myth

Habitat gives away free homes to the poor.

fact

Habitat sells homes at zero percent interest to those who qualify.

conscience in action

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, as a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International is a 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.

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. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, attend one of our Nuts and Bolts Orientation sessions.

our vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

 


 

our mission

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people
together to build homes, communities and hope.

the need

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Decent, Affordable Housing Is a Matter of Conscience and Action.

Supporters join Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County to improve the housing issues in our community by donating time or money.

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

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

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 Statistics

how we're different

Habitat’s unique and sensible formula makes it possible for limited-income individuals and families to own a home they can afford. With volunteer labor and local donations of money and some in-kind materials, Habitat Pinellas builds and rehabilitates houses with the help of the homeowner families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families or individuals at no profit and financed with zero-interest loans.

Get involved locally with one-hour Nuts and Bolts Orientation.

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Building with Dignity

Homeowner candidates build their own futures by building a home of their own. They invest hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” labor building homes for others. Also, their mortgage helps fund the construction of more homes.

Building Locally

Habitat Pinellas is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the nonprofit housing organization based in Americus, Georgia. Like all affiliates, we raise our funds locally to create affordable housing opportunities.

Building Green, Building to Last

The Habitat Pinellas approach to homebuilding focuses on long-term sustainability for both the homeowner and the environment. The homes utilize significantly less energy than comparable new homes in the marketplace.

Building Brings People Together

Habitat Pinellas builds with all people regardless of race or religious beliefs because they believe differences strengthen our community.

Building Globally

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 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?

Visit Habitat for Humanity International
to learn about Habitat's history, mission and world-wide volunteer opportunities

our strategic plan

Habitat for Humanity's 2014-18 strategic plan builds squarely on the organization's mission, vision and principles. The plan will come to life as our community unites to address the urgent need for adequate, affordable shelter.

OUR MOTIVATION / Putting God's love into action

Motivated by the belief that each of us is called to “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God,” Habitat for Humanity seeks to be a partner and catalyst in building communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

 

OUR METHOD / Bringing people together

Habitat for Humanity believes that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. Habitat practices a philosophy of “a hand up, not a handout,” and builds on existing community assets: financial, physical, natural, human, social and spiritual.

 

OUR IMPACT / Homes, communities and hope

In seeking transformed communities, Habitat believes in bringing people together by improving housing as an essential process for building hope. When people work as a team, they have the opportunity to become stronger and bring positive, lasting change.

associations and memberships

Habitat Pinellas is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which is headquartered in Americus, Georgia. There are over 1,300 Habitat affiliates in the U.S. and over 70 national organizations worldwide.

Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapters include St. Pete High School, Palm Harbor University High School, Shorecrest Preparatory School

Habitat Pinellas is an active member and supporter of the following organizations:

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