Legal-name: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Address: 8739 Artesia Blvd.
Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Officer: Erin Rank, President & CEO
ContactName: Andrea B. Garcia
Title: Associate Director of Foundation Relations
GrantPurpose: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ (Habitat LA) Long Beach COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund has been created to provide emergency food, essential items, and financial resources to low- and very low-income families in the city of Long Beach who have been affected by school closures, illness, loss of income, or self-quarantine due to COVID-19.
Periodoftime: Three months (April – June 2020)
Audienceserved: Habitat LA will serve low-income people and families, people experiencing food insecurity, children, youth, and families. Funding provided by the Long Beach Community foundation will be used to serve households in the city of Long Beach, exclusively.
Demoofaudience: Families, individuals, all ages, low-income, very low-income, all ethnicities.
Numberofserved: 1,500 individuals, 500 households
District: District 1, District 6, District 7, District 8, & District 9,
Question1: Habitat LA envisions a world where every person has access to safe, decent, and affordable housing. We first launched our Disaster Recovery program in 2018 to help families rebuild after wildfires that destroyed hundreds of properties across Los Angeles County. In 2020, Habitat LA expanded the Disaster Recovery program and launched the COVID-19 Emergency Relief fund after recognizing that recent school closures, job losses, and illness have negatively impacted thousands of low-income families across Los Angeles County, many of whom were already struggling to make ends meet and maintain their homes.
Habitat LA will offer access to financial assistance, goods, and supplies to low- and very low-income families and individuals who have been negatively impacted by recent school closures, loss of income due to job loss or reduction in hours, illness, self-quarantine, and reduced incomes due to COVID-19. If awarded, funds from the Long Beach Community Foundation will be used to support Habitat LA Partner Families in the city of Long Beach. Partner families include households that have been served by or are in the process of applying to our new construction and critical home repair programs or financial literacy and homebuyer education workshops. Households in the Washington Neighborhood where we are working together with residents, non-profit organizations, the Administration of Washington Middle School, and the City of Long Beach to improve the quality of life, will also be invited to apply for assistance. If awarded, funds from the Long Beach Community Foundation will be used to provide financial assistance and necessary food and household goods to families that live in the city of Long Beach and Washington Neighborhood, exclusively.
In-person meetings and events held in the Washington Neighborhood have been temporarily postponed and canceled due to COVID-19. However, Habitat LA’s Neighborhood Revitalization team continues to speak with residents and partners in the community. Neighborhood Revitalization staff have communicated through phone calls, text messages, e-mails, and social media. Our team have shared important updates with residents and have helped them obtain food, unemployment, benefits and other resources as needed. Staff have also gauged residents’ mental well-being through personal messages and on social media.
Habitat LA’s COVID-19 Outreach Team will also reach out to partner families that have been served or are in the process applying to one of our programs. Staff will gauge partner families’ interest and needs and use this information to further-refine the program and determine the type and amount of assistance provided.
Question2: If awarded, funds from the Long Beach Community Foundation will be used to provide emergency food, essential items, and financial resources to low- and very low-income families served by Habitat LA in Long Beach. We anticipate providing short-term immediate assistance to families negatively impacted by school closures, loss of income, illness, or self-quarantine due to COVID-19. Assistance provided to families can include rental assistance ; financial assistance for critical needs including medical expenses; and groceries, cleaning supplies, and other critical household items and goods. Though the City of Long Beach has placed a moratorium on evictions, households will be required to pay any back-rent owed. To lessen future burdens on these families, Habitat LA will offer short-term rental assistance.
Families in need will be able to access services easily, with few barriers to entry. Habitat LA will require that each household requesting assistance self-certify their income and need for services as well as provide proof of residency. We anticipate that households will receive between $750 and $1,000 for rental assistance, $200 to assist with critical bills, and $250 in groceries and other critical items. To reduce costs, Habitat LA will work with past donors including grocery stores, to obtain donated and low-cost foods and household goods. We will also work with food banks that cannot deliver food to deliver food and goods to households in need. The amount received per household will vary according to their needs and size. The numbers presented are estimated averages. Habitat LA will serve approximately 500 households in Long Beach and the Washington Neighborhood.
Question3: Habitat LA will serve Partner Families that live in the city of Long Beach with short-term financial assistance to pay for rent, medical care, and other immediate needs and will provide groceries and other households goods as needed. Households served will be those low- and very low-income families that have been impacted by COVID-19 related school closures, loss of income, sickness, or self-quarantine. Habitat LA has served the city of Long Beach since its founding in 1990. We have built, repaired, and rehabilitated more than 75 homes in the city. The Washington Neighborhood in District 1 has been the focus of our Neighborhood Revitalization program since 2014. We have existing relationships with residents of the Washington Neighborhood, non-profits that serve the community, resident-led organizations, the administration of Washington Middle School, and the City of Long Beach. Our existing network of Partner Families and connections in the Washington Neighborhood will allow us to identify and serve families in need quickly and effectively.
Question4: Habitat LA has received the following commitments in support of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: $20,000
Question5: Sempra Energy Foundation – $50,000
LISC/Verizon Small Business Recovery Grant – $10,000