Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc.
Mission: Habitat South Sarasota is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operating on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Our client base consists of families and individuals, including veterans and seniors who earn 50% to 80% of this area's median income which is set forth by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Habitat South Sarasota’s goal is to build or renovate safe, decent, affordable, energy efficient homes for those in need in the communities of Englewood, Laurel, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey and Venice.
Homeownership transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social change within a community. The positive economic effects that newly constructed homes and home renovations have on our community’s tax base and business climate ripple throughout our local and state economies. Studies have shown that children feel more secure and perform better academically when they are provided with a stable home environment.
Habitat South Sarasota homes are ENERGY STAR certified. Building “green” makes Habitat homes more durable and less expensive to maintain, which keeps our families within their budgets thus assisting in financial stability.
Habitat South Sarasota partner families work side by side with community volunteers for a required 300 "sweat equity" hours to build safe, decent affordable houses. They must attend 8 two-and-a-half hour homeowner classes and 1 eight-hour HUD certified "First Time Homebuyer Workshop". Individuals become homeowners through our program reduce their dependence on community, social and financial services. These are substantial benefits for those individuals and particularly positive for the next generation.
The need for Habitat in south Sarasota County has never been greater due to the rising costs of homes in the area. Florida has the 17th highest housing wage in the United States. One must make $20.44 an hour or work 101 hours a week at minimum wage to afford a 2 bedroom rental home in Sarasota County.
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