Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Habitat ReStore Steal of the Week

Every week the Habitat ReStore puts one item on deep discount as the Steal of the Week.

This week's Steal of the Week is a beautiful 9-Light Chandelier. It was $230, now just $50.

The Steal of the Week is valid through the close of business on Saturday. The item must be paid in full and removed from the store at the time of purchase. Holds are not allowed on Steal of the Week merchandise.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
6860 Cortona Drive, Suite A
Goleta, CA  93117
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am to 5pm

Friday, August 1, 2014

Construction update on the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes

Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County is 85% complete with construction. In July Habitat welcomed volunteer groups from Curvature, Procore, and Reality Church, as well as many individuals, who helped prime, paint, hang drywall, install base board and much more at the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes site. 

Construction progress at the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes site. 

Volunteers from Curvature pose for a group photo.

Volunteers from ProCore working on the 2nd floor balcony railing. 

Volunteers from Reality Church pose before the workday begins. 

Volunteers provide a bulk of our labor and allow Habitat to keep construction costs at a minimum. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who have helped with framing, insulation, drywall, painting and much more. We are able to provide permanent and affordable housing for low-income families because of your time and support.

We are in the final weeks of construction. If you haven't volunteered yet, there is still time. Individual volunteers can sign up for shifts directly online.  If you are interested in confirming a group workday for your business or organization, please contact Habitat by email or at 692-2226.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Meet a Partner Family: The Rodriguez Family

Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County is proud to partner with Luis and Magdalia Rodriguez in the construction of their new home.

Luis and Magdalia are the parents of two young children, Abraham and Ximena. The parents have lived and worked in Santa Barbara for the past 15 years but have struggled to afford the high cost of housing. To make ends meet the family of 4 rents out a bedroom in a larger home. They look forward to shortly own one of the two-bedroom homes that Habitat for Humanity is currently building on Canon Perdido Street. 

Like all Habitat for Humanity partner families, Luis and Magdalia will buy their home with a no-interest mortgage and monthly payments made to fit within 35% of their total family income. They have begun contributing "sweat equity" hours on the construction of their new home and are enrolled in Habitat's Homeownership Readiness Curriculum.  


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Breaking Ground on 12 New Homes

On Wednesday, December 12th Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County broke ground on 12 new affordable homes for low-income families in Santa Barbara. The 12 home development will provide safe and affordable housing for 43 people, including 20 children. 

Mayor Helene Schneider, Fire Chief Andrew DiMizio, Montecito Bank and Trust CEO and President Janet Garufis, and Pastor Colleen Hurley-Bates participated in the ceremony which was attended by donors, corporate partners, volunteers, family mentors, and each of the 12 new partner families. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Meet a Habitat Partner Family: The Lintons

Lars and Emily Linton can't wait to pay their mortgage because it will be a brighter future for their young family. 

Bobby McGee Photography
Lars and Emily Linton graduated from UCSB and married in 2007. Today they are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters—Lydia, age 2½, and Lindy Grace, age 4 months. After receiving a PhD in sociology, Lars works full time as an assistant pastor. Until recently, Emily taught at Coastline Christian Academy in Goleta.

Even with their two combined incomes, Lars and Emily could not afford to buy a home in Santa Barbara. Instead, they rent a small two-bedroom apartment on the east side of Santa Barbara. The apartment has had a series of sewage and mold problems. Lars and Emily recently spent months sleeping on a mattress on the living room floor after the walls of their bedroom warped from sewage backing up from the street.

The Lintons heard about the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes through a friend’s email. The family attended the first of six information meetings for interested homeowners at the Eastside Library. Seeing the hundreds of other families in need of an affordable home, Lars and Emily were apprehensive about their chance of selection, but recognized it was an opportunity they shouldn’t pass up.

Learning they were selected to be homeowners was a bright light during a very dark period. Baby Lindy Grace was born at Cottage Hospital in July of 2012. Hours after her delivery, Lindy was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. At 11 days old, she had open heart surgery and spent a total of seven weeks in the UCLA Medical Center and at Cottage Hospital’s NICU. It was an emotional and scary time for the family, to say the least. Lindy will need additional heart surgeries in her future.

A new Habitat home will mean a safe, secure home where Lydia and Lindy can play and grow without the worry of mold or other problems in their residential environment.

Like all Habitat partner families, Lars and Emily will buy their home with a no-interest mortgage and monthly payments made to fit within 35% of their income. Early next year, they will begin contributing "sweat equity" hours on the construction of their new home.

This holiday season, the Lintons have new-found hope for their future!