Tuesday, September 18, 2018
News Roundup

Habitat for Humanity celebrates Clearwater milestone

CLEARWATER — Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County completed the Stevens Creek neighborhood on Saturday by dedicating the 51st and final home.

The site was formerly an apartment housing project and was transformed into a neighborhood with single family homes through Habitat's $8 million investment and support from the city, according to a news release.

The last home was dedicated to single mother Andrea Hawi and her son, Jeremiah, in a ceremony Saturday that also honored Mayor George Cretekos. Hawi qualified for the Habitat program by completing 350 sweat equity hours and 16 classes and will now pay a zero-interest mortgage on the house.

"You always hear people say 'there's no place like home,' but I've never felt that way," Hawi said. "That feeling is something I'm so looking forward to."

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has built 433 homes since 1985 with the help of volunteers and the future home-owners and are sold at no profit and financed with zero-interest loans.

"The completion of the Stevens Creek neighborhood is a milestone for the city of Clearwater and Habitat for Humanity," Cretekos said. "It is especially noteworthy that 51 families now have, in Clearwater, a home made possible by the many donors and volunteers to Pinellas Habitat for Humanity."

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