Community Partnerships Bring New Home to Phoenix Family in Need

May 9, 2013

NSP Image for News ReleasesHabitat for Humanity Central Arizona (HFHCAZ), in partnership with the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Stabilization and YouthBuild programs and Wells Fargo, is providing a Phoenix family with a new LEED Platinum certified home.  The land for this home was provided by the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Stabilization Program, previously the site of a dilapidated, vacant foreclosed house.

Phoenix Vice Mayor Bill Gates, along with representatives from HFHCAZ and Wells Fargo, will host a dedication ceremony for the family at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at 422 E. Las Palmaritas Drive in Phoenix.  "This is another great example of a project that really works for our community," said Vice Mayor Gates.  "It encourages volunteerism, prepares low-income youth for the job market, promotes sustainability and opens the door to homeownership for a hardworking family.  It's a win for all."

Habitat for Humanity helps families achieve home ownership through building their own home using volunteer labor and donations and offering zero-interest affordable monthly mortgage payments.  This home on Las Palmaritas Drive was built for the Woldemariam/Balcha family.  In addition to providing the land for the home, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program is providing the family with home buyer education and $15,000 in purchase assistance.

Youth from the Phoenix YouthBuild program assisted with construction of the home.  YouthBuild is a program that provides disadvantaged or at-risk youth with hands-on green construction experience, job readiness skills and credit for a GED or high school diploma.  Wells Fargo supported the construction costs; bank volunteers assisted with the home's construction and made improvements to the surrounding neighborhood.

This home’s green features are supported by the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation, American Solar Electric and Hamilton Sunstrand.  The newly built LEED Platinum certified home complements a number of other neighborhood revitalization efforts that the city is undertaking with the community.

For more information on how you can help hard-working families in need of affordable housing in the Phoenix-Metropolitan area, visit  For additional information on the Phoenix Neighborhood Stabilization Program, call 602-262-6602 or email

Media Contacts:

Todd Rogers
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona

Barbara Frazier
City of Phoenix