About Habitat for Humanity
Our Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, as a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles* that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
Partnering with our Community. Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County brings community volunteers, corporate donors, civic organizations and faith groups together to build affordable homes for struggling, low-income families and individuals throughout Pinellas County.
Habitat volunteers work on the build sites alongside our homeowner candidates to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. Volunteers provide most of the labor, while individual and corporate donors help provide the funding to build Habitat houses. The homeowner candidates invest 250-350 “sweat equity” hours into building their homes and the homes of other Habitat families. They are also required to complete 20 homeowner courses as part of the Habitat program to help ensure they become responsible homeowners. Once the houses are completed and candidates have met the requirements of the Habitat program, the houses are sold to the qualified homeowner candidates at no profit and with no interest charged. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build still more houses.
The support of the Pinellas County community is crucial to our mission. Like all Habitat for Humanity affiliates, we raise our funds locally, receiving no financial support from Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, GA. Our affiliate serves the whole of Pinellas County, Florida, from our main office in Clearwater including the cities of Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Seminole, Oldsmar, and Ozona.
LEARN MORE AT OUR ORIENTATION SESSION: To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County and its mission to eliminate substandard housing in Pinellas County, attend one of our "NUTS and BOLTS" Orientation sessions. Click here for more information.
Habitat Pinellas is governed by a board of volunteer directors who represent the various and vital interests of our community, and who bring to the organization essential competence in law, architecture, finance, and social service, and who are fervently committed to Habitat's goal of eliminating substandard housing by building decent, affordable homes for low-income families and individuals in Pinellas County communities.
*ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AS A CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry dedicated to a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat conducts its programs in ways that are sensitive and respectful to the cultural context and the local faith community and reflect our belief that all are created in God's image and deserve to be treated without discrimination. Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize, nor will they work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat. Habitat's motivation is to unite people around the concept of "putting God's love into action" along with others from all faiths or with no faith convictions who are interested in helping those in need of improved shelter.
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.