Last Friday, Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, hosted their 19th annual Home for the Holidays fundraising event. Established in 1991 in Clark County, the nonprofit builds single-family homes for working families earning less than 80% of Area Median Income. The home is sold at no profit through a zero-interest mortgage. Families volunteer their labor to help build Habitat homes, including the one they will eventually purchase.
"Our city is currently experiencing the worst affordable housing crisis it has ever seen, so it is imperative that we act now and identify ways to build more," said Angela Phillips, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas.
The event is hosted at Obsidian, a Blue Heron community. Event sponsors included TRUFUSION, City National Bank, Spirit, Nigro Construction, Sky Vista Consulting, Ballard Spahr L.L.P, engin8, US Bank, and Phyllis A. James.
Last Saturday, Habitat for Humanity completed the framing of its 119th home in Southern Nevada with the assistance of Wells Fargo volunteers.
At the event, we learned about the story of The Paredes Family, the homeowner of the 118th home.
Carmen was born in Las Vegas, but at 2 years old, her parents moved back to Mexico. In 2015, at the age of 19, she moved back to Las Vegas and met her husband, Dionisio, shortly after moving. Carmen then began attending the Clark County School District's Adult Education program during the day to learn English and working at nights. In 2021, she graduated with her GED diploma.
Dionisio and Carmen are currently living in a mobile home with their two sons, Angel and Eli. The mobile home does not have air conditioning and has many leaks and electrical and plumbing issues. Both of them worked hard for the last five years, but they have not been able to qualify to purchase a home. Due to a rapid increase in home value in Southern Nevada in the past two years, it made it even more difficult for The Paredes Family to purchase a home.
Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas and FOX5 partnered up to help The Paredes Family. They are currently building a brand new home for the family. The process is being broadcasted on FOX5 News every week at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, please visit HERE.