HFHIV’s Christmas Tree Lane helps nonprofit fight housing crisis 


Jeff Pack
Staff Writer 

The McKinsey Global Institute reports that 3.5 million homes in California will be needed by 2025 in order to address a housing crisis in the state. 

Combine a reported lack of affordable housing statewide with a poverty rate of 13.45% in the Inland Empire, just lower than the national average of 14.9%, and the need becomes even more daunting. 

Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley works on behalf of the 460,000 people they say they serve in the region to bridge that gap, one home at a time. 

The nonprofit continually raises funds through grants and other funding sources but relies heavily on the generosity of residents right here in the Temecula Valley, which is why they are hoping that this year’s Christmas Tree Lane event will attract residents to Promenade Temecula. 

“Funds raised from Christmas Tree Lane go to support affordable housing programs that offer things like homeownership, home preservation and education, just to name a few,” Tammy Marine, executive director of HFHIV, said. “Everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live. Although the need is immense, Christmas Tree Lane is helping us get there.”

The event features 20 expertly designed Christmas trees, each sponsored by area businesses and organizations, that will be won by lucky raffle ticket buyers if their ticket is pulled on the tree they want to win. 

Christmas Tree Lane has been open since Nov. 4 in an exhibit that lines up all the trees, side by…

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