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Our Mission & Vision

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity transforms lives and communities by building and preserving affordable homes with families and by uniting all people around the cause of affordable housing.

Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Story

For over 25 years, it’s been our privilege and honor to see people join together to build and renovate homes that offer Manatee County families the opportunity to live life from a position of strength, stability, and self-reliance. We have witnessed the power of safe shelter and how it removes barriers that block opportunity, helps families thrive, and keeps children healthy.

Founded in 1984 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Manatee Habitat has built and sold 137 Habitat homes in Manatee County through home construction. An additional 25 families annually are served through our Home Preservation Program making their homes safe and secure. Manatee Habitat has build homes throughout Manatee County with communities in Palmetto, Ellenton and a future 16 home community in Samoset.

These accomplishments have been the result of collaboration between business, faith organizations, municipalities, community organization and thousands of volunteers who each year become part of the solution to Manatee County’s affordable housing need.

Non-proselytizing policy

Habitat for Humanity and its affiliate organizations will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

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Who We Serve

Habitat homebuyers are of low to moderate income, with a stable employment record and decent credit history. Participants are chosen based on their need, ability to pay, and willingness to fulfill the “sweat equity” component: helping to build their future home or those of their Habitat neighbors. Learn more about becoming a Habitat homeowner here.

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How We Work

We are a non-profit housing developer that works with people just like you to offer hard-working families “a hand up, not a hand out”. We do this by helping families build equity, financial stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership, home preservation, advocacy, and financial education. Learn more about our housing programs here.

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Why Affordable Housing Matters

In Florida, 1 in 7 families spend more than half their income on housing. We’re working hard to change that. Manatee Habitat’s diverse programs give families a path towards financial stability and the choice to remain within their communities.

“I’ve prayed for this for so long. It’s a wonderful feeling to bring your child up in a community that you helped build – it shows her that anything is possible” – Maritza G
Future Habitat Homeowner

 

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