Safe, Affordable Housing is Top Priority for David E. Lin as Newly Appointed Chairman of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

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David E. Lin, VP of Wealth Management for Smith Barney in Manhattan Beach, CA, steps up his commitment to eliminate poverty housing in Greater Los Angeles.

David E. Lin, Vice President of Wealth Management for Smith Barney of Manhattan Beach was elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for Habitat of Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (http://www.habitatla.org,) replacing outgoing Chairman Jack Baringer. Lin, who began his involvement with Habitat for Humanity three years ago, has supported the organization by encouraging sponsorships and volunteerism from Smith Barney, his clients, and the community. During his tenure Lin will visit Mumbai, India, the location of this year’s Jimmy Carter Work Project, where the former president and his wife Rosalynn plan to build 100 homes with thousands of volunteers. The Greater Los Angeles affiliate will host the Jimmy Carter Work Project, considered the world’s most prominent event in the housing arena, in late 2007.

“As a volunteer for Habitat I’ve seen first hand how home ownership changes lives,” said David Lin, newly appointed Chairman of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. “Greater Los Angeles has more people living in substandard conditions than any other U.S. city and as chairman of the board I will do everything I can to help our families secure a safe place to call home.”

David Lin first became involved with Habitat as a volunteer and continues to involve his community, colleagues and clients in his commitment. Each year, a group of Financial Advisers and Client Service Assistants volunteer in the building of homes and develop special events to raise money and increase awareness of the need for safe and affordable housing.

“Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles is proud to have David as our Board Chair,” said Erin Rank, President/CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. David has an innate understanding of leadership, a commitment to the cause of affordable housing and a strong moral compass. His leadership will help prepare us for the growth ahead.”

David E. Lin took over as chairman on July 1st and will host a retreat with fellow board members July 29th to develop programs to raise funding, acquire land and materials, and work to address the tremendous need for safe, affordable housing in Greater Los Angeles. For more information please visit http://www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663.

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 and 70 communities within the City of Los Angeles. Habitat Partner Families earn 30 - 80 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

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