In the months following the groundbreaking on Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties newest neighborhood, Heritage Heights, many challenges to neighborhood development have arisen. However, Habitat remains steadfast in their commitment to delivering homes to families in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing.
“Right now, we have four home slabs poured and plan to have eight homes completed in the Heritage Heights neighborhood by the end of fiscal year 2020/2021,” said Habitat’s President, Rick Mercer.
Though volunteer opportunities are paused, Habitat staff have been working diligently, ushering Heritage Heights through phase 1 of the land and neighborhood development process.
“During phase 1, we have completed many land development infrastructure elements including, potable water supply, sanitary sewer system, storm drainage, site grading, lake excavation, and FPL/CATV installation. On the neighborhood amenity side, we are currently working to complete a walking path, basketball court, children’s playground, picnic gazebo, and much more.”
As a planned community, Heritage Heights has been strategically designed using Habitat’s internationally recognized Quality of Life in Neighborhoods framework. Meaning, in addition to making homeownership attainable for 150 hardworking families, the community promotes personal and economic stability by connecting residents with opportunities to thrive.
“With Southwest Florida being one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States, our affordable housing market is constrained, leaving many families to face housing instability. Heritage Heights represents the future of Habitat for Humanity as we strive to build neighborhoods that meet the demand for affordable homeownership and empower residents to take leadership roles in their communities,” said Mercer.
Wall raisings in Heritage Heights are scheduled for September, with plans for the first Habitat families to move into their homes by March of 2021. While the organization wrestles with evolving C-19 impacts on volunteers and construction, your support and prayers are needed more than ever to help realize these goals.
To learn more about the Heritage Heights neighborhood, please visit habitat4humanity.org/heritage-heights.