Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) and the Long Beach Housing Development Company have partnered to build a newly constructed, affordable and sustainable home in honor of Honorable Mayor Bob Foster and sponsored by Edison International. In addition to sponsoring the home, Edison International volunteers have been helping to build it, with over 75 already participating and many more yet to do so.
Enrique and Sonya Lopez are the future homeowners and have been building with volunteers as part of their purchase agreement to complete 500 hours of “sweat equity.” Last Saturday, the Lopezes witnessed the amount of work completed by the Edison volunteers as well as the carpet installation provided by Mayor Foster, a former carpet installer some 30 years ago. The home has been named the “Mayor’s Build” home because of how hands-on he has been throughout the planning, fundraising and construction phases. The “Mayor’s Build” home is scheduled for completion this October.
“We are so thrilled that Edison International has embraced this home and this partner family,” said Erin Rank, President & CEO, HFH GLA. “Mayor Foster did not hesitate to lend his name to help us raise the walls of this home, as well as much needed funding, and thanks to his support Edison International came on board as a sponsor. Beyond what they’ve given financially to construct this beautiful home, Edison volunteers have consistently delivered three times the results we typically see in a day.”
Saturday’s work provided a variety of building opportunities for the volunteers, who worked on two homes in differing stages of construction. The “Mayor’s Build” home received finishing touches, including siding, flashing and carpet installation, while the home adjacent is still in the framing stages.
“Building the home continues to be a wonderful and rewarding collaborative experience,” said Les Starck, senior vice president, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison, subsidiary of Edison International. “As part of Edison International’s celebration of its 125th anniversary, we’re proud of our 125 volunteers who are working to complete the project that will make a significant difference in the lives of the Lopez family.”
The Lopez Family home marks the third of four homes being built in Long Beach’s first district and is the 36th Habitat for Humanity home being built in the city. The Lopezes work in Long Beach and currently live in a small, one-bedroom apartment with their three children. To partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, the Lopez Family qualified for a no-interest loan, having committed to their required hours of “sweat equity” toward building their home.