Putting faith into action, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County promotes family stability by providing innovative and affordable housing solutions to qualified individuals and families. In partnership with our community, we work toward our ultimate goal of eliminating substandard housing throughout the county.
Decent, Affordable Housing is a Matter of Conscience and Action
Overcrowded. Substandard. Financially burdened … These problems create instability in our community, weaken our economy, and even impact health and educational success. These problems are an everyday reality for many Pinellas County children and families. For instance, more than 38 percent of our population spend too much of their income on housing.
Supporters, like you, join Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County to improve the housing issues in our community by donating time or money. Affordable housing is a complex issue, but Habitat Pinellas has solutions that help parents provide affordable housing for their families.
With your help, we are increasing our capacity to build and address these concerns. For families who are stuck in the downward spiral of poverty housing, Habitat’s homeownership program provides a solution for brighter futures.
A Stable, Affordable Home Provides
• Stability for children and families.
• Dignity for parents.
• Improved health, physical safety, and security.
• Increased educational and job prospects.
• Engaged homeowners, invested in their communities.
Pinellas County Housing Statistics*
• 115,874 Pinellas County households pay more than 30% of their income for housing.
• 47,360 households in Pinellas County pay more than 50% of their income for housing.
• 17,615 housing units are substandard. (Technically speaking, housing is “substandard” if it is overcrowded, lacks heat or lacks complete kitchen or plumbing facilities.)
*Source: Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
National Housing Statistics**
• There is not a single county in the country where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford even a one-bedroom apartment at what HUD determines to be the Fair Market Rent. (NLIHC: 2006)
• Almost 16 million Americans pay 50 percent or more of their income for housing.
• One in three American households spend more than 30 percent of income on housing, and one in seven spends more than 50 percent. (JCHS: 2006)
• About 95 million people, one third of the nation, have housing problems including a high-cost burden, overcrowding, poor quality shelter and homelessness. (NLIHC: 2004)
**Source: Habitat for Humanity, International
WHAT MAKES HABITAT UNIQUE
Habitat Pinellas is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the nonprofit housing organization based in Americus, GA. Like all affiliates, we raise our funds locally to create affordable housing opportunities for people in Pinellas County.
For every home built in Pinellas, a home is built overseas. Tithing a portion of our funds helps support HFHI’s effort to eliminate poverty housing around the world.
Building Green, Building to Last
The Habitat Pinellas approach to homebuilding focuses on long-term sustainability for both the homeowner and the environment. We utilize durable building materials with a long lifespan and low maintenance costs. We design homes that are resistant to high winds and as a result homebuyers have relatively low annual insurance costs. Our homes are built with additional insulation, high-efficiency windows and energy-efficient appliances. As a result, the homes utilize significantly less energy than comparable new homes in the marketplace. This approach is a win-win for both Habitat homeowners and the environment.
Building Brings People Together
We build with all people regardless of race or religious beliefs. We don’t just do that because it is part of the Equal Housing Opportunity law. We do it because our differences strengthen our community. We do it because we are a Christian-based organization, and it’s the right thing to do.
Building with Dignity
Homeowner candidates build their own futures by building a home of their own. They invest hundreds of hours of labor “sweat equity” into building homes for others. They attend homeowner classes (like financial planning and home maintenance) that help them to be independent and successful. Once their home is built, they continue to give back to the community because their mortgage helps to fund the building of more homes.
Building with YOU
We build because of people like YOU! What would you like to do to help make it possible for Habitat Pinellas to help more families?