PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Habitat For Humanity's Pinellas County chapter is stepping up in a big way to fix homes in disrepair.
The non-profit is known for their home building, but now, they're launching a new neighborhood stabilization program throughout Pinellas County to help with home repairs. Habitat for Humanity wants your help finding families that may qualify.
The home repairs include: Adding handicapped ramps, roof replacements, AC installations, plumbing, electrical and painting. Habitat for Humanity covers most of the materials and some of the labor, then they get families set up with a zero-interest loan to cover the rest.
Homeowners must meet certain income requirements.
The program made a big difference for South St. Pete resident Morris Mizell, who used to cringe walking into his home. Rain used to gush right through his roof and into his home, but Mizell didn't have the money to get it fixed.
“I really didn’t know what I was going to do. I knew I was in trouble," he explained with a sigh.
Habitat's new program helped him get a new roof, AC unit, and paint the outside of his home.
“It's like when you’re in big trouble and an angel comes along. I'm so grateful,” Mizell said with a chuckle.
Habitat for Humanity is among the first chapter in Tampa Bay to add this repair program, other bay area chapters plan to incorporate it soon, too.
To learn more about the program, click here.