Manatee County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH) a nonprofit, nondenominational, Christian ecumenical housing ministry that bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. The mission of MCHFH is to develop resources, educate and mobilize people to work alongside families in need, rehabilitating existing homes and building sustainable, affordable homes, thereby improving the quality of life for families and the community
MCHFH began operation in 1994 and to date has built 115 homes in Manatee County with the help of dedicated volunteers, donors and families. Working alongside qualified partner families the affiliate has successfully built two communities -Washington Park (12 homes) and Village of the Palms (34 homes) in Palmetto. A third community is now being built in Ellenton and will be home to 18 additional Habitat families when completed in 2015. This community is MCHFH first “green built” neighborhood. In addition to building new homes, Manatee Habitat is working on the revitalization of the community through home repair and rehab of current homes. Habitat’s work on existing homes in the community is helping low income homeowners who are elderly or disabled to improve their largest asset and give them a safe, healthy and secure place to live. Manatee Habitat has provided basic home improvements, built ramps and completed critical home repairs on 40 homes in Manatee County for the past two years. This year, MCHFH began a Veteran Build Initiative focusing on providing repairs and rehab to low income veteran’s in need of assistance. This program has enabled Habitat to work alongside community partners such as Home Depot, Manatee Community Foundation and The Patterson Foundation –Legacy of Valor program to provide help to those who have served us.
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity Homebuyer program enables qualified families to achieve the dream of homeownership with the purchase of their own home. Manatee Habitat is “hand up, not a hand out program.” Qualified candidates meet income and credit guidelines, invest 300-500 hours of sweat equity into the construction of their home, build and escrow account and complete a series of Homebuyer and financial literacy classes. Only after a qualified candidate has completed these steps do they become eligible to purchase a home from Manatee Habitat and secure a 25 year loan at 0% interest. Homeownership is an investment in a family. The 2013 Shelter Report developed by Habitat International indicates that “ Homeownership plays a unique role in the long-term development and resiliency of our communities. Higher levels of homeownership typically breed healthier neighborhoods, and ongoing research strongly points to homeowners as anchors of their communities who are not only financially invested in where they live, but also more likely to build the human links with their neighbors that promote the stable communities all Americans desire.”
The achievements of Manatee Habitat would not be possible with out the tremendous support of our volunteers. Each year hundreds of volunteer contribute hours, financial support and prayers to our efforts. We look forward to having you join us on the journey to building a community in which everyone has a decent place to live.
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF THE MANATEE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR FROM THE WEBSITE WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. The Manatee County Habitat for Humanity registration is #SC-04917. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.