Pensacola Habitat for Humanity was named one of 11 area nonprofits in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to receive a grant award of $103,820 at the IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area Annual Meeting on Oct. 16, 2022.
IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, a women’s philanthropic organization now 1,100 members strong, leveraged their collective resources to fund transformational grants to nonprofits to support and revitalize communities. Setting the example of philanthropy since 2003, they have remained steadfast in their mission to know and serve the community.
“To be chosen among so many worthy projects to receive an award from this amazing group of selfless women is such an honor,” Young said. “They are leading innovation during very challenging times, with one hundred percent of each member’s annual contribution of $1,000 going directly to help many of our local neighbors in need. We are excited to be a part and will continue to work closely together to help the community grow and prosper by providing quality housing that is safe and attainable for families, and will remain affordable in perpetuity through our Community Land Trust.”
The grant awarded to Pensacola Habitat will fund the creation of their Community Land Trust. Community Land Trusts can be used to significantly reduce barriers to homeownership for low to moderate income households by negating the cost of land and permanently designating that land for affordable housing.
Under Young’s leadership, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity has grown in all areas of operation. Fiscal Year 2022 ended in June with 41 home closings and 33 Community Development rehabilitation and repair projects, up from 26 and 13 respectively completed when Young began with Pensacola Habitat in 2020. Additionally, the affiliate has begun expanding its reach within work force housing and financing options, now including their Community Land Trust, as well as HUD Housing Counseling services and has seen strong growth in funds raised through the Pensacola Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
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.
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.