The dream of homeownership for three low-income families living in substandard housing comes a step closer March 15th when San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity breaks ground for the Chestnut Homes in Glendale. The lucky homebuyers will participate in the ceremonies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 806 Chestnut Street.
The detached three-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath homes with two-car garages will rise three stories on the 7,000 square-foot lot with a 50-foot frontage. This is the eighth Habitat development in Glendale. The city will hold silent second trust deeds fro the land upon which the homes will be built.
Director of Housing at the City of Glendale, Peter Zovak, says the city understands the importance of creating a healthy and inclusive community."Our city is fortunate to have developers and funding to help build affordable housing in Glendale. San Gabriel Valley Habitat has been one of the premiere developers that help accomplish this mission."
The three families screened and selected by SGV Habitat are first-time buyers who will not only make payments on a 0 percent mortgage but also contribute 500 hours of "sweat equity" in building their homes and those of their future neighbors. They also will become long-term partners with SGV Habitat to help others with low incomes (less than 80 percent of the median income of the area) realize the dream of homeownership.
"Habitat for Humanity builds and repairs houses all over the world using volunteer labor and community donations," says Sonja Yates, Executive Director of SGV Habitat. "The generosity of individuals and the community makes it possible to build homes within reach of those with limited income, even in our high-cost, land-constrained service area."
Groundbreaking for the Desiderio Homes in 2015 is eagerly awaited. These nine homes will be built in a courtyard of craftsman-style homes on the old Army Reserve site of the same name below the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena. Another two-home build in Pasadena is also in the development pipeline.
Meanwhile, SGV Habitat is seeking monetary and building-material donations as well as construction volunteers for the Chestnut build. Habitours of completed Habitat homes are available to people interested in learning more about how they can help.
Further information is available by calling SGV Habitat at 626-387-6899626-387-6899, Ext. 20.
SGV Habitat is working toward the goal of completing its 75th new home in the San Gabriel Valley and has repaired dozens of others. In addition to building and repairing homes, SGV Habitat operates two ReStores, building supply depots of new and used materials.
To get involved with the Chestnut Homes build, go to www.sgvhabitat.org or call 626-387-6899626-387-6899, Ext. 17.