Celebrating 37 years | AC tune-up | Savings tips
Celebrating 37 years | AC tune-up | Savings tips
    May 2023                                                                                                 Donate now

Community support has helped us build, rehab, and repair over 800 homes in Central Florida

This week in 1986, we began our journey toward creating more affordable housing in Central Florida. We are honored to be one of the 20 "Super Habitats" out of over 1,200 affiliates.
Thanks to the hard work of all our volunteers, donors, partners, and employees, we are not only continuing our mission, but we are growing and expanding our impact every day. Please join us in celebrating how far we’ve come!

Free Habitat U classes

Earlier this month we debuted a new lineup of in-person classes and information sessions in Orange and Osceola counties as part of our commitment to educate and inform our community about homeownership and home preservation. All classes are open to the public and free but space is limited, so please reserve your spot today!

Know someone who may be interested in our new classes? Help us spread the word by sharing this email or our Eventbrite page!

Foreclosure Prevention

Wednesday, May 24 from 5-7 p.m. 

4116 Silver Star Road, Orlando
Leave with an understanding of escrow accounts, mortgage payments, loss mitigation, and more. Reserve a spot >>

Financial Literacy: Saving

Wednesday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

4116 Silver Star Road, Orlando
Learn tips on savings, preparing for future expenses, banking, and much more. Reserve a spot >>

Hurricane Preparedness

Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to noon 

2131 Partin Settlement Road, Kissimmee
We will share tips on having an emergency plan, home insurance, and what home inspections are needed to ensure your home is ready. Reserve a spot >>

Financial Literacy: Youth (ages 14-18)

Saturday, June 10 from 1-2 p.m.

2131 Partin Settlement Road, Kissimmee
High-school-aged children learn healthy spending habits, how to organize & monitor your finances, and so much more. Reserve a spot >>

A hole-in-one to benefit affordable housing!

Thanks to all who supported our inaugural golf tournament

We are so grateful to our sponsors, players, staff, volunteers, and everyone who supported our inaugural tournament and mission to make housing affordable in Central Florida. We couldn't do this work without partners like you!
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From the build site: Thank you April Team Build sponsors!

Thank you to Ravago, AdventHealth, Scott + Cormia, Qorvo, PaverScape and Austin Commercial who came out in April to hang siding, caulk, paint, do drywall work, and more. We appreciate your donation of time, talent, and treasure!
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Closing corner

Ebony, Melissa, Darimar, and Briannah recently closed on their energy-efficient homes with affordable mortgages in Holden Heights and Silver Pines Pointe. Darimar, who is a first-generation American and first-generation homeowner, told us, "Home means freedom. Freedom to live in something that is mine. Freedom to decorate as I please." Congratulations, everyone!
Read their stories

Homeownership Tips

From the experts in our Program Services and Construction departments

Avoid impulse spending this summer

As the school year comes to an end, summer break can bring added expenses such as camps, vacations, and home improvements. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves impulsively spending and straining our credit cards. You can avoid this by having a plan. Budgeting is a great way to ensure your wants are aligned with your finances.
Some simple steps to follow:
  • Create a list of all your monthly expenses.
  • Using your bank and/or credit card statements, create a list of your actual spending habits. Every dollar should be accounted for. 
  • Identify how much you spend in a month and then subtract the amount from your monthly net income.
  • If your expenses are more than your income:
    • Identify what expenses are a want vs. a need.
    • Then eliminate or reduce spending on the wants. 
  • If you have a surplus after your financial obligations are met, then you can plan additional activities around that amount.
A financial check-up monthly or quarterly allows you to be honest about your spending habits and encourages the power of saying NO to your wants when having to make financial decisions.
Use this budget tool to look at what you make and spend each month.
Sign up for a free savings class

Monthly AC tune-up can ward off expensive repairs

This spring has already been a scorcher and, as your first line of defense against the heat and humidity of Florida, your air conditioning unit is likely already getting a workout! Make sure you take the time to show it some attention (and ward off expensive AC repair bills) with some simple, regular maintenance.
  1. Change your air filter every month, particularly if you live in a house with pets or near a construction area. Dirty air filters can impede airflow to your unit and make the system work harder than it needs to, eventually causing it to break.
  2. While you’re changing your filter, pour ¼ cup of distilled vinegar into your drain line to keep it clear from buildup that can cause it to overflow.
  3. Check your outside AC unit to ensure it has unimpeded airflow and is debris-free.
  4. Be sure to run a clean cloth or vacuum over your AC return vents in each room to keep them free from dust that can lower the air quality in your home.
  5. Check the battery on your thermostat periodically to ensure it is operating correctly.
For more information and tips on maintaining a healthy AC system, visit the US Department of Energy website.
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Come work with us! 

At Habitat Orlando & Osceola, we’re on a mission to build more than just homes. We’re building hope and community. If a career impacting lives for the better sounds like something for you, check out our open positions!
  • Construction Runner
  • Construction Site Foreperson
  • Land Planner
  • Lead Carpenter
  • Bilingual Housing Counselor
  • Client Support Coordinator
Human Resources
  • Human Resource Generalist
  • Marketing & Communication Coordinator
  • Facilities Manager
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