Category: Homeowner Stories

Critical Repair Program

Habitat Sarasota has expanded its housing solutions to include Critical Home Repair for existing, qualified homeowners with emphasis on helping seniors age in place and military veterans. US Army Veteran, Mr. Bird, reached out to Habitat Sarasota in desperation. With mounting medical bills due to caring for his son’s medical condition and recent auto expenses,…
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Ana’s New Home

Ana epitomizes a parent who will sacrifice anything for the safety and security of her children. A few years ago, she and her three children were starting a new life from nothing. Ana had summoned the courage to risk everything in order to save her children from a life of abuse. Since that time, Ana…
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Habitat Sarasota Homeowner Erika

Erika’s Home Dedication

In April 2018, Erika and her 3 boys have moved into their new home. Erika is grateful for the support from the employees at FCCI Insurance Group for volunteering 220+ hours on the construction of her home. A quote from Erika after her slab blessing in August 2017… Today the boys and I stood upon…
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Debrah | Sterling Lane

Debrah | Sterling Lane

Debrah completed the Habitat for Humanity Sarasota homeownership program and celebrated her home dedication on August 23, 2017. Debrah first inquired about owning a Habitat Sarasota home in January 2015. Three months later she attended a homeowner orientation and submitted her application. Unfortunately, she had a large amount of personal debt and she could not…
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Publix at Tyne Ave

Milka | Tyne Lane

After growing up in Panama, Milka moved to the United States when her daughter Hanna was just a baby. Adversity has not been a stranger to Milka, but her desire to provide Hanna with every opportunity for success has enabled her to continue finding a way forward. Due to the constantly increasing rent costs in…
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Homeowner Tim

The House That Golf Built

In 2015, our annual Fore the Love of Habitat golf and comedy fundraiser raised $53,000 to build an affordable home in our community for a working family in need. This is the house that golf built… The cost of rental housing is soaring in our community. Families are struggling to pay more than half of their…
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Habitat Homeowner Lisa

An Eye in the Sky

Lisa’s journey with Habitat Sarasota began when she graduated from the Salvation Army’s F.A.I.T.H. Program. She was determined to follow a new path and provide a safe and secure place to raise her family. That meant becoming a Habitat homeowner. Since December 2014, she has provided 318 volunteer hours toward her “sweat equity” requirement and participated…
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Nail Gun Betty

Nail Gun Betty

Growing up in Vietnam, Betty remembers a rain storm that created pools of mud on the floor of her home constructed of packed dirt and straw. She tried to sleep that night while standing up, clinging to her mom for comfort. This childhood memory is her motivation to provide her autistic son a safe home…
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Community Tax Credit Program

Community Tax Credit Program

Florida’s Community Contribution Tax Credit program (CCTCP) offers tax incentives for corporations that seek to support affordable home building. Habitat Sarasota partnered with FCCI Insurance Group to construct a new home for a working family. In additional to a financial contribution, FCCI employees and family members are volunteering on the home for a minimum of…
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The House the Community Built

The House the Community Built

Client: 3857 Wolverine Street Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014 There are many ways in which to pay for a house – for example, one can take on a mortgage, or pay cash for a dwelling. But how about asking the entire world for funds to construct a house? It seems complicated, right? Maybe, maybe not and…
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