Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka has hosted its largest dedication to date at the first cluster of six townhomes in the Antigua Bay project in Casselberry. The celebration will took place on February 21, 2015 at 9am at the Antigua Bay community. The first cluster will become home to six single mothers and their children.
The Antigua Bay townhome development ended in 2008 due to a lack of funding with only twenty-four of the planned thirty-six units completed. Habitat for Humanity is completing the project, building two clusters, each with six townhomes. Following the original plans, each unit will include three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a two car garage. The completed townhomes will be identical to those already completed in the community. The second and final cluster is expected to be complete by June of 2015.
“This project is our most ambitious to date and reflects the power of combining both public and private funds. We have government funding with SHOP, a bequest from an estate trust, as well as local companies and faith groups.” said Penny Seater, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka. “The unfinished project has had an effect on property values and current residents have been waiting for over six years for the completion of their neighborhood. This project goes beyond changing the lives of the Habitat families. It will make a significant difference for every family in this community.”
Financial support is coming from SHOP funding distributed through HUD, a bequest from the Barbara Bole Trust and sponsorship from Finfrock, Annunciation Catholic Church, Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ, Golden Corral and Disney. “This project is a great example of Habitat’s ability to not only leverage a variety of funding sources, but to also put it to work and make a difference in our own community,” said Kelly Pisciotta, Development Director of Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka. “These first six homes have an economic impact of $3.2 million. That affects everyone.”
Habitat for Humanity is a global, ecumenical housing ministry that seeks to build and renovate safe, decent and affordable houses in partnership with very low to moderate income residents of communities. The ultimate goal of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness by building adequate and basic housing. Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka has completed more than 136 homes throughout the community.