Pensacola Habitat for Humanity has been awarded a $2.5 million landmark investment to build homes and buy land.
The State of Florida, under Gov. Ron DeSantis’, approved Fiscal Year 2023-24 budget, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity will receive $2,549,565 from legislative appropriations for new affordable homes and a Community Land Trust supporting workforce families and active duty military men, women, and their families in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. With assistance from the offices of Sen. Doug Broxson, Rep. Michelle Salzman and Rep. Alex Andrade, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity was fortunate to be included in housing conversations leading to funding these two viable housing projects.
“Cost and dwindling housing inventories are adversely impacting too many of our citizens. It’s encouraging to know that local and state officials recognize how important it is to create and sustain housing solutions. Not only do we as an organization feel honored to be the trusted stewards of these project funds,” Sam Young, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity President and CEO explained, “but on a more personal level, I’m inspired to play a bigger role in the lives of our workforce families and the men and women who serve our country.
This generous support will play a critical role in building lives, communities, and hope.”
Appropriation funds will be used for the development of a 30-parcel subdivision in Pensacola for workforce families, of which 20% of the new homes will be designated as rentals for active-duty military members and their families. Funds will also help to launch the Northwest Florida Community Land Trust (CLT), a shared equity homeownership model designed to make homeownership attainable for low-income households. It guarantees that the home can only be sold to other low-to-moderate-income households, creating a permanent affordable housing stock. This is the first CLT in Florida history to be funded by the state legislature.
“Our mission puts God’s love into action every day. It is not only our mission to provide affordable housing for the families and individuals in our workforce at the hospitals, fire departments, service industry and beyond, but it’s also our mission to provide security and safety for the generations to come,” said Reverend Dr. Gene Franklin, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity’s Board Chair.
This funding will greatly impact the organization’s production in providing affordable homeownership opportunities to hardworking, deserving families. To learn more about Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, visit pensacolahabitat.org.
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 over 1,450 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.
“This organization is near and dear to my heart. As a single mother and third-year volunteer with Pensacola Habitat, I’ve been deeply impacted by Habitat’s mission and the support surrounding this cause. It is a glimmer of hope in the efforts toward affordable housing in our community, and I am grateful that officials in our local government took a stand for it!
Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is an incredible organization to volunteer for. There are opportunities for you to join a team build or build as an individual. Through the experience, I’ve learned how to fundraise, lay a foundation, hammer in siding, and frame a whole house. The skills that come with working as a team to build a home are invaluable and you walk away with much more than you invested.”
– Local Pulse Staff Writer, Makenna Curtis.