Our History

Habitat’s unique and sensible formula makes it possible for limited-income individuals and families to own a home they can afford. With volunteer labor and local donations of money and some in-kind materials, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties builds and rehabilitates houses with the help of the homeowner families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families or individuals at no profit and financed with zero-interest loans.

Milestones

2020

Habitat Pinellas and West Pasco dedicates its 600th home to the Gordon family in Ridgecrest. The affiliate’s work in the Ridgecrest and Dansville area of Largo resulted in over 44 new homes and counting.

2019

Habitat Pinellas and the West Pasco affiliate merge to become Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties. The merger allows the affiliate to expand its service area and serve families and individuals in need. The affiliate broke ground on Tellor Estates, a 75-home development in Pinellas Park. Habitat received the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce CYP Award of Excellence and was recognized as the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Nonprofit of the Year.

2018

Habitat Pinellas dedicates its 500th home to the Currie family in St. Petersburg. The affiliate was recognized as Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year and a Tampa Bay Business Journal One Tampa Bay Honoree.

2017

Habitat Pinellas dedicates the 400th home in Pinellas County and wins Tampa Bay Business Journals Nonprofit of the Year in “Public and Societal Benefit” category. Awarded Charity Navigator 4 star rating for the 11th consecutive year.

2016

Habitat Pinellas is a finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work Awards” and receives the “Nonprofit of the Year” award at the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber Awards and Installation banquet.

2015

Habitat Pinellas turns 30. Also, Charity Navigator awards Habitat Pinellas its ninth consecutive four-star rating and is named HSN’s “Partner of the Year.”

2014

Habitat Pinellas dedicates its 300th home in St. Petersburg. The Environmental Protection Agency awards Habitat Pinellas a national Energy Star Award and Raymond James Financial names Habitat Pinellas as “Partner of the Year.”

2013

The first Habitat Pinellas Global Village trip sent 10 volunteers to Guatemala for a weeklong build. Also, Habitat Pinellas’ annual Blitz Build completes two homes in seven days using 500 community volunteers.

2012

Habitat Pinellas dedicates its 250th home and Habitat President/CEO, Barbara Inman, is named “Nonprofit Woman of the Year” by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

2011

Habitat Pinellas relocates its administrative offices and ReStore to a larger facility in Clearwater. Also, over 600 volunteers participate in the Habitat Pinellas’s “Blitz Build” and builds two homes in one week.

2010

Habitat Pinellas celebrates its 25th anniversary and its fourth consecutive four-star rating. Also, the first multi-family development is built and the Showcase Home is opened for visitors.

2009

Operation REhabitat launches. Habitat Pinellas focuses efforts on renovating distressed mortgage properties due to the housing market collapse. Also, a weeklong, two-home Blitz Build takes place during Super Bowl XLIII. The home is built in a box and donated to the Pittsburg Habitat affiliate.

2008

The first Energy Star Certified home is built, which becomes the 200th house built for Habitat Pinellas. Also, Homer Villas is purchased in Clearwater and rebuilt as Stevens Creek. Over 50 homes are built.

2007

More than 400 women volunteer to build a house for the Habitat Pinellas. Also, Habitat Pinellas receives Charity Navigator four-star rating.

2006

Habitat Pinellas receives a Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award. Also, professional building teams complete a Habitat Pinellas home in just five days — the fastest home build ever completed at this time.

2004

The ReStore, Habitat Pinellas’s home improvement outlet, opens its doors. Also, the first homeowner, Jane Dunaway, pays off and burns her mortgage, vowing to continue volunteering and helping others.

2003

In February, Habitat Pinellas completes its 100th house for a family located in St. Petersburg.

1990

The very first home outside of St. Petersburg is built in Clearwater. It is the 15th home ever for Habitat Pinellas. More homes in Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and Pinellas Park soon follow.

1985

Habitat Pinellas breaks ground on their very first home. The homeowner was required to put in 1,000 hours of sweat equity. Also, Habitat Pinellas is recognized as an HfHI affiliate.

1984

Habitat Pinellas is conceptualized at a meeting of the St. Petersburg Ministerial Association by Reverend Bob Gemmer. Reverend James Schwarzlose of the First Congregational Church of St. Petersburg is named Executive Director.

1976

Millard and Linda Fuller start Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI) in Americus, Georgia.

Accolades

2020

The Suncoast Chapter Building Officials Association of Florida awards Habitat with the Community Service Award and a $2,500 donation.

2019

Habitat received the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce CYP Award of Excellence and was recognized as the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Nonprofit of the Year. The affiliate is the 3rd largest homebuilder among 1,200 Habitat affiliates across the country.

2018

The affiliate was recognized as Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year and a Tampa Bay Business Journal One Tampa Bay Honoree. Habitat receives the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of level achievable. Habitat President & CEO, Mike Sutton, received the 2018 Roy Deeb Service Award at the Annual ALPHA House of Pinellas County Luncheon.

2017

Habitat Pinellas wins Tampa Bay Business Journals Nonprofit of the Year in “Public and Societal Benefit” category. Awarded Charity Navigator 4 star rating for the 11th consecutive year.

2016

Habitat Pinellas is a finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work Awards” and receives the “Nonprofit of the Year” award at the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber Awards and Installation banquet. The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce names Habitat as the Nonprofit of the Year.

2015

Habitat Pinellas turns 30. Also, Charity Navigator awards Habitat Pinellas its ninth consecutive four-star rating and is named HSN’s “Partner of the Year.”

2014

The Environmental Protection Agency awards Habitat Pinellas a national Energy Star Award and Raymond James Financial names Habitat Pinellas as “Partner of the Year.”

2012

Habitat President & CEO, Barbara Inman, is named “Nonprofit Woman of the Year” by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

2010

Habitat Pinellas celebrates its 25th anniversary and its fourth consecutive four-star rating.

2007

Habitat Pinellas receives a Charity Navigator four-star rating.

2006

Habitat Pinellas receives a Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award.