Newtown Transformation

For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Francine Diemer, Development and Communications Manager
(941) 487-5518

March 4, 2015 – Sarasota, FL – Driving south on Washington Boulevard just passed Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the casual driver might miss the parcel of land located on the west side of U.S. 301. It’s a bit nondescript and borders a strip shopping center to the south.
But soon, even the casual observer will take notice; this land parcel is the new site for a Habitat for Humanity Sarasota “mini” neighborhood what will eventually comprise six homes for working families in the community.

The vacant site for Habitat for Humanity's future "mini" neighborhood in Newtown.


A special ground breaking ceremony is planned for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 1988 24th Street. Work will begin in March on the first Habitat home, with completion of the entire project targeted for Spring 2016.

“Habitat Sarasota is excited about this newest project that is also one of the most ambitious home building endeavors we have undertaken in the last several years,” said Renee Snyder, Habitat Sarasota Executive Director. “Many might not realize that our agency started its work in Newtown 30 years ago, and the transformation of 24th Street and Washington Court brings our work in this community almost full circle. In fact, the project’s site is just steps away from the first Habitat homes built in our area. With work on the project beginning as we celebrate Habitat Sarasota’s 30th year of operation, it’s almost like this project is our anniversary gift to the community.”

The first home to be built is underwritten by the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation. The Foundation has also pledged money for a second home to be built in 2016.

Habitat Sarasota is also actively recruiting potential homeowners for the project. To be selected for a Habitat home, would-be buyers must meet income and credit guidelines and also provide a minimum of 300 hours of “sweat equity” – hands on construction on the home. Information can be obtained by visiting the Habitat Sarasota website, or by calling the office at (941) 365-0700.

About Habitat for Humanity Sarasota

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need by building decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1985, Habitat Sarasota has built and renovated over 200 homes in the greater Sarasota area, transforming the lives of hundreds. Habitat Sarasota works together with local sponsors, donors and volunteers to build communities and families throughout the Sarasota area. Habitat homebuyers are qualified and selected based on their need for decent and affordable housing; ability to pay back a zero-interest home loan; and willingness to partner with Habitat by completing hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” and a series of basic homebuyer classes. To learn more about Habitat Sarasota call (941) 365-0700 or visit