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Community

“A Better Brownsville” meeting set for Monday

A Better Brownsville meeting set for Monday. Find out how to RSVP and be part of revitalizing this great neighborhood. Read full story

Economy

Finding home sweet home can be a tough sell

Pensacola among areas where rent-burdened folks may be squeezed even further

Pensacola is short 3,000 housing units to meet the need, as national data finds the number of people squeezed to afford housing is on the rise. Read full story

Community

Habitat for Humanity to host Open House April 18

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity will be hosting their first 2015 Open House on Saturday, April 18. Read full story

Community

These spring breakers are all about giving back

Collegiate Challenge program lets college students to do good in Pensacola

Throughout the month of March, Collegiate Challenge program lets college students to do good in Pensacola. Read full story

News

Habitat wants your hospitality

New Habitat project asks people to help provide a dinner once a week for the volunteers

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity launching hospitality project to help feed volunteers in the community helping with repairs from last year's flooding. Read full story

News

Branching out from building homes

Habitat For Humanity is into more than building homes. The history of the Pensacola chapter of that group — which builds single-family homes for eligible families and requires those owners to put “sweat equity” into the construction of a home — has been focused for more than 30 years on homebuilding. But lately, they’ve been doing some things a little differently. The Pensacola Habitat chapter has shifted some of its resources into a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. It aims to help coordinate relatively small repairs to existing housing stock. It is an effort that allows Tim Evans and his team at Habitat to connect people who need a little help fixing up their homes with groups or agencies that have a body of willing volunteers to do the work. Previously, Evans said, such efforts weren’t well organized overall. Say, for example, “an elderly homeowner has an issue with their roof,” Evans said. “They could call the county office, who will put them on the back end of a 300-person waiting list to get any kind support. “Which feels like, “Thank you for calling, we can’t do anything about that.” Evans said both city and county housing officials share that waiting list for repairs with Habitat, which, with the Neighborhood Revitalization effort, can start whittling some folks off that list. That’s what they call a win-win. The efforts have seen good initial success in the Eastside neighborhood and in Cantonment, where the Cantonment Improvement Committee took the lead on small rehab projects. Committee president Josh Womack said some of the projects they have done in Cantonment around landscaping at a park and some painting and light rehab work to a home drew the eye of Habitat. “Habitat had these surveys they had to do downtown and they said it takes 3 or 4 months to do those and we did it in four hours,” Womack said. “We did an interior survey of homes. Some homes need tearing down but some just need work.” Michael Riley, committee member, describes the pairing between his group and Habitat as “just like matching peanut butter and chocolate together.” And they plan future projects under the partnership. Partnerships like that are a natural extension of Habitat’s overall ethos of helping people become involved in bettering their own station in life. This just writes that large across a whole neighborhood. “That’s where our community development work is going,” Evans said. “Developing within the neighborhoods the commitment to sustain improvements.” In the past three years or so, Evans said the Pensacola chapter has built 350 homes. That, he says, doesn’t even scratch the surface of the need for affordable housing. Having “affordable housing” Evans said, means you don’t spend more than 30 percent of your monthly income on housing. “So many people are “cost burdened” on their housing, which means out of their monthly income they will be paying 50, 60, and 70 percent of their monthly income just to have secured housing,” he said. Focusing a little more effort on making the existing housing stock — replete with 30-, 40-, or 50-year-old homes that may be owned outright but are in disrepair — safe and habitable for years to come also is a way to increase the area’s inventory of affordable housing. “It also helps preserve the character of the city and its neighborhoods,” said Peggy Fowler, who leads Habitat’s revitalization effort. This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story

Community

Habitat ReStore needs your muscle

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore wants to remind you that if a remodel or makeover is on your spring to-do list, think of them before you think of the landfill or the Dumpster. The store resells appliances, tools, flooring, lumber, plywood, yard maintenance tools, housewares, home decor and more that are in good condition. They will pick up your donation if you can’t get the material to them. Call 476-0001 to schedule a pickup Tuesday through Sunday in Escambia or Santa Rosa counties. And if you can volunteer to be part of a ReStore salvage crew, you can lend a hand that way. Crew volunteers are contacted as a group and given details about the scope of a job, time, date and number of volunteers needed. A large crew of varying abilities helps them respond to more types of salvage requests. if you or someone you know is experienced in construction, deconstruction or remodeling, call Connie Bryars at 434-5456 ext. 120 or email cbryars@pensacolahabitat.org. The Habitat ReStore is at 5810 N. Palafox St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story