Posted by Wes Bradford on Nov 21, 2017

Helen Dosta has been the Director of Habitat for Humanity in Los Angeles for 6 years. 800 homes have been built by Habitat LA in the last 25 years. Habitat is building 10 houses in the 405/Sepulveda area in Culver City, with the help of 5 participating Rotary clubs including PV Sunset.

Los Angeles is one of the least affordable housing areas in the US, with high costs and overcrowding. Habitat's goal is eliminating substandard housing and providing decent sustainable and affordable housing for everyone. Habitat for Humanity provides affordable home ownership programs for families earning 30-80% of the median family income. Habitat coordinates volunteers, participating families, corporations, congregations and donors to enable home ownership for hard-working low-income families.

Habitat LA renovates as well as builds homes. Homeowners must provide down payment and monthly mortgage payments and invest "sweat equity" hours working on their future home and homes of other Habitat home buyers. Habitat homes are sold at no profit and financed with affordable loans. Educational resources help to promote financial independence. “Green building” principles are used to promote environmental and health sustainability. Many community organizations and individuals donate time, skills, materials and household items. The “ReStore” sells donated household items from contractors, companies, movie & television studios and individuals, and is open 7 days a week. Volunteers are needed for sorting, selling and computer work.

Habitat LA needs volunteers on its construction sites, in the offices, for special events, and in the ReStores. Signing up and confirming your volunteer date can be done on the website at