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Pensacola Habitat for Humanity Celebrates A High Impact Fiscal Year and Builds Toward Future

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Pensacola Habitat for Humanity (PHFH) ends the fiscal year making a major dent in the local affordable housing crisis, but much work remains to be done. The Pensacola affiliate is one of the largest in the country based on community impact, and this year they are proud to have built 41 new homes, creating 41 new homeowners through their Home Buyer Program. The affiliate also served 35 vulnerable homeowners by completing Critical Home Repairs, Home Rehabilitation, and Neighborhood Revitalization projects throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Its resale store, Pensacola Habitat ReStore, broke records contributing over $290,00 back to the organization’s mission.

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“The past 12 months have been an incredible period of growth and productivity for our organization, allowing more families to achieve their dream of homeownership,” said Sam Young, Pensacola Habitat President and CEO. “We continue to adapt our business model, secure required resources and grow our partnerships with key stakeholders to better serve the deserving families of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.”

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Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is scheduled to close at least ten more homes in July, despite supply chain issues and skyrocketing construction and land costs. Typical construction costs have increased by over 20 percent over the last year, taking a build from $130,000 to approximately $160,000. These increases make community support through donations and fundraising events even more important. PHFH is committed to serving Escambia and Santa Rosa County residents and supporting its programs to yield stable homes, happy and healthy children, and the genesis for generational wealth.

“We will continue to respond to this pressing community need, and as it grows, so will we,” Young said. “We have had a real impact because of our partnerships and the people who believe in our mission as they continue to lend us their time, treasure, and talent.”

As Pensacola Habitat prepares to meet its aggressive goals for FY 2023, there are many ways for the community to help. Donations are critical to ensure that Pensacola Habitat for Humanity’s programs and services can continue to assist new and existing homeowners in
its service area. As the organization’s backbone, volunteers are essential to help build
homes and support ReStore operations and fundraising events. Shopping at the ReStore
is a great way to acquire premium new and gently used furniture, appliances, building
materials and more. Every cent of profit from the ReStore directly benefits Pensacola
Habitat’s mission.

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Pensacola Habitat has set ambitious but attainable goals for FY 2023, including 45 new homes and 80 Community Development projects and has its sights set on opening a second ReStore location. Additional goals include expanding existing services such as HUD Housing Counseling and post-purchase homeowner engagement. Additionally, Pensacola Habitat will be actively constructing more homes for the community through the continued growth of the Northwest Florida Community Housing Development Corporation. Pensacola Habitat will need the continued support of its community to help individuals and families achieve their dreams of affordable homeownership.

To learn more about Pensacola Habitat for Humanity’s mission and how to make a difference in your community, visit pensacolahabitat.org/donate.

About Pensacola Habitat for Humanity

Founded in 1981, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian ministry whose purpose is to improve communities through sustainable partnerships. Having built and renovated 1,400 homes, Pensacola Habitat seeks new and innovative ways to positively impact the community through various meaningful projects, including their Home Buyer, HUD Certified Housing Counseling, and Community Development Programs. Pensacola Habitat for Humanity offers unique financing opportunities to qualified applicants to provide affordable home ownership in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. For more information, visit pensacolahabitat.org.

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About Habitat for Humanity International

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Pensacola Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Our local Habitat for Humanity Restore supports Pensacola Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building homes, communities and hope.  Revenue earned by selling donated furniture, appliances, building materials, and more is reinvested in our community to provide affordable homeownership options to families in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.  Together we are changing lives right here at home.  For more information, visit pensacolarestore.com.

About NeighborWorks America

For more than 40 years, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., a national, nonpartisan nonprofit known as NeighborWorks America, has strived to make every community a place of opportunity. Our network of excellence includes nearly 250 members in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. NeighborWorks America offers grant funding, peer exchange, technical assistance, evaluation tools, and access to training as the nation’s leading trainer of housing and community development professionals. NeighborWorks network organizations provide residents in their communities with affordable homes, owned and rented; financial counseling and coaching; community building through resident engagement; and collaboration in the areas of health, employment, and education.