Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is honored to be considered for the HEART Awards, in the Collaboration category. Affordable housing is facing a crisis in our community, so we are happy to be collaborating with other like-minded nonprofit organizations to provide affordable housing options to low and moderate income families throughout Pinellas County:
1. We’ve partnered with Sustainable Communities, an organization focused on affordable housing in South St Petersburg. This organization has historically focused on rehabilitation of dilapidated homes, but working with Habitat Pinellas, we completed our first NEW home project in 2018. We are on pace to build 4-5 homes this year in partnership with this organization. This will be in addition to the 60 homes Habitat Pinellas will build this year.
2. We’ve also partnered with St. Jude Great Commission Community Development Corporation, to construct their very first home as they launch their CDC. St. Jude has been providing home buyer education services in the Midtown community of South St Petersburg for many years, but partnering with Habitat, who will serve as their contractor & developer, they will be able to place one of their home buyer education recipients into a new home.
3. By partnering with the Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-entry Program (PERC), Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has been able to provide onsite training opportunities for PERC’s clients. These ex-offenders are looking to build skills they can translate into the working world. They also will use the skills learned on a Habitat construction site to help construct “Tiny Homes” through PERC’s tiny homes program, which may ultimately lead to them owning one of their own.