Housing counseling | Replacing roofs | Garbage disposal tune up
Housing counseling | Replacing roofs | Garbage disposal tune up
  September 2023                                                                                            Donate now

She delivers mail to hundreds of houses each day. She can't afford one of her own.

It's time to Face The Housing Crisis™

Through Habitat Orlando & Osceola's Face the Housing Crisis™ initiative, we invite you to learn more about the housing challenges that affect a concerning number of teachers, firefighters, nurses, and others who are the backbone of our community.
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New FREE service: Housing Counseling

We are now a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved local Housing Counseling Agency! 

Our housing counselors can assist Central Floridians with: 
  • Pre-purchase/Homebuying Counseling (for Habitat’s homeownership program or a traditional mortgage
  • Financial Management/Budget Counseling
  • Foreclosure Intervention and Prevention
  • Pre-purchase Homebuyer Education Workshops
  • And more!
Learn more and sign up for a one-on-one session today!
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Now accepting applications for free roof replacements!

Our roof replacement program funded by Orange County Government is accepting a new round of applications. Please watch the video above and visit the page below for more information on the program’s requirements. A link to the prequalification survey – the first step of an application – is located at the end of the page. 
Please note: Spots for qualified applicants are very limited, so don’t wait – apply today! 
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Clockwise from top left: Charmaine and Audley with family, Camrell (right) with his brother, Marie (left) and her sister, and Jennifer and Robert with their son. 

Closing corner

Wow, we had so many touching celebrations over the summer with families closing on their energy-efficient Habitat homes with affordable mortgages! Congrats to our newest homeowners and thanks to the family members who attended to support them. Marie's sister drove 250 miles to surprise her! Her reaction in this video is priceless:

Upcoming free classes

Habitat U classes are free but space is limited, so please reserve your space today!

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Save the date: Applications for homeownership open on Oct. 11

Ready for homeownership? Apply to purchase a new, energy-efficient, affordable home in the Greater Orlando area. We will begin accepting applications at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. Please review our criteria page so you are prepared to apply.
Please note: Once the portal opens, don’t delay – there are limited spots available. Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received.
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Homeownership Tips

From the experts in our Program Services and Construction departments

Tips to keep your garbage disposal working efficiently and safely

While a relatively low-maintenance appliance, your disposal is not a miracle worker and requires smart use and occasional maintenance to continue being an effective part of your clean-up routine. Following the tips below will keep your disposal working efficiently and safely!
  • Avoid putting fatty foods, grease, or starchy foods, like potatoes and pasta, down the disposal.
  • Don’t stop your disposal too soon when grinding up food.
  • Don’t put hard or fibrous foods down the drain.
  • To help remove unpleasant odors emanating from your disposal, try cutting up lemons into small pieces (remove the seeds!) and grind them in the disposal with warm water
  • Never put your hands in the disposal to clean or remove clogs/jams.
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Life insurance explained

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month! Understanding the importance of life insurance is crucial for you and your family’s long-term financial security. The insurer guarantees to pay a sum of money to designated beneficiaries upon the death of the insured, in exchange for premium payments made during the policyholder’s lifetime.

What can be covered with Life Insurance?
  • Funeral or cremation cost
  • Medical bills that are not covered by health insurance.
  • Estate settlement cost
  • Paying off debt
  • Replacing Income
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We are No. 2 on Best Places to Work list

We are honored to be ranked No. 2 in the Small Company category for the 2023 Best Places to Work by the Orlando Business Journal! Thank you to our team for their dedication and commitment to building homes and changing lives, and to our clients and supporters - we couldn't do our work without you.
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P.s. We're hiring! Learn more about our open positions here.

In the News

We must tackle the housing crisis head-on - commentary

By CATHERINE STECK MCMANUS | Orlando Sentinel | August 30, 2023
By Orlando Business Journal | August 25, 2023
Their Dream, Our Mission Campaign - A look behind the scenes of our 2022 awareness campaign
By &BARR | August 2023

Supporter Spotlight:

Synchrony Foundation

Thank you for your recent grant to give local families a hand-up on their journey to a more stable life! It's through supporters like you that we can build housing and financial stability in our community.

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