October 23, 2016

Los Altos Ministry News

Habitat for Humanity to build 38 Homes in Long Beach

In just a few short months, the ground breaking will begin on one of Habitat for Humanity’s largest development projects in greater Los Angeles, and it’s happening right in our own city, Long Beach. A one-acre, vacant lot in the Washington neighborhood in Long Beach, will be transformed into 38 future homes. This neighborhood is just a few blocks north of the city’s downtown improvement area. A couple of the great attributes to the neighborhood are the 14th Street Park; proximity to the Blue Line and its proximity to one of the city’s best high schools. There are already other Habitat homes in this same neighborhood. Habitat for Humanity is not a stranger to Long Beach. In fact, Habitat for Humanity LA got its start in Long Beach, building its first home here in 1990. Since then, Habitat LA has built or renovated 75 homes in our city over the last 24 years. Habitat for Humanity’s vision is: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. More than 51% of the Washington neighborhood residents live below the poverty line, and projects like these can help to transform a neighborhood. The 38 homes will be a combination of 2 and 3 bedroom, solar-ready homes with drought tolerant yards, energy efficient heating systems and low flow plumbing fixtures.

Los Altos UMC is excited about this new project and hopes to team up with other area churches to be supportive of this effort by becoming a Covenant Faith Partner over the next 5-years. Being a partner is more than just helping financially and volunteering. We will also partner to pray for the project, to help with finding low-income families who are in need of decent, affordable homes and to become advocates through collaboration with other churches and partners.

Los Altos UMC has been actively supporting Habitat for Humanity for many years. Church members have been given the opportunity to financially support this program through the annual Alternative Christmas Market, and members have gone out to numerous build-sites to help with the construction of new homes and the refurbishment of older homes. We have already been meeting with Seal Beach First United Methodist and Cal Heights UMC to collaborate on this project and give residents in this community a hand-up and a fresh start.

Visit the Habitat table at this year’s Alternative Christmas Market on November 20 to find out more about this exciting project, or let the church office know if you’d like to become more involved.

“In Him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.” Ephesians 2:21