Trust Company of the West (TCW) Sponsors Home for Local Family in New Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

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TCW investment firm donates in excess of $100,000 & employees volunteer to build Habitat home for the Gonzalez family of Los Angeles.

Trust Company of the West (http://www.tcw.com) is teaming with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (http://www.habitatla.org) as a full home sponsor for the Gonzalez Family as part of its company wide commitment to the community. TCW will donate in excess of $100,000 (the cost for one Habitat home) and employees will volunteer their time to build alongside Habitat volunteers and the Gonzalez’ through October 2006. The kick off begins Friday, August 18 at 8:00 am with a short presentation featuring TCW managing director Lou Lucido, Habitat president/CEO Erin Rank and the Gonzalez family.

WHO: Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. & Trust Company of the West

WHAT: TCW Home sponsorship for Gonzalez Family kick-off dedication and build event

WHEN: Friday, August 18, 2006 (photo ops beginning at 9:30 am)

Volunteer Building 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Presentation 9:30 am to 10 am

WHERE: 434 & 440 112th Street, Los Angeles

WHY: TCW chose to become a Habitat home sponsor because of Habitat’s history of completed projects throughout the world. TCW shares Habitat’s commitment to providing safe, affordable housing for hardworking families. TCW will donate in excess of $100,000 and its employees will volunteer their time to build alongside the Gonzalez family over the next three months. The City of Los Angeles Housing Department donated the 112th Street property after another developer abandoned the project.

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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