Every day in Pinellas County and throughout the United States the American Dream of homeownership is becoming a reality for families in need through the work of Habitat for Humanity. The Pinellas County Housing Authority and Habitat Humanity of Pinellas County have partnered to bring the new “Get Ready” program to help families in public housing move forward toward their dream of homeownership.
“Get Ready” is a joint program of the Pinellas County Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity Pinellas. The mission of the Pinellas County Housing Authority is to provide safe, quality housing for persons in need and to cultivate healthy, vibrant neighborhoods for Pinellas County. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Participants in the program will receive the wrap around services needed for them to get ready to purchase their own home. This may include, but is not limited to, one-on-one homeownership counseling, first-time homebuyer training, credit repair expertise and assistance, and financial management readiness. In addition, when homeowner candidates complete their homeownership and financial budgeting sessions they will receive the first-time homebuyer certificates that may help with down payment assistance.
More about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has constructed 369 homes for low income 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 where donated household and building items are sold to the public. Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization that has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating, four stars, every year for the past eight years. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, contact (727) 536-4755 or visit www.HabitatPinellas.org.
More about the Pinellas County Housing Authority:
Formed in 1965, the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) is an independent agency, operating under the authority of Florida Statute FS421. PCHA is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida. PCHA is dedicated to creating, providing and increasing high quality housing opportunities in Pinellas County through effective and responsive management and responsible stewardship of public and private funds. PCHA’s ability to cultivate strategic partnerships and develop innovative programs allows us to bring together services and resources to assist our families in working toward self-sufficiency. As the largest housing authority in Pinellas County, PCHA currently provides housing and rental assistance to approximately 8,500 individuals through agency-owned affordable housing, public housing, assisted living and the administration of the Housing Choice Voucher program. For more information about the Pinellas County Housing Authority visit www.pinellashousing.com/