History & Milestones

1976

Habitat for Humanity International was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller.

1981

Wilhelmina McNamara founds Pensacola Habitat for Humanity.

1984

Pensacola Habitat’s first home was completed.

1990

Betty Salter becomes Executive Director of Pensacola Habitat for Humanity. She served in a voluntary capacity for 21 years and holds the record for the longest-serving volunteer Executive Director among Habitat affiliates.

1992

Personnel USS Forrestal (U.S. Navy aircraft carrier) and a local builder partner with Pensacola Habitat to dry-in five Habitat homes in one week using over 100 volunteers.

1993

Pensacola Habitat and local home builder, Edwin Henry, construct three homes in 11 hours 32 minutes 18 seconds with the help of over 500 volunteers. Homes were completely finished and the family moved immediately.

1994

Pensacola Habitat set a Habitat world record constructing a home in 5 hours 57 minutes 13 seconds.

1996

Pensacola was the host site for Habitat for Humanity International’s 50,000th house. The following day, the Home Shopping Network held a live broadcast of a 24 hour blitz build of one home.

2001

Pensacola Habitat completes its 300th home.

2004

Two Lowe’s Women Build homes were constructed from start to finish in 24 hours. The build received national media attention.

2005

The Pensacola Habitat ReStore opens, selling surplus and gently used building supplies, home furnishings, and antiques.  All proceeds go towards the construction of more homes.

2006

Six homes were dried-in in four days with the help of over 600 student-athletes. The event included on-site builds as well as a demonstration build of three homes.

2008

Partnering with Lowe’s, Pensacola Habitat dried-in two homes in ten days using local Lowe’s employees, military and other local volunteers.

2010

Pensacola Habitat is one of seven Habitat affiliates to receive a Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 grant from the U.S. Office of Housing and Urban Development. The grant, totaling $24 million helped fund the construction of 320 homes that were built between 2010 and 2013.

2011

Pensacola Habitat celebrates its 30th anniversary and moves into a larger building on West Leonard Street. The new building is appropriately named the “Betty and James Salter Center.” Betty Salter retires as executive director and is succeeded by current director, Timothy H. Evans. Pensacola Habitat’s single-family home sales in Escambia County account for the largest market share among all home builders, at 15.22%.

2012

Pensacola Habitat’s Global Village team travels to Nepal to participate in the Everest Build.  Over 500 volunteers from around the world partnered to build 35 homes in five days.

2013

Pensacola Habitat launched its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative with clean ups in the Westside Garden District and Cantonment neighborhoods. Hundreds of volunteers cleared debris, trimmed vacant lots, and repaired damaged sidewalks.

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