New Port Richey, FL – On Monday, April 29th, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties will celebrate the completion of the “Harbor House”, the first home in Town and Country Villas in New Port Richey.
The neighborhood is the center of Habitat’s West Pasco revitalization initiative which will bring affordable housing to deserving families and individuals in the New Port Richey area. Since 2018, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties has purchased 50 lots, removed over 15 dilapidated structures and has five additional lots going to permit to continue the redevelopment of the Van Doren Avenue and Leisure Lane neighborhood west of US 19.
“The Harbor House is the first of many affordable Habitat homes to be dedicated to deserving families in Pasco County”, said Mike Sutton, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties. “Our redevelopment efforts on Van Doren Avenue and Leisure Lane will change the course of the neighborhood, and we look forward to continuing our revitalization initiatives throughout the county”.
Habitat staff, elected officials and volunteers will gather with local resident and Army Veteran, Forest Spall, as he receives the keys to his Habitat home on April 29th at 9:00 AM.
WHO: Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties, local elected officials, homeowner Forest Spall, community partners including home champion Gulf Harbors Civic Association
WHAT: First home dedication in Town and Country Villas, New Port Richey
WHERE: 5327 Leisure Lane, New Port Richey, FL 34652
WHEN: 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Media are invited to attend this event. Photo opportunities will be available after the ceremony. Please contact Morgan Brochetti at (727) 536-4755 ext. 203 for more information.
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County and West Pasco Counties
In March 2019, the West Pasco and Pinellas County affiliates merged to form Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties. In total, the affiliate has constructed 556 homes for struggling families in Pinellas and West Pasco Counties, 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 350 to 450 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, the affiliate raises funds through their ReStores, home improvement outlets where donated household and building items are sold to the public. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties, contact (727) 536-4755 or visit www.habitatpwp.org.