Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties has received $2 million in state funding to address affordable housing needs, according to a Habitat news release.
“This milestone signifies a significant step toward addressing the urgent need for safe and affordable housing within Pinellas and West Pasco Counties,” the release says.
“Habitat partnered with Johnston & Stewart Government Strategies to successfully secure funding in this year’s budget,” it adds.
State Sen. Ed Hooper and House Rep. Kim Berfield sponsored the legislation and championed the cause, according to the release.
The funding will be instrumental in supporting Habitat’s Achieving the Dream of Homeownership project, which aims to construct 92 affordable homeownership units across four subdivisions in Pinellas and Pasco counties, the release adds.
The funding will be allocated toward critical horizontal development activities, including infrastructure development, architectural design, civil engineering, and other associated expenses, the release says.
The appropriation will help Habitat for Humanity to have a substantial impact on the lives of deserving families and will contribute to the overall well-being of our community, the release adds.
Mike Sutton, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties, reacted to the news this way: “We are overjoyed and deeply grateful for the $2 million state funding allocated to our Achieving the Dream of Homeownership project.
“This remarkable achievement was made possible by the dogged dedication of (State) Sen. Ed Hooper, (State) Rep. Kim Berfield, and all members of the state legislature who championed affordable housing initiatives. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our committed supporters whose tireless efforts have brought us closer to our vision of ensuring everyone has a safe and decent place to call home.
“As we move forward, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties remains determined in its mission to make homeownership dreams a reality for families in need,” he said, in the release.
Published August 09, 2023