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Largo, Habitat for Humanity build relationship

A dozen city workers and officials chipped in last week to build a home at 705 Second Ave. NE for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County.

Largo's partnership with Habitat, which has been building homes in the county since 1985, is relatively new, said Jamie Cataldo, communications director for Pinellas Habitat. But the relationship has blossomed over the past couple of years.

Since 2007, four Pinellas Habitat homes have been built in Largo. And three more are on the way.

The city donated land and allocated grant funds from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership for city Habitat projects.

On Feb. 7, Habitat handed the McMillan family the keys to a Largo home on 16th Avenue NW. Eleanor McMillan, a single mother with three teenagers, came to the program from Pinellas Village, a nonprofit that supports single parents.

"The emotion of the family moving into the house was awesome," said city Commissioner Rodney Woods, who attended the donation ceremony.

Lori Helfand, Times Staff Writer

163

Number of Habitat for Humanity homes built in Pinellas County since 1985

7

Number of Habitat homes completed or on the way in Largo

$200,000

Total grant funds for Largo Habitat projects

Largo, Habitat for Humanity build relationship 02/14/09 [Last modified: Saturday, February 14, 2009 2:59pm]
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