Clay County Habitat for Humanity has joined forces with State Farm to construct a single-family home on Hibiscus Avenue.
Samantha and her two children will now call the beautiful residence, which is one story tall and includes four bedrooms and two bathrooms, their new home. Surrounded by pine trees and positioned on a one-acre plot, it should provide the perfect setting as she relocates to the area.
“She’s been away from Florida for several years and has moved back now. She has to live with her parents for one year as she went through completing the process with Habitat,” said Habitat Executive Director Carolyn Edwards.
State Farm will cover the cost of the air conditioning.
“State Farm has been a great supporter of the (Clay County Habitat for Humanity) for more than 10 years (annually) to go towards the rehab and construction of housing for the low-income population that we serve,” Edwards said.
One challenge of creating affordable housing in today’s climate is the skyrocketing cost of materials. Edwards also offered an insightful perspective into the rising cost of rent.
“I tell you this, right now, anyone making minimum wage has to work at least 91 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom house or apartment to pay rent,” she said.
The house that Samatha is moving into will be much less expensive. According to Edwards, she will not pay more than 30% of her income.
“She will have money to pay her bills, take care of her family, and even have a little bit of money left over for savings. That’s money that goes back into the community,” Edwards said.
State Farm, the longtime partner, expressed pride in their relationship with Clay County Habitat for Humanity, forming a meaningful collaboration.
“State Farm is proud of our relationship with Clay County Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is helping families build homes to call their own,” said Jose Soto, State Farm Corporate Responsibility Analyst.
Clay County Habitat for Humanity, established in 1977 with a mission to build and renovate safe, decent, and affordable housing in partnership with the community for low to moderate-income families, has constructed 179 homes during its time in the county, providing a “roof over the head” and stability to over 700 adults and children in Clay since their inception.