Supervisor Katrina Foley of the County of Orange Board of Supervisors announced $100,000 in new funding to the non-profit at its “Framing Day”, held in Santa Ana, bringing critical funds to the organization’s mission to make homeownership possible for Orange County’s workforce
Santa Ana, CA – Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (Habitat OC) has announced a new $100,000 funding allocation from Supervisor Katrina Foley’s office to support its mission of eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes. As the moderate-income workforce of Orange County continues to feel the effects of a tightening economy, Habitat OC is working to move their mission forward by advocating for fair and just housing policies, and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their living conditions.
Announced at Habitat OC’s “Framing Day”, over 100 volunteers, sponsors, staff and community leaders heard the special announcement when sponsors traded in their typical day job for hammers and hardhats to volunteer for the two-home construction build project in the City of Santa Ana. As part of the day’s events, Supervisor Katrina Foley stepped up to the podium and shared her own personal story of how housing instability affected her childhood and education; and thereby became a catalyst to her leadership style as she understands the hardships of the workforce community and the importance of creating avenues to homeownership.
“We had a milestone Framing Day in Santa Ana,” said Monique Davis, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. “County Supervisor Katrina Foley shared how housing security was such a deeply personal issue from her own youth and how critically important it is to her that affordable housing is addressed within Orange County. Her support of our mission along with the generous grant of $100,000 will continue to help drive our vision for homeownership forward here in Orange County. We’re thankful and honored to earn this level of support from our County Supervisors.”
Habitat OC has built, remodeled or refurbished nearly 500 Habitat for Humanity workforce homes in Orange County. These projects include new construction, resales and home repairs. In 2022, the organization will have completed six new home building projects in the city of Stanton and two in Santa Ana, where there previously stood an empty lot, creating a blight to the neighborhood. The organization’s efforts support individuals, families, and communities. In addition, the Habitat OC Home Repair team has completed over 50 critical home repairs for neighbors in need throughout the region this year. These repairs include roofs, water heaters, floor replacements and other critical home repairs that have been deferred under the pressure of rising inflation.
Habitat OC funds much of their work through the Habitat for Humanity ReStore retail locations. These stores in Santa Ana and Anaheim are a thrifting treasure trove of gently loved furniture, art, fixtures, appliances, as well as overstock home-building and remodeling materials. A visit to these ReStore locations is ever-changing as new inventory cycles through daily. Through donations and purchases, funding is provided to further the organization’s mission to bring people together to build homes, community and hope.
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their living conditions.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations are in Santa Ana (2140 Ritchey St., Santa Ana, CA 92705) and Anaheim (1656 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802). For more information, visit www.habitatoc.org or connect with the organization on social, @habitatoc and for Habitat ReStore, @habitatocrestore.
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