San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity’s annual women build celebration will begin work on a local project later this month with the construction of two homes in Pasadena, where the event will take place on May 6 and 7.
“We are looking forward to bringing people together on the job site for this important event,” said Bryan Wong, executive director of San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity. “The women build is a SGV Habitat tradition that exemplifies, as a society, how far we have come, but also how much more work there is to do. SGV Habitat is proud to be a part of this movement that is creating life-changing impact and breaking down the barriers to homeownership.”
Since 1991, women build has brought women and their allies together to raise funds, recruit their friends and build homes side-by-side with those in need of affordable housing.
Last year a completely virtual event spread throughout the month of May celebrated these efforts. This year the organization and its supporters will return to raising a hammer to help address the global disparity felt by women in need of affordable housing.
Women have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, from job loss to evictions and foreclosures. According to The National Women’s Law Center, since February 2020, women have lost over 5.4 million net jobs, and account for 55% of overall net job loss since the start of the crisis. In addition, they report women are evicted 16% more than men. Despite these unprecedented challenges women continue to be those on the frontlines of the pandemic as essential workers and as caretakers within their households. Too often they must make the difficult decision between maintaining a place to call home and paying for food, health care, childcare, education or reliable transportation.