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!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bishop Diego High School volunteers at the ReStore

On Saturday, November 10th Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County welcomed a hardworking group of students from Bishop Diego High School at the Habitat ReStore.



They were a joy to be with and a pleasure to work alongside. Here at Habitat we're thankful for their commitment to giving back to the community!

Interested in volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Santa Barbara? Our next volunteer orientation will take place Saturday, December 8th at 10am. More details can be found here.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Meet a Habitat for Humanity Partner Family: The Villarreals



Over the course of the following year we will introduce a new partner family each month.

Habitat fr Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County is proud to partner with Rima Villarreal on the construction of her new home. Rima is a single mother of Shane, age 4, and Rubin, 4 months. Raised in Lompoc, Rima attended UC San Diego before moving to Santa Barbara in the spring of 2011. She works for the City of Santa Barbara at the Downtown Public Library.  
In November of 2011, as she was pregnant with her second son, Rima and Shane moved into an emergency housing shelter. They lived at this shelter until March of 2012 when they moved into a transitional home at St. Vincent's. Rima gave birth to Rubin in July and the three  currently share a communal cottage with four women and six other children.    

Rima and her family will move into one of the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes when they are completed in 2014. A new Habitat home will mean a safe and permanent home for the family, a place where Shane and Rubin can grow, thrive, and feel secure. 

Like all Habitat partner families, Rima will purchase her home with a no-interest mortgage and monthly payments made to fit within 35% of her annual income. Early next year she will begin contributing “sweat equity” hours on the construction of the new home.