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Habitat Pinellas to dedicate 250th Pinellas County home
Habitat Pinellas to dedicate 250th Pinellas County home

St. Petersburg, Florida -- With the dedication of the Wright family home in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, Aug. 7, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County will mark a significant milestone that has enabled 250 low-income families throughout the County, including 635 children, to escape the downward spiral of substandard and poverty housing.

The 250 homes that Habitat Pinellas has built since its inception in 1985 are located in nine major municipalities in Pinellas County. For this reason, Habitat Pinellas has invited county representatives and city officials from St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor and Oldsmar to attend the home dedication on Tuesday morning.

“We could not have reached this significant milestone without the support of our Pinellas community,” said Steve Lightburn, Vice President Development for Habitat Pinellas. “It is because of the physical labor of our volunteers, the generosity of our donors, and the support from our local and state government, that Habitat for Humanity continues to succeed in its mission to provide affordable housing for struggling, low-income families.  We are successful because of the camaraderie and relationships that people ‘build’ when coming together to benefit the families in our community.”

During the dedication, homeowner Janet Wright and her two daughters will receive the keys to the new home.  The dedication will take place at 9 a.m. at 1445 26th Street North, in St. Petersburg. 

The home was sponsored by proceeds from Habitat Pinellas’ 2011 gala fundraising event, Hammers & Heartstrings Ball.  The land for the Wright home was provided by SunTrust Bank.

Based on new home construction and rehabilitation work on existing homes, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is among the top five percent of high performing affiliates nationwide, out of more than 1,500 U.S. Habitat affiliates.  The affiliate is ranked seventh out of 60 Habitat affiliates in the state of Florida.  Habitat Pinellas has received Charity Navigator's highest rating, four stars, every year for the past five years. Only four percent of the charities rated nationally have received at least five consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America.  

Release courtesy Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County.

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