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Key West, FL 33040
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MAIL: P.O. 5873, Key West, FL  33045
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More than building homes, we build communities, we build hope and we build the opportunity for families to help themselves.


 

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What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry which believes that every person deserves a decent place to live. Our mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys is one of more than 1,400 affiliates in the United States and about 70 national organizations around the world which coordinate Habitat’s efforts to build, rehabilitate and repair homes with those who cannot access conventional home loans. Through our work, Habitat has served more than 800,000 families and served more than 4 million people worldwide.

How Does it Work?

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.

Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor — sweat equity — into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.  The partner homeowners also attend educational classes geared toward first-time homeowners with classes pertaining to home maintenance, personal finance and credit, safety and first aid, etc.
Does Habitat only focus on building new houses?

While new home construction continues to play a vital role, a bigger toolbox that includes repairs and other services allows Habitat to serve more families. Habitat’s repair program makes repairs on houses owned by elder, income-qualified homeowners who struggle with exterior maintenance. These repairs revitalize the appearance of the neighborhood, encourage connections within the community and preserve the existing affordable housing. Just as with a new Habitat house, these homeowners pay for the repairs with affordable, very low monthly payment plans.
How does Habitat work with the Government?

  • We ask legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable homeownership and eliminate poverty housing.
  • We monitor public policies related to housing, community and international development.
  • We advocate policy choices that increase access to decent, affordable housing for people around the world.
  • We accept government funds as long as they have no conditions that would violate our principles or limit our ability to proclaim our Christian identity.
How are donations distributed and used?

We take seriously our responsibility to contributors, to those counting on our help, and to God, to be wise stewards of funds entrusted to us. Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization and your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Your donation will go where it is needed most, unless you specify a particular program for it to be used. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, Habitat retains complete control over the use and distribution of donated funds in furtherance of our mission. A copy of our annual report and financial statement is available upon request.

Thanks to you, Habitat is transforming lives our community. All donations of any amount are deeply appreciated.
How are homeowner families chosen?
Following a nondiscriminatory policy, Habitat’s Homeowner Selection Committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan through an affordable payment plan. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowner families. Visit our page on how to apply for a house to learn more.


 

 

 

 

Habitat News:

WE LOVE THE KEYS
Join us May 19, 2017

Janssen, Siracusa & Keegan PLLC together with Divers Direct proudly bring you WE LOVE THE KEYS!, a charity fundraising festival that will benefit those residing in Key West and the lower Florida Keys who have had their lives devastated by Hurricane IRMA. WE LOVE THE KEYS! is an all day family festival that will include live reggae music, the areas finest food trucks, an amazing "Kids' Zone" and so much more. All proceeds from this event will go to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys, Inc. If you LOVE the Keys, please come out and enjoy this wonderful event on the waterfront with your family in support of a wonderful cause. Tickets $15 at the gate. 100% of the proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Keys.

Thank you for supporting Habitat!

BACK IN TIME:
THE FABULOUS 50s
Join us May 19, 2017

Grease up your hair, grab your leather jackets, poodle skirts and pedal pushers! It’s time to rock around the clock and journey back to the Fabulous 50s for the Society's annual fundraiser benefitting the Custom House.

Party-goers are invited to break out their timely fashions on Wednesday, November 29 for cocktails at the Custom House Museum from 5:00PM-6:30PM featuring special guests the Fabulous Spectrelles. Dinner, music and dancing will follow with a special live performance by Patrick & the Swayzees at the Margaritaville Resort & Marina. Special awards for best dressed so plan accordingly!

The evening will honor the 2017 Scotti Merrill Preservation Award recipient Tom Hambright for his lifetime of service in preserving Florida Keys history.

Silent auction proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity for their Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.

Tables cannot be purchased online. Please contact Kim Livingston, Habitat's Membership Coordinator, at  klivingston@kwahs.org or call 305-295-6616, ext. 106 to purchase tables.

Thank you for supporting Habitat!

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