Kylie put out a call to action on her social media informing fans that a portion of all proceeds from products purchased at KylieCosmetics.com on her birthday would be donated to Habitat LA. The response was overwhelming, and Habitat LA is excited to announce that enough money was raised to fund an entire home. In addition to becoming a house sponsor, Kylie Jenner will help build the home alongside its future homeowners during a special build day with family and friends, to be announced. Kylie Jenner’s sponsored home is one of ten homes currently being built in Culver City.
“We are moved by the generous gift we have received from Ms. Jenner,” said Erin Rank, President and CEO, Habitat LA. “Through the power of social media, she not only introduced the work of Habitat for Humanity to millions of people to inform them of our mission, she will also make a lasting impact in the lives of a family in Los Angeles. We cannot thank Ms. Jenner enough and look forward to building in partnership with her and our partner homeowners.”
“I feel so blessed in my life and being able to pay it forward on a special day like my birthday has been so rewarding,” said Kylie Jenner. “Habitat LA is an amazing organization that helps provide housing for families in need and I can’t wait to meet the deserving family and help build the home alongside them in Culver City!”
Habitat LA partners with families and individuals in Greater Los Angeles to provide a “hand up” not a hand out. The journey to homeownership includes trainings and classes through Habitat LA’s Family Investment Program, as well as completing 500 hours of sweat equity building their own home and the homes of other future homeowners. Kylie Jenner’s donation will fund the construction of an entire home, and its homeowners will purchase the home and pay back an affordable mortgage, which will then be used to build future Habitat homes. For Habitat LA homeowners, their monthly mortgage payment is typically much less than the rent they were paying prior to homeownership. Habitat LA has a less than one percent default rate in its nearly 30-year history, and because the homeowners build their homes they remain in the family for multiple generations.
Habitat LA has committed $100 million toward increasing access to affordable homeownership opportunities and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout greater Los Angeles by 2020 as part of its Building a Greater Los Angeles campaign. This investment will benefit the local economy by building strong and stable homes in partnership with families, individuals, volunteers, municipalities and donors, which will bring strength and stability to local communities throughout greater Los Angeles.