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Join us for a Women Build Home Dedication

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Join us for a Manatee County Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication of the Women Build
Saturday, Nov. 4th

2214 10th St. West
Bradenton, Florida FL 34205
Please join Manatee County Habitat for Humanity at the Home Dedication for Brittany Holley and her family. Come celebrate her accomplishments of becoming a Habitat home buyer with her friends, family, fellow Habitat volunteers, donors and sponsors. This event marks the end of a two year  endeavor and the beginning of a new future in a safe and stable home.

Many people participated on the Women Build and we anticipate a good turnout.  
Please RSVP to Amy Van Dell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can plan appropriately.

Street parking on 10th and 11th St. West is available and carpooling is encouraged.

Manatee Habitat for Humanity and Bank of America partnered to build a home in Bradenton as part of fourth Global Build

Mike McCoy Britnie Mayhew and Diana Shoemaker

Mike McCoy, Britnie Mayhew, and Diana Shoemaker

Bradenton, Fla. (Oct. 5, 2017) – Manatee County Habitat for Humanity and Bank of America came together in the Bradenton as part of Bank of America’s fourth Global Build in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Bank of America employee volunteers worked alongside homeowners to help build, rehabilitate or repairs homes, helping to address affordable housing needs.

“When families have access to affordable housing, they’re more likely to have long-term financial stability,” said Mike McCoy, Sarasota/Manatee market president, Bank of America. “Our employees enjoy partnering with Habitat for Humanity and the future homeowner to help them gain economic mobility and build a thriving Bradenton community.”

The Bradenton home build comes as part of the fourth Habitat Global Build (#GlobalBuild) that marks the bank’s more than 30-year commitment to Habitat for Humanity. Between September 30 and October 7, more than 2,500 Bank of America employee volunteers, Habitat for Humanity colleagues, and families are working together on builds and revitalization projects that help families achieve the dream of homeownership. Projects will take place in more than 88 communities across six countries, including the U.S.

“Bank of America has been a long-standing partner with Manatee Habitat and we always enjoy working with their team and appreciate their support,” said Diana Shoemaker, Executive Director, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity purchases land for affordable housing

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MANATEE - Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is eying its fourth planned multi-unit affordable housing development on 3 acres of land in Samoset, and will be looking to the community for help.

With a history of building or rehabbing single-unit homes in low-income neighborhoods, the agency has broadened its vision over the years to work on larger developments. The most recent one, Hope Landing in Ellenton, was completed in 2015.

Hopes are high to begin construction on the Samoset property by 2019, but there is much to do.

The three acres at the end of 32nd Avenue East off of Ninth Street East has long been vacant and at one time, was a tomato farm. It has belonged to the Poling family for decades and they wanted the property to be put to good use.

“They approached us about a year ago,” said Roger Arnholt, president of Habitat’s board of directors. “They had a real interest in affordable housing and this was a way to mesh their interest with ours to achieve our shared goal.”

Habitat closed on the property on Monday after completing all of the necessary soil testing.

“I am very happy that our family farm will be used to provide homes for families through Manatee Habitat,” said Caroline Poling Steward, on behalf of herself and brother Delbert Poling.

Habitat is looking to raise $700,000 to make the development happen, including the initial infrastructure. The development will feature a community garden because the area is considered to be a food desert, meaning there is no quality, affordable fresh foods in at least a mile from the site. There is an elementary and high school in the area, which appealed to Habitat. Arnholt said the majority of residents served are families with school-aged children.

Amy Van Delt, resource development manager for Habitat, said the low-income neighborhood also is one of three areas in Manatee County targeted for affordable housing.

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is one of the few nonprofit agencies that have won national awards for also building green communities and the new Poling Gardens community will be built in the same model.

Though early in the process and with site planning still left to do, Arnholt expects the development to have about 15 single-family homes. Besides filling a crucial gap in the county’s affordable housing needs, Habitat likes the larger developments because they create a sense of shared needs that tend to bring the community together in taking pride in home ownership.

“It creates an entire community of people that come together with a shared commitment to not only themselves, but their children,” Arnholt said. “We love doing the single-family infill projects and we are doing those now in Washington Park and Village of the Arts. But when you can build a community with shared aspects, then it becomes something pretty special.”

Van Delt said the mantra used to be breaking the cycle of poverty, but it’s more about breaking the cycle of multi-generational renting.

“You have generations of families who have never owned a home,” she said.

Habitat will be seeking corporate sponsors and donations and holding fund-raising events to raise the money needed for the development.

A community kickoff event will take place at the 3 Keys Brewing at 2505 Manatee Ave. E. from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at 3 Keys Brewing, 2505 Manatee Ave. E. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to Habitat, which will be on site to inform the community about the new development and garner community support.

Check as those details emerge or call 941-748-9100 to find out more.

Mark Young: 941-745-7041, @urbanmark2014

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Habitat for Humanity to build green community of single family homes in Bradenton

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BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - Up to 18 single family homes will be built on  three acres in the west Samoset section of Bradenton.  Manatee County Habitat for Humanity recently bought the land, which is a former tomato farm.

"We're very excited about doing a community particularly in this area where there is a great need for affordable housing," said Amy Van Dell, Resource Manager for Manatee County Habitat for Humanity.  "We know it's going to involve a lot of the community members that come together and that have come together with us in the past."

This Habitat for Humanity community will be located on 32nd Avenue East.  Bill Moore's home sits right next to the land.  He says that he's okay with having this development built here.

"As long as they're good residents and keep to themselves, everything will be fine," said Moore.

We're being told, the neighborhood will be called Poling Gardens in recognition of the family who sold the property.  It will feature environmentally friendly green homes and a community garden.

"I am a gardener, a conservationist and a builder which is at times can be at odds with each other, however this is an oppurtunity to put all of those together," said Bruce Winter, Director of Construction for Habitat for Humanity.

In the coming months, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity will be raising money for the project.  Once construction gets underway, they will be looking for volunteers to help build the homes.  Ground is expected to be broken here sometime late next year with all the homes being finished within a couple of years.

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