Alachua Habitat for Humanity Announces 170th Home Dedication
November 16, 2022
Press release from Alachua Habitat for Humanity
GAINESVILLE, Fla.– Alachua Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. This week, their vision is one step closer to being reality as they celebrate their 170th home dedication on Friday, November 18th at 9:30 a.m.
Alachua Habitat for Humanity builds homes for families who have a need for housing, have demonstrated the ability to pay a modest mortgage, and are willing to partner through sweat equity volunteering. These homes are not given away, rather homeowners take on the responsibility of paying a mortgage they can afford. Their sweat equity requirement consists of 250 hours working on their own home, working on the homes of others, and attending homeownership and financial literacy workshops.
Alachua Habitat’s dedication to providing Alachua County residents the opportunity to become homeowners at an affordable cost is especially salient given the need for affordable housing within our community. According to the Center, an astounding 1 in 3 Alachua County non-student households are cost-burdened, paying more than 30% of their income on housing.
Thanks to the generosity of their house sponsors, Santa Fe College, the Builders Association of North Central Florida, and Pepine Realty, as well as support from the City of Gainesville, another Alachua County resident will receive the keys to her new home this week. “It’s amazing to see the tremendous amount of community collaboration that goes into building these homes. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without support from our family partners, donors, sponsors, and volunteers,” says Scott Winzeler, Alachua Habitat’s Chief Outreach and Development Officer.