Habitat News

Introducing a “Brand New” Award Winning Pensacola Habitat Home Style Evolution

Winning the Parade of Homes First Step in New Habitat Plans

Belmont home with new home design

Pensacola Habitat’s newest home design, featured in the Parade of Homes.

From May 7 through May 15, Pensacola Habitat will showcase their new design changes at the Home Builders Association of West Florida’s Parade of Homes. This Craftsman-style home at 816 West Belmont is being sponsored by Five Sister’s Blues Café, and is a departure from the standard home design. With a focus on matching the aesthetic of our historic and vibrant downtown housing, this wealth building home will greatly appeal to those trying to find an affordable solution.

The open house hours at the home on Belmont will be noon to 6 p.m. on weekends and 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays during the parade. The 2016 Parade of Homes runs from May 7-15.

We’re very proud to announce that Pensacola Habitat’s entry to the Parade of Homes has won the prize for Outstanding Home Award in the homes under $160,000 category! Thank you to La Di Da Designs, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Blue Water Interiors for the expert home staging!

2016 Outstanding Home Award

Our “Outstanding Home Award” for 2016 from the Home Builders Association of West Florida.

Although Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is still in the business of putting God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope, much has changed in the way they accomplish this mission.  For the past 32 years the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity has worked to provide a path to quality home ownership for well over 1,000 families in the greater Pensacola area.  Giving a “hand up, not a hand out,” Pensacola Habitat for Humanity builds and sells quality homes to qualifying families who have a recognized need, the ability to pay an affordable mortgage, and demonstrate willingness to partner to work for a home of their own.

“Over the past several years we have made several improvements to our homes and to our homebuyer program,” explains Tim Evans, Executive Director.  “This home is an embodiment of our philosophy to provide a product that builds wealth and is affordable for our local workforce!” exclaims Evans. “This home is a first step in aligning the public with this new philosophy that we are more than homes; we develop sustainable communities by providing products and services that match the aesthetic of the area served. Partnering with the Home Builders Association of West Florida and Great Southern Restaurants, owner of Five Sister’s Blues Café and sponsor to 20 Habitat homes since 2007, has allowed us to create an opportunity for the general public to see what you can get with a Habitat home.”

“Many people think of Habitat in the traditional way – helping low income families become homeowners through our unique homebuyer program. But we find that many people don’t really understand how the program works, or that they are eligible for participation,” continues Larry “Skip” Vogelsang, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “While program eligibility allows us to help families who might not qualify for an income friendly loan from a bank, participants may earn up to 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI).  For a family of four, this means they may earn up to $49,450 annually and still be eligible for participation.”

For more information on the Home Buyer Program or the Parade of Homes, contact Pensacola Habitat for Humanity at 850-434-5456, email info@pensacolahabitat.org, or visit the website.

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or sources of income.