Teens invest in future | St. Cloud program debuts | Keep dishwasher fresh
Teens invest in future | St. Cloud program debuts | Keep dishwasher fresh
 March 21, 2024                                                                                              Donate now

Teens invest in their future at first Youth Summit

This month, Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County hosted more than two dozen teenagers for our inaugural Habitat U Youth Summit. During the event, generously sponsored by PNC Bank and Central Florida Foundation, 30 high school students gained invaluable knowledge about financial literacy and community engagement. From how to balance a budget to how our governments function, the teenagers learned important lessons and skills to better prepare for their futures. Our next Youth Summit is slated for September!

Applications open for new roof replacement program serving St. Cloud homeowners 🏡

Calling all St. Cloud homeowners! Does your roof need to be replaced? Join us on April 2 to learn more about this new program funded by the City of St. Cloud.
Learn more & register

Have you raised your hand for change?

Join us as we work together to Face The Housing Crisis™

More Central Floridians are struggling to secure affordable housing and that affects the entire community, threatening to undermine workforce supply and erode regional quality of life. 
Answer the call by signing up to receive updates and information about ways you can engage, including becoming a Cornerstone Housing™ Delegate. We're looking for 812 folks to represent each Orange & Osceola neighborhood and we're about halfway there!
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Upcoming free classes

This month's Habitat U classes focus on financial literacy! It's the perfect place to embark on your journey to homeownership. March's HUD-approved First Time Homebuyer Workshop will be taught in Spanish in Osceola County.

Reminder: All of our classes are free and open to the public (you don't need to be a Habitat homebuyer!) but space is limited, so please reserve your space today!
Financial Literacy: Credit
Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m.
Virtual Foreclosure Prevention
Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m.

Looking for resources?

🏠 Homeownership Program applications are open for new construction homes just minutes from downtown Orlando. Learn more >
🤝 HUD Housing Counseling offers free 1:1 sessions with housing advisors and First-time Homebuyer Workshops to those looking to buy a home or preserve their current home. Learn more >
🌀 Habitat Inspects Program offers free wind mitigation and 4-point inspection vouchers that could potentially help reduce home insurance costs, and uncover home maintenance issues. Learn more > 
🔨 St. Cloud Roof Replacement Program applications are now open for this program in partnership with the City of St. Cloud. Learn more >
📙 Habitat U offers free classes on financial literacy, disaster preparedness, home maintenance, estate planning, and more. Learn more >

Key Moments

Congratulations to our new Habitat homeowners!

Kaletah (top) said her new Habitat home will provide stability for her daughters, and a place they can call their own, serving as a foundation for their family going forward. She finds comfort in knowing her girls will always have a place to call home.
Maddie & Kermit (bottom) are happy to no longer have to worry about rising rents, and instead be able to pay an affordable mortgage on a home that they own.

'It cut my total premium in half': WESH 2 highlights Habitat Inspects success story

WESH 2's Gail Paschall-Brown interviewed Orange County homeowner Eddie Lee, 82, last month about how a free wind mitigation inspection through our program changed the veteran's life. Being on a fixed income, Lee said the savings have made all the difference. "When I'm buying groceries and stuff like that, I don't have to penny-pinch," Lee said.

You can click here to see the full story.


Homeownership Tips

From the experts in our Program Services and Construction departments

Did you know your dishwasher needs cleaning too? Here’s how

Have you ever opened the door to your dishwasher and recoiled when what should smell clean reminds you instead of your old school locker room?

It seems counterintuitive that the fixtures in your home created for the express purpose of cleaning things need to be cleaned themselves. It can be tempting to run straight for the bleach, but first look at the tips below to keep your dishwasher working (and smelling) great.
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Supporter Spotlight:

FAIRWINDS Foundation

A heartfelt thank you to the incredible team at FAIRWINDS Foundation! This generous grant for our Habitat U and Housing Counseling program will make a monumental impact. With their help, we'll empower underserved individuals and families to gain financial literacy education and achieve real housing security. Thank you for believing in our mission and making dreams possible! 

Still a few spots left for Saturday's first-time homebuyer workshop taught in Spanish

Do you know a Spanish speaker in Osceola County interested in getting on the path to homeownership? We are hosting a free first-time homebuyer workshop at Hart Memorial Central Library in Kissimmee THIS SATURDAY at 9 a.m. Forward them the event link below. Registration is free!

Next week: Join us at Commissioner Emily Bonilla's 'Tenant to Owner' event! 🏡🔑

Join us at Commissioner Emily Bonilla's "Tenant to Owner: Navigating Renting & Buying" event on March 28, at Goldenrod Recreation Center, 4863 N. Goldenrod Road in Winter Park. We are proud to be one of the keynote speakers at the event, sharing our expertise to help Central Floridians on the path to first-time homebuyer success.

We’re hiring! Apply to join our team today

As our programs continue to grow, so does our team! We are looking for new team members including:

     • Construction Site Foreperson
     • Receptionist
Senior Land Acquisition Specialist
     • Volunteer Specialist

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