Celebrating Juneteenth & Homeownership Month
Celebrating Juneteenth & Homeownership Month
 June 2022                                                                                                    Donate now

Celebrating Juneteenth

We celebrate and commemorate Juneteenth – the emancipation of African Americans who had been enslaved in the United States. Learn more about the history of Juneteenth here.

At Habitat Orlando & Osceola, we are committed to increasing homeownership opportunities for Black individuals and families in Central Florida – and addressing the racial and systemic bias that has stymied access to homeownership for generations. 

In honor of Juneteenth, we encourage you to celebrate, educate, advocate, and shop in ways that support Black communities in and around our community. Here is information on Orlando-area Juneteenth events, historic African American districts and venues, and Black-owned businesses:
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Meet future homeowner Solangi

When this high school chorus teacher looked into homeownership, she found her salary was not enough to afford a home in the current housing market.
“As a single person who is a teacher, homeownership seemed impossible,” she said. “I thought that this was a dream I would never get to realize.”
Construction will start in November on her energy-efficient Habitat home with an affordable mortgage in Silver Pines Pointe. 
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Sponsor spotlight:

BBX Capital

In celebration of the global Pay It Forward Day, BBX Capital partnered with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Florida, Mississippi, and Canada to build homes, communities, and hope. In Orlando, we welcomed volunteers from Las Olas Confections and Altman Construction for this special Team Build to help families in need of safe and affordable housing build better lives for themselves and their children. Thank you for your generous donation and support!
Dana Purifoy, senior director of manufacturing operations for Las Olas Confections, told us about how this volunteer day benefited both Habitat and her team:

Congrats, Blitz homeowners!

Last month, three of our six Builders Blitz homeowners closed on their homes that were built back in February! Congratulations to Daniel & Oriana, Wonda and Jessica. We're so excited see you and your families thrive in your safe and affordable home.
Thank again to our 2022 builders, Jack Jennings & Sons, Park Square Homes, PCL Construction, Pulte Homes and Walker & Company, and their vendors and subcontractors, who made Builders Blitz possible.
Look back at Builders Blitz & read their stories

Dedicating Hope Commons

We were honored to be part of the ribbon-cutting event for Hope Commons in downtown Kissimmee on June 2. Congratulations to Rev. Mary Downey and the Hope Partnership team for officially opening the doors to their new facility, and thanks for including us as one of your nonprofit partners. We're looking forward to using our office space to expand our homeownership, mentoring, and home repair programs in Osceola County! Here are just a few of the photos from this amazing day.

Thank you, State Farm!

State Farm sent a team to the build site in May to help install windows on a Habitat house. They also wrote blessings on the home's beams. Thank you, State Farm, for supporting affordable housing in Central Florida through your time, talent and treasure.

Come join our team!

We are hiring for the following positions:
  • Repair Project Manager
  • Construction Administrative Assistant
  • Accountant
  • Development Officer
  • Client Intake Coordinator
  • IT Support Specialist
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Homebuyer ready

Tanisha didn’t originally qualify for Habitat due to her debt and credit score, but she worked with one of our mentors to improve her finances, and she will soon purchase her new Habitat home! 
We're excited to be able to help more Central Floridians become homebuyer ready as we work to become a HUD-certified housing counselor.

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June is Homeownership Awareness Month!

To celebrate, Habitat for Humanity has a goal to secure 100 planned gifts this month to help families in need of safe and affordable housing. We have partnered with FreeWill to give you a free, online tool that guides you through the process of writing a will in 20 minutes or less. We’re sharing this resource with our friends and homeowners to provide a simple way to protect the people that make your house a home — and sustain the causes you care about.
It’s never been easier to take care of this necessary task for all that you love. Start your will and join Habitat’s Hundred Legacies today!
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