Clearwater, FL – January 27, 2016 – An oversized check symbolizing $336,821.88 in taxes paid in 2015 by Habitat for Humanity homeowners in Pinellas County was presented at the January 26th Board of County Commissioners meeting. The check was presented to Commission Chairman Charlie Justice by Habitat Pinellas board member Tamara Davis, CEO Mike Sutton and several Habitat staff members.
Both Sutton and Davis addressed the Board of Commissioners discussing the role Habitat for Humanity plays in stabilizing Pinellas families and the financial impact on the local tax base.
“It’s important to spread the word in our community that Habitat for Humanity is not a hand-out, it is a hand up,” said Davis, who is also a Habitat homeowner since 2011. “Habitat homeowner mortgage payments help Habitat continue to build so more families have a safe, decent, affordable place to call home. We are here today to share with the Commissioners that our 345 Habitat Pinellas homeowners contributed $336, 821.88 toward the tax base in 2015,” said Davis
Sutton explained that throughout Habitat Pinellas’ 30-year history the organization has depended on partnerships with the community, local businesses and government, which have enabled the nonprofit to build 345 homes to date
“We plan to serve 200 more families in the next four years and will serve 45 new homeowners in this year alone,” said Sutton. “We are proud of our Habitat for Humanity homeowners and our program, which not only provides families the opportunity to raise their children in a stable home, but also allows them to give back to the community.”
Pinellas County Commission Board members present during the meeting included, Justice, Vice Chair Janet Long, Dave Eggers, Pat Gerard, John Morroni, Karen Williams Seel and Kenneth Welch.
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About Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County:
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has constructed 345 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 $27,000 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 located in Clearwater and Palm Harbor 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.