New! Housing counseling | Best builder award | Estate planning tips
New! Housing counseling | Best builder award | Estate planning tips
  August 2023                                                                                                 Donate now

He'll run into a house on fire but doesn't have a house of his own.

It's time to Face The Housing Crisis™

The face of the housing crisis isn’t always who you think it is. Increasingly, the proportion of Central Floridians struggling to secure affordable housing threatens to undermine workforce supply and erode regional quality of life.

Through our newly launched 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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We're looking for Crew Leaders

Join us at our info session today or contact us below to learn more

Crew Leaders are special volunteers who come out to the build site regularly to guide less-experienced volunteers. It’s a modest monthly commitment, and you receive training. Join us for an info session to learn what it’s all about!

Crew Leader info session & mixer
Join us at our warehouse to learn more about the Crew Leader program. Then stay for a mixer to get to know other crew leaders and our staff. Food and drinks will be served!
When: Thursday, Aug. 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Habitat Orlando & Osceola Headquarters, 4116 Silver Star Road, Orlando
Interested but can't make it to this event? Contact us

Thanks for voting us #1 Home Builder! 

Orlando Weekly released the 2023 Best of Orlando list yesterday and we were so delighted to see that readers chose us for this top honor. Congrats to our fellow nominees and thanks for your support!

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Upcoming free classes

Check out our schedule for August & September

Estate Planning

Aug. 29 at 10 AM

Foreclosure Prevention

Sept. 6 at 11 AM

Community Engagement

Sept. 9 at 9 AM
Learn more & register

New service: Housing counseling kicks off in September!

We are excited to announce that we are now a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. We've been providing a monthly First-time Homebuyer Workshop, a free HUD-approved 8-hour certificate class for those who are ready to take the first step toward homeownership. 
Starting in September, we will begin providing one-on-one housing counseling and guidance to Central Floridians who want to purchase a home or maintain their home. Click below to learn more and get notified when counseling registration opens! 
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Homeownership Tips

From the experts in our Program Services and Construction departments

Estate planning 101

Creating a legal will and estate plan is a critical aspect of financial management that ensures your assets are distributed according to your wishes after your passing.
It’s never too soon to start estate planning. Here are a few tips to help get you started:
  • Consider your goals and objectives for your estate plan. Clarify your wishes for asset distributions, property, guardianship, and any other specific considerations you may have. 
  • Build a comprehensive list of all your assets, including bank accounts, investments, real estate, personal belongings, and more. This helps to designate what goes where in the event of your passing. 
  • Start to decide on who the beneficiaries of your estate will be and who you would like to appoint as the executor to administer your estate.
  • Consult with an experienced estate planning attorney or professional who can provide guidance and ensure that your estate plan meets all legal requirements and addresses your unique needs.
We provide education and resource materials to the community about proper estate planning. Register for our free Estate Planning course on Aug. 29!
August is National Make-A-Will Month and we have a secure estate planning tool you can use to make or update your will in just 20 minutes for free.

Don't flush money down the drain — maintain your toilets

Toilets are one of the most underrated fixtures in your home; a necessity that has damaging, and significantly unpleasant, consequences when it stops working. 
Some basic tips and routine maintenance can both prevent backups and resolve them more quickly if they do happen. It can also prevent money from flushing down the drain (pun intended) with higher water bills and expensive plumbing costs.
  • Clean your toilet regularly, including those water jets located just under the rim of your toilet. If they become clogged, they will prevent your toilet from flushing properly.
  • Never, ever flush anything other than regular waste and toilet paper. Home plumbing systems and utility sewer systems were not built to accommodate anything that doesn’t break down easily and this will quickly cause issues for your indoor plumbing — and potentially your neighbors' — if the sewer system becomes overwhelmed with inappropriate materials.
  • If your toilet appears to be running at odd times or consistently, it likely means a loose flapper in your toilet tank. This is a circular piece of rubber attached to the flush handle by a chain that sits over the drain connecting the water tank to the bowl. If the flush chain is too tight or the rubber has deteriorated over time, it can prevent the flapper from completely blocking the drain, causing water to leak and requiring the toilet tank to refill more frequently. The chain is simple to adjust and replacement flappers are inexpensive, easy to obtain, and easy to install without professional assistance.
  • Check the water shutoff valve located behind your toilet. This valve can stiffen up over time, becoming hard to turn, which is not something you want to discover when you need to shut off the water quickly. Be sure to twist it on and off occasionally to make sure it remains easy to twist.
  • If your home has a septic system, be sure to flush a septic maintenance compound, such as Rid-X down your toilet once per month, in addition to having your tank pumped once every three years to keep your plumbing working properly.

In the News

Habitat for Humanity launches plan for ‘more housing and more affordability'

By RYAN GILLESPIE | Orlando Sentinel | August 17, 2023

New program in Osceola County could help lower cost of home insurance

By MEGAN MELLADO | WESH 2 News | July 27, 2023 

Supporter Spotlight: Duke Energy

We are so thankful to Duke Energy for their recent grant to help our community prepare for, respond to, and recover from Central Florida’s hurricanes and other natural disasters. Their support strengthens our resolve to continue building a world where everyone can thrive, regardless of the challenges they encounter.

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