6788

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