Through Shelter, We Empower.
By partnering with donors and volunteers, Habitat builds new or rehabilitates existing homes and sells them to qualified, low-income families using an affordable mortgage.
Monthly mortgage payments are set at 30% or less of the homeowner’s income making homeownership an affordable reality.
Habitat for Humanity is a private nonprofit organization that is funded through the generosity of local individuals, businesses and faith organizations.
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Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties was granted a charter in October, 1982, one of the first affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Why Affordable Housing?
The local housing statistics speak for themselves:
52,430 households spend 50% or more of household income on housing. These are considered severely cost burdened households. (Attainable Housing in Lee County – 2018 Report)
Florida has only 22 affordable and available rental units for every 100 low-income renters (those with incomes at or below 30% of the area median). (Florida Housing Coalition, Home Matters, 2018)
The Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro area is one of the most rent-burdened areas in the nation. The average rent for a single family home spiked 11.4% during quarter 3. (RentRange)
In Lee County, a worker has to make $18.38/hour to afford the fair market rent for a two-bedroom rental, though the estimated median renter wage is $14.38/hour. (National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2018)
In addition to private contributions, mortgage payments and ReStore proceeds, Habitat utilizes some government funded programs to make homeownership more affordable for our homeowners.
State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program
The State Housing Initiatives Partnership program (SHIP) provides funds to local governments as an incentive to create partnerships that produce and preserve affordable homeownership and multifamily housing. The program was designed to serve very low, low and moderate income families.
Community Development Block Grant Program
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.
City of Cape Coral
The City of Cape Coral supports Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties through several sources: the Community Development Block Grant program, the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
Lee County supports Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program.
Habitat Leadership Team
Habitat Leadership Team
From left to right: Tim Byal, David Owen, Linda Miller, Ginny Dickinson, Carl Barraco, Jeananne Folaros, Robert Arnall, Pam Avesian, Tim Hawkins, Patricia Benner, Vicki Cooper, Mitch Hutchcraft, Deb Penuel, Paul Martin, Cheryl Glover, Gary Aubuchon, and Edward Canterbury. Not Pictured: John Tobler, Erica Harp, Mike Mullinex, John Hill and Steve McIntosh.
We are always looking for passionate and driven individuals to join our team to help build a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Together, we empower.