The award recognizes Habitat’s overall work in providing affordable homeownership opportunities to low income families throughout Pinellas County.
Clearwater, FL – February 24, 2015 – Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County was honored with the “Judge’s Choice Be More Encouraged Award” at the nationally-recognized 10th annual WEDU Be More Awards ceremony. Presented February 12th before a sold out crowd of over 500 guests at A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, the award recognizes Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s “overall appeal and extraordinary approach” in providing low income families affordable homeownership opportunities throughout Pinellas County.
Habitat Pinellas Chief Executive Officer Mike Sutton received the award from emcees Lissette Campos, WFTS-TV ABC Action News Director of Community Affairs, and radio personality Jack Harris, Newsradio 970 WFLA-AM.
The WEDU Be More Awards program was created by WEDU PBS to honor the accomplishments of West Central Florida’s nonprofit organizations and dedicated volunteers, determined each year by a panel of impartial judges who spend weeks reviewing applications and nominations.
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About Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has constructed 322 homes for struggling families in Pinellas County, using locally raised funds. Volunteers and the future homeowners construct the homes, which are sold at no profit and financed with a zero-interest loan. Habitat Pinellas homeowner candidates earn 30 to 80 percent of area median income. For Pinellas County, that translates to as little as $22,500 a year for a family of four. Candidates must also demonstrate need for adequate shelter; ability to pay back a zero-interest loan and willingness to partner with Habitat Pinellas to invest 250 to 350 sweat equity hours. Mortgage monies are used to build even more homes, making each donation to Habitat a perpetual legacy to the community. Habitat believes that home ownership contributes to family stability, leading in turn to community stability. Additionally, Habitat Pinellas raises funds through their ReStore, a home improvement outlet where donated household and building items are sold to the public. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, contact (727) 536-4755 or visit www.HabitatPinellas.org.