More families in Pinellas have the opportunity to own a home due to the work of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County (Habitat for Pinellas). Chuck Oldanie used his deep connections with Habitat for Humanity to have Dave Gerald, Homeowner Outreach Coordinator for Habitat Pinellas County, come present to the club. Through Chuck’s leadership, Seminole Lake Rotary has a long history of partnering with Habitat for Humanity, having participated in builds in India, Mississippi, and elsewhere.
The club meeting commenced with club president, Glenn Stamm, deftly orchestrating the meeting agenda, including the Invocation, Four Way Test, Pledge of Allegiance, Club Business, and Happy Dollars.
Once we had completed the initial portions of the meeting, Glenn asked Chuck introduce the program for the meeting and Dave as the speaker. Dave shared a wealth of information with us about Habitat for Pinellas and Habitat for Humanity overall. Habitat for Pinellas has built over 369 homes in Pinellas County and has another four on track to be completed in the next few weeks. Habitat is a Christian-based organization but will build and help finance homes for people of any creed or religion.
Families and individuals interested in acquiring a home through Habitat must apply and meet several criteria, including income range, need, time in Pinellas County, employment, and credit. Applicants who qualify are given a 30 year interest free mortgage, as well as a series of courses and a mentor to help them be successful in home ownership.
All homes built by Habitat are of the highest possible quality. Habitat is the 6th largest homebuilder in the U.S. and consequently has developed a significant amount of knowledge and expertise in building affordable quality homes. All Habitat of Pinellas construction is overseen by a licensed, experienced contractor.
Affordable housing is as big an issue today as ever. Committed to doing its part to enable families and individuals to have the opportunity to own a home, Habitat of Pinellas is planning to build 52 homes in the next year, which means completing an average of one home per week.
We were very thankful to have the opportunity to get a detailed understanding of Habitat’s operations, goals, and programs. Thanks to Chuck and Dave for making this possible.