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Pensacola Habitat for Humanity’s Style Evolution


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This year marks Pensacola Habitat for Humanity’s 35th anniversary. In our 35 years serving the Escambia and Santa Rosa area, we have seen huge changes to not only of our program but also our home designs. When we first started in 1982, the homes were utilitarian in design and function.

Typical designs did not include a porch and would typically have the door open to the backyard without any steps built to the ground.  Residents of our community would sometimes good-humoredly refer to our design as a “shoebox with a hat!”  Nonetheless, we are proud of those homes.  At that time, we had a 100% volunteer staff and volunteer building crew, and the homes were built with donated material on donated property.  Through that process, our program was able to move hundreds of family out of substandard, overcrowded, and unsafe housing and into safe, adequate homes.

Over the years, Pensacola Habitat has updated designs and added features, such as a spacious porch and new appliances donated from GE.  Then, in 2016, we took a greater risk with our design. We asked our prospective homeowners, our stakeholders, and the community what they valued most in a home. All that research lead to our most impressive design and benchmark yet:  our 2016 Parade of Homes award winning home.

This home paved the way for our new philosophy:  your home, your choice. We work with prospective homeowners to create a home that is affordable to their means and has their creative stamp on the design. We offer a bevy of different options for your home tailored to what you can comfortably afford.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to invest in your future by initiating your home buying journey, give us a call. We take pride in the success of our home buyers and we look forward to assisting you in achieving homeownership. Make sure to fill out an interest form by clicking the button below!

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