San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity (SGV Habitat for Humanity) was founded in 1990. The idea of starting a San Gabriel Valley affiliate came from John “Ace” Cain. Other early leaders of the new organization were Merwyn Fair, Patricia Myers, and Jack Conroy. They laid the groundwork for formation of the affiliate through a series of meetings held in 1989. As social justice advocates they viewed affordable housing as a matter of conscience, and they were committed to actions that would create more affordable housing in the San Gabriel Valley.

SGV Habitat is working toward the goal of completing its 75th home in the San Gabriel Valley by 2016, providing over 300 men, women and children with safe, decent, affordable shelter. The mortgage payments from Habitat families are deposited in the affiliate’s “Fund for Humanity” and are used to build additional houses. A gift to San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity is truly a gift that keeps on giving!

IMPORTANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR SGV HABITAT:

January 1991
A two-story duplex at 171 and 173 Maple Street in Pasadena was the first build for the new affiliate. Two families moved in upon completion of the homes in June 1992. These were the first Habitat houses completed in Los Angeles County.

October 1994
The second development was at 531-5331/2 Allen Street in Glendale. This four-unit condo complex (two duplexes) was finished in April 1995. These homes were built in partnership with the City of Glendale Department of Community Development and Housing.

July 1995
The largest build ever undertaken by SGV Habitat for Humanity was in Duarte. This development was located at 602 – 634 Euclid Avenue in Duarte and consisted of 16 condominium homes configured as eight duplexes. Building was completed in March 1998. Major support for this development came from the County of Los Angeles Community Development Commission.

April 2000
The fourth build took place in the City of El Monte where three separate houses were constructed on one lot at 2502- 2506 Burkett Street. Construction began in April 2000, and the new houses were ready for the families by March 2001. SGV Habitat for Humanity partnered in this development with the City of El Monte Department of Housing and Community Development.

March 2001
Four condominiums at 1256 South Orange Street in Glendale were started in March 2001 and completed in January 2002. The build was possible through a partnership with the City of Glendale Department of Housing and Community Development.

October 2003
Three condominiums at 1830 Gardena Street in Glendale were completed in October 2003. This was made possible by partnering with the City of Glendale Department of Housing and Community Development.

February 2004
A fourth Glendale project was built at 401–411 S. Pacific. Groundbreaking was in February 2004, and the four new homes were dedicated on November 19, 2005. This was accomplished in partnership of the City of Glendale Department of Housing and Community Development and the Glendale Housing Authority.

February 2006
Three more condominium homes were built at 900 and 904 E. Palmer Avenue and 1201 Cottage Grove. The development was launched at a groundbreaking ceremony on February 2006, and the homes were dedicated on September 2007. This fifth development in Glendale was made possible through a partnership with the Glendale Housing Authority and the Department of Housing and Community Development.

2007
San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity waged a successful Campaign to raise $1.1M and thus become eligible to build 11 condominium units at 711-717 N. Kenwood Street. Groundbreaking took place in 2007. Additional fundraising paid the costs of lifts for handicapped accessibility for two of the homes.

2008
The City of Monrovia initiated a partnership with San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity to build four new homes at 1214-1218 Sherman Avenue in Monrovia. Groundbreaking took place in the fall of 2008 and the homes were dedicated on March 6, 2010.

2009
In June of 2009, Glendale’s Housing Authority took unanimous action to enter into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity to build five homes at 624-630 Geneva Street. During the next 14 months, City and SGV Habitat for Humanity developed the details of a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) that advanced the project to DDA approvals, entitlements, fundraising and groundbreaking. $600,000 cash was raised and gifts-in-kind of building materials and pro bono services must be secured so that five more deserving, low-income families who live and/or work in Glendale will achieve the dream of homeownership. Geneva will be SGV Habitat for Humanity’s first “green” build.

2010
Sherman Homes were dedicated on March 6th and four wonderful families moved in.

The 15 Kenwood Homes were completed and dedicated on June 5th.

The affiliate launched Brush With Kindness (BWK), a new exterior repair program to help low-income homeowners make needed repairs and maintain safe living conditions.

2011
Ground was broken for the Geneva Homes on March 5th with an expected completion date of early 2012.

2012
On June 16th, 2012, we hosted a Dedication Ceremony for a new, five (5) unit, affordable home ownership project for low-income families in the City of Glendale. The Geneva Street construction project involves the development of five (5) new affordable homes at 624 Geneva Street for qualified low-income, first time home-buyers.