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Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties would like to thank Governor DeSantis for demonstrating his commitment to making homeownership affordable for hard-working, low-income families. In the Governor’s proposed budget, he calls for fully allocating the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund for its intended purpose: affordable housing. This has not happened since the recession, and we are grateful to have a leader taking bold, decisive action on the issue of affordable housing.

Though this is a fantastic start, ultimately, it’s up to our State Legislature to pass a budget that utilizes the Housing Trust Fund for critically needed affordable housing. Considering that lawmakers are extraordinarily busy in the weeks leading up to legislative session, it’s crucial that supporters of Habitat and affordable housing contact their local Representatives and Senators to encourage them to support Governor DeSantis’ call for full funding of the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund.

Throughout Southwest Florida, low-income families are struggling to make ends meet. Rent and homeownership costs are skyrocketing, and the stability that comes with a decent place to live is out of reach for too many people. Right now, in Lee County over 52,000 households are spending over 50% of their income on housing – these families are one missed paycheck or medical emergency away from homelessness (source: Florida Housing Coalition 2018 Report). The Governor’s proposed budget would go a long way in helping to address the lack of affordable housing in Florida. If the Legislature follows the Governor’s lead, Lee and Hendry Counties will receive over $9 million in funding for low-income housing programs, a $7.5 million increase from last year!

Many organizations use Sadowski funds throughout Florida for affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity uses these funds to help make mortgages affordable for new homebuyers. Additionally, the funds are used to retrofit existing housing – making it more accommodating for seniors and individuals with special needs.

Investments in affordable housing lead to many positive societal and economic impacts for local communities. Parents are able to build equity and financial independence, often ending their reliance on government programs and bolstering local economies through increased spending. Recent studies project that full funding of the Sadowski Trust will generate a $4.5 billion positive economic impact and create over 30,000 jobs in Florida (source: Sadowski Coalition)! Perhaps more importantly, children are able to live in a safe and secure environment that allows them to focus on schooling, providing a real opportunity to end generational poverty. In fact, children who grow up in a stable home that is owned by a parent(s) are 116% more likely to graduate from college (source: Habitat International, 2016)

When affordable housing is prioritized families, communities, and economies all prosper. We appreciate Governor DeSantis taking the time to learn about Florida’s housing challenges and converting education into action. We urge the State Legislature to follow the Governor’s lead and use all the housing trust funds for housing.

Thursday, 20 December 2018 14:59

A Home for the Holidays Dedication

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The Red Cross has awarded Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties’ Disaster Recovery Program almost $500,000 to aid Hurricane Irma victims. These funds will allow Habitat’s Disaster Recovery Program to help low income residents, who own their home, with repairs as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

The Red Cross received generous support for the American public in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. With donated funds, the Red Cross has provided emergency relief and will continue to provide disaster relief and recovery, directly and through organizations like Habitat Lee and Hendry’s Disaster Recovery Program.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties launched their Disaster Recovery Program after Hurricane Irma as the long-term solution to damage caused by a natural disaster. Since the program’s start, Habitat has partnered with 40 homeowners to complete repairs, and currently, has 26 homes in the process of being repaired. Habitat receives about 10 new inquiries for the Disaster Recovery Program every week.

Basic requirements for Habitat’s Disaster Recovery Program for Lee and Hendry County residents are they must own the home where the repairs are to be made; occupy the home as their primary residence; and have a household income below 80% of the Area Median Income.

Residents interested in learning more about Habitat’s Disaster Recovery Program can attend an informational meeting on November 6, 2018 at 9:30am at the Downtown Fort Myers Library in Meeting Room A. There is no need to register for the meeting. More information can be found at habitat4humanity.org or by calling (239) 652-4663.

More information about the Red Cross can found at redcross.org

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1982, over 1,500 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.habitat4humanity.org

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs in conjunction with Rotary International District 6960 has donated $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties’ Disaster Recovery Repair (DRP) program. The Rotary Club Bonita Springs raised $50,000, and the Rotary District 6960 Foundation provided a matching $50,000. These funds, along with others already donated by seven Rotary clubs in Lee County, will help Habitat’s Disaster Recovery Program to assist over 25 Lee County residents who own their home with repairs because of damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Along with their generous financial gift, Rotarians will volunteer on a variety of Habitat’s DRP projects.

Rotarians responded immediately after Hurricane Irma, helping Bonita Springs residents muck and gut their homes. Recognizing there is still a great need to assist families whose home suffered damage from Irma, Rotary District 6960, which encompasses clubs from Manatee County to Marco Island, is responsible for funding over $160,000 to Habitat’s Disaster Recovery Program to aid Habitat in completing over 40 repairs and have volunteered on several DRP projects.

“Rotarians are people of action,” says Rotary District 6960 Governor Sandra Hemstead. “We are proud to be able to partner with Habitat for Humanity in both the volunteer and financial capacity, and our Rotary clubs will help see the relief efforts for local residents through to the end.”

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties launched their Disaster Recovery Program after Hurricane Irma as the long-term solution to damage caused by a natural disaster. Since the program’s start, Habitat has partnered with over 40 homeowners to complete repairs, and currently, has 26 homes in the process of being repaired. Habitat receives about 10 new inquiries for the Disaster Recovery Program every week.

Basic requirements for Habitat’s Disaster Recovery Program for Lee and Hendry County residents are they must own the home where the repairs are to be made; occupy the home as their primary residence; and have a household income below 80% of the Area Median Income (Veterans 100%).

Residents interested in learning more about Habitat’s Disaster Recovery Program can find more information at found at habitat4humanity.org or by calling (239) 652-4663.

More information about The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs or Rotary District 6960 visit rotarydistrict6960.org

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1982, over 1,500 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.habitat4humanity.org

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating, the highest possible, from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the sixth consecutive year that Habitat has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, Charity Navigator upgraded its methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiates the financial health of Charity Navigator’s four star charities.

“Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties’ exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Habitat Lee and Hendry to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Habitat Lee and Hendry.”

“It’s important our donors trust we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish the building of decent and stable homes for families in need of affordable housing in Lee and Hendry Counties,” said Kitty Green, Habitat President and CEO. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

Habitat Lee and Hendry’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about Habitat Lee and Hendry’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1982, over 1,500 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.habitat4humanity.org

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties honored as Best Charitable Organization

We are proud to be the winner of the Gulfshore Business’ Best of Business award for Best Charitable Organization! Thank you to everyone who voted Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties the best. For every hand that makes a difference, for every dollar you contribute, for every purchase and donation made at the ReStore, for every voice that advocates for affordable homeownership, for all the ways you help Habitat build homes alongside hard-working families in our community...we cannot thank you enough. Through shelter, we empower!

Thursday, 19 July 2018 15:02

Renew Financial Supports DRP

 

Renew Financial Presents Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties with Check for $25,000 to Support Long-Term Disaster Recovery in Florida

With the Start of Hurricane Season, Donation Underscores the Importance of Home Hardening and Preparing Communities for Future Storms

FORT MYERS, Florida, July 19, 2018Renew Financial, the inventor of Property Assessed Clean Energy financing (PACE) and the most trusted provider of financing for home improvements, today donated $25,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. The donation, presented by Renew Financial Founder Cisco DeVries and Regional Director of Government Affairs Natalie Schneider, will support Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Recovery Program, the long-term solution to address damage caused by natural disasters in Lee and Hendry Counties.

“Since our founding, Renew Financial has been dedicated to empowering homeowners to make their properties safe, efficient and comfortable. To that end, we’re very proud to support the critical work that Habitat for Humanity does every day,” said Renew Financial Founder and Chief Innovation Officer Cisco DeVries. “This donation, in addition to the home improvement financing option we offer through RenewPACE, will help to create a stronger, safer Florida.”

Shortly after Hurricane Irma, Renew Financial led several efforts to help Florida homeowners recover from the storm. These investments in Florida’s long-term recovery culminatedintoday’s check presentation to Habitat for Humanity in honor of every Florida home strengthened in partnership with RenewPACE. Last month marked the start of a new hurricane season for Florida, underscoring the ongoingneed for storm-proofing and other upgrades that make homes more secure and comfortable.

“Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties gratefully accepts Renew Financial’s contribution,” said Kitty Green, President of Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. “Thanks to donors like Renew Financial, we are able to help seniors and others with nowhere else to turn repair their homes so they can have a safe, decent place to live.”

Fort Myers City Manager Saeed Kazemi and other community leaders attended the check presentation, which took place at the Fort Myers offices of Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties.

“Fort Myers families will benefit greatly from the availability of PACE financing,” said City Manager Kazemi. “Today’s donation, made in honor of homes repaired since Hurricane Irma, enhances this benefit. With Habitat for Humanity and the availability of PACE for homeowners, Fort Myers and our surrounding region will be better prepared for future storms.”

Renew Financial’s PACE financing product, RenewPACE, has proved to be an effective option for homeowners needing to repair storm-damaged roofs or windows. RenewPACE is also a smart, proactive choice for homeowners seeking storm windows and roofs to better withstand future storms.

With RenewPACE, homeowners don’t have to pay the full cost of their storm-hardening or efficiency improvements at the time of the project. Instead, homeowners pay back the cost of their improvements in installments on their property tax bill. RenewPACE provides fixed interest rates and terms of up to 25 years, which may result in lower monthly payments for homeowners. RenewPACE utilizes 100% private capital (not tax dollars) to finance eligible improvements.

In the course of upgrading more than 220,000 American homes, PACE financing has created more than 42,000 local jobs in the home improvement industry.

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1982, 1,500 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat Lee and Hendry to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.habitat4humanity.org.

About Renew Financial

Renew Financial Group LLC (“Renew Financial”) is one of the nation's leading home improvement financing companies. Renew Financial administers and provides multiple financing products across the country, including PACE programs in Florida and California. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing tool enabled by state and local governments that provides homeowners and business owners with access to private capital to finance the entire cost of hurricane hardening, energy efficiency, and renewable energy upgrades, and then pay for those upgrades on their property tax bill. PACE was named by Scientific American as one of the "top 20 ideas that can change the world." PACE is a job-creating policy tool that enjoys broad support, having been championed in state legislatures and local communities nationwide by business leaders, advocacy organizations and elected officials from both sides of the aisle. To learn more, visit www.renewfinancial.com.

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Chico’s FAS Announces National Partnership with Habitat for Humanity 

Retailer Aims to Boost Awareness and Raise Funds to Help Women Build Better Lives

Today, Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) and its family of brands, Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma, announce a new national partnership with Habitat for Humanity International aimed at empowering women to build strength, stability and independence through housing.
“As a Company that serves women, Chico’s FAS is deeply committed to their well-being, health and empowerment. A safe, affordable home creates transformational advancements for women, their families and communities,” said Shelley Broader, President and CEO of Chico’s FAS.
“We recognize and value the immense contributions that women make every day. With over 65% female representation on our Executive Committee and 55% representation on our Board, our commitment to women's development is ongoing and indisputable. There is no greater force than women coming together to support each other.”

The partnership kicks off on March 8th in support of International Women’s Day, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This multifaceted partnership includes sponsorship of Habitat’s 2018 Women Build program, which recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for safe and affordable shelter in their communities. Chico’s FAS’ support will directly impact 77 communities across the United States, including the complete funding of two new homes and providing $1,000 grants to 75 Women Build projects.
To further the effort, each of Chico’s FAS’ brands will donate a portion of certain product sales, up to a combined maximum donation of $650,000, to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Additionally, Chico’s FAS will collect register donations at its Chico’s, White House Black Market and Soma boutiques, outlets and online.

“Chico’s FAS is consistently recognized for their real and substantial commitment to women's equality. In the U.S. alone, affordable housing is unreachable for far too many women and their families, creating barriers to education, financial stability and health. We know that home is the key to a better future and together, with the help of partners like Chico’s FAS, we can give a hand up to more women in need of a decent place to call home,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, Senior Vice President of Development, Habitat for Humanity International.

Chico’s FAS will also sponsor Habitat’s upcoming Home is the Key campaign, which gathers sponsors, celebrities and community leaders for activities and build events across the country, drawing attention to the critical need for affordable housing.
More information can be found at www.ChicosFAS -Cares.com.

About Chico's FAS, Inc.
The Company, through its brands - Chico’s, White House Black Market and Soma, is a leading omni-channel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and complementary accessories. As of October 28, 2017, the Company operated 1,474 stores in the US and Canada and sold merchandise through franchise locations in Mexico. The Company’s merchandise is also available at www.chicos.com,  www.whbm.com, and www.soma.com. For more details information on Chico’s FAS, Inc., please go to our corporate website at www.chicosfas.com.

About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit  www.habitat.org.

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Monday, 26 February 2018 14:42

Habitat Kicks Off 2018 Women Build Season

Habitat Kicks Off 2018 Women Build Season

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