Local Habitat for Humanity Welcomes New Executive Director

Photo courtesy SGV Habitat for Humanity
This San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity family — Jocabed, Kathryn, Caleb, Harold, Idalia, Paula and Miriam — owns one of the homes in the Manzanita project in Pasadena.

The San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity is experiencing an entire month of transformative events.
With a new executive director, the opening of pre-applications for its highly-anticipated affordable homeownership program and a month-long donation match, April is set to become a transformative month for the nonprofit and affordable homeownership in San Gabriel Valley.
Bryan Wong, the chapter’s newest executive director, takes the helm after significant capacity growth over the last three years under Mark Van Lue’s leadership.
“During my time at Habitat, we have grown from serving an average of five families per year to a new average of 27 families per year! This is indeed something to celebrate — and I couldn’t be more proud of what we have built with our donors, elected officials, corporate partners and supporters,” said former executive director, Mark Van Lue.
Under Wong, SGV Habitat aims to raise that number to 33 families per year over the next three years through their Expanding the American Dream campaign.
“I am excited to join SGV Habitat at a time where there is so much momentum. The next three years will mark a significant impact on our communities, thanks to our supporters,” Wong said.
An important part of creating affordable homeownership opportunities is finding the families that will purchase homes this year. Online pre-applications are being accepted April 1-30 for the next cohort of Habitat homebuyers. Approved homebuyers will qualify for a monthly housing payment equal to 30% of their gross monthly income at the time of purchase. This low monthly payment will provide families with the financial stability necessary to create generational wealth — something the average low-income renter lacks thanks to the rising cost of living in California, where one in four people pay 50% or more of their income in rent.
In honor of the Expanding the American Dream Campaign and to top off the exciting milestones taking place at SGV Habitat this month, a generous anonymous donor has pledged to match all donations given to the organization dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000 from now until Friday, April 30.
Join in solidarity with the many Californians needing safe, decent and affordable housing by making a donation at sgvhabitat.org today. To learn more visit sgvhabitat.org.