Birdhouses benefit affordable housing

Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties holds annual Birdhouse Auction online May 7 to 14

TULARE COUNTY – Brendan Farrell learned the impact of homeownership at a young age. When he was 17 years old, he was among a group of people who helped build a Habitat for Humanity home in his neighborhood. The home not only went on to house a friend’s family but also helped spark his career in mortgage lending.

“Being able to watch various people, who had no idea what it took to build a house, coming together to help a neighbor, was truly a remarkable experience!” Farrell said.

Today, he is the owner of Brendan J. Farrell Mortgage Consultant with American Pacific Mortgage, the primary sponsor of the 2021 Birdhouse Auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties.

“As a local residential mortgage lender, home ownership is what my team and I are all about and it is wonderful to be able to help Habitat for Humanity and be a part of their continued mission,” Farrell said.

Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Birdhouse Auction is taking on a slightly different look this year but still has all the creativity and inspiration of past live events. This year’s event will feature a week-long, online-auction from May 7 to 14 with lots of donated items and baskets from local businesses, individuals and artisans. Featured items include a $600 perfume basket donated by Macy’s, a custom-made bar featuring a “live edge” redwood top by David Ochoa, a wine and chocolate basket donated by Grocery Outlet and much more.

On May 14, Tulare County Supervisor Amy Shuklian will host the Live/Virtual event and live auction from 7 to 8 p.m. Local artists have created amazing birdhouses that will be available for bid along with three custom painted, works-of-art from speed painter Rick Alonzo. You can watch Rick paint these pictures during the live event. Habitat board president Denise Marchant has sponsored a backyard playhouse that will also be available for bid during the auction.

Proceeds from the Birdhouse Auction will help Habitat fulfill our mission of building homes, communities and hope. The need for affordable housing has not changed; if anything, it’s become even more pronounced. Today, one in six families pays half or more of their income on rent or mortgage, often choosing between paying for housing or for nutritious food, reliable transportation or healthcare needs. Your home shouldn’t cost you half your paycheck. Home shouldn’t cost you your health or your children’s education.

“When the cost of home is your family’s future, the cost is too high. When the cost of home is any family’s future, that’s something our community cannot afford,” resource development director Deanna Saldana said in a released statement.

Join Habitat for Humanity and support more affordable housing by registering for the Birdhouse Auction and bidding generously on silent and live auction items. Learn more about the event at

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