Florida Hometown Title & Escrow 2020 Home Sponsorship

Thank you for helping us build a Habitat Home!

Last year Florida Hometown Title & Escrow teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties to raise funds for a home sponsorship and create awareness about the need for affordable housing in our community. Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, we have achieved this goal! 

Over the course of 2019, we worked with passionate community partners to raise $50,000 to sponsor the building a new home from the ground up, transforming raw materials into a home. In February 2020, our team came together to raise the walls for future homeowner Jorge and his son Enrrique.  

We know that having a safe, decent, and affordable home is critical to the health and wellbeing of a family. Thank you for helping us build a Habitat for Humanity home in Labelle and being a part of Jorge’s journey towards homeownership.

Thank you!

With the support of community sponsors and partners, we’ve reached our $50,000 fundraising goal to help build a new home for a hardworking, LaBelle family.

Meet our future homeowner: Jorge

Jorge is a single father to his thirteen-year-old son, Enrrique. A long-time Hendry County resident, Jorge works in the agriculture industry driving trucks for a local farm. Due to steadily increasing housing costs, he and Enrrique were forced to move into a low-income apartment complex where Jorge still spent more than 50% of his monthly income on rent. Often working more than 40 hours each week, he relied on family to help care for his son but faced many challenges due to the housing complex’s strict rules regarding visitors

Jorge knew that he wanted to provide a safe, stable home for his son as he grew up. He first applied for a Habitat home in early 2019 but did not initially qualify. Nevertheless, he continued meeting regularly with a Habitat housing counselor, building his credit, learning to manage his finances, and saving funds. After one year he reapplied and was selected for homeownership. 

Like all Habitat homeowners, Jorge will contribute 300 volunteer “sweat equity” hours, take 20+ hours of homeowner education workshops, and pay $1,700 in closing costs before purchasing a zero-percent interest mortgage with a monthly rate set at no more than 30% of his income.  

COVID-19 Impact 

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties remains committed to serving our partner families. Like all future homebuyers currently in the Habitat program, Jorge continues working towards homeownership. Sweat equity opportunities are more limited, but nonetheless available. Home maintenance and financial literacy courses are conducted online, and housing counselors remain availableproviding assistance and encouragement. As an essential construction and social services business, Habitat for Humanity is able to safely accommodate construction and non-construction staff in our home-building efforts, including on Jorge’s home. We look forward to the time when we can welcome sponsors and volunteers back to our jobsites, so please continue to stay safe and healthy – we will need every hand to help build these homes when we reopen! 

Every donation builds a foundation for a stronger future

Ready to give? Click the “Donate Now” button below and make an instant gift to support this goal. Checks can also be made payable to:

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties
1288 N. Tamiami Trail
North Fort Myers, FL 33903

*When donating, please include “Florida Hometown 2020” in the online comment box/check memo. This will ensure that your donation is applied to this fundraising goal*

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For more information, contact Sara Jordan at [email protected] or (239) 652-1695.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

A special thanks to:

 Swamp Cabbage Festival, Old Republic Title, Suncoast Beverage Sales, United Real Estate Infinity, Rocket Cooling, and Riverside Real Estate.