Habitat LA Catholic Coalition

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Habitat LA Catholic Coalition

10/8/20 | Volunteer, Matthew 25, Service | by American Martyrs Church

The Catholic Coalition of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles was founded in 2014 to bring Catholic churches, schools and organizations together across greater Los Angeles to support Habitat LA’s mission of putting God’s love into action to build homes, communities and hope. 

    The Catholic Coalition of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles was founded in 2014 to bring Catholic churches, schools and organizations together across greater Los Angeles to support Habitat LA’s mission of putting God’s love into action to build homes, communities and hope.  Since that time, the coalition has given local Catholic communities, including American Martyrs, an opportunity to make a difference by sponsoring and building homes to help families in need transition from substandard, poverty housing to safe, decent, healthy and affordable homes.  

    Thus far, the Catholic Coalition has taken the initiative to raise funds and provide the volunteer labor to build eight homes for Catholic families in need in Culver City (1 home), Lynwood (1 home), Carson (1 ADU) and Long Beach (5 homes).  This important partnership between the Catholic Coalition and Habitat LA is providing families another option to change the trajectory of their lives, and an ability to thrive by having a home of their own!

    American Martyrs Parishioners can help support the Catholic Coalition in a variety of ways by:

    • Praying for the home, future homeowners and all who will help build it;
    • Participating in an American Martyrs Home Build, traditionally on Palm Saturday, or on another Catholic Coalition Home Build;
    • Helping raise a portion of the funds needed to construct the home that goes to a deserving Catholic family;
    • Recruiting parishioners to help volunteer to build the home;
    • Serving lunch to building volunteers;
    • Educating fellow parishioners about the need for affordable housing in Los Angeles and around the world;
    • Joining a planning committee to help with behind-the-scenes needs.

    The Catholic Coalition steering committee meets once per quarter from 7-8:30 p.m., and parishioners interested in learning more are invited to attend.

    If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved, please contact:

    • Barry Smith, American Martyrs parishioner at or
    • Chris Untiet, Habitat LA Director of Faith Relations at