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Habitat Sarasota and Suncoast Technical College Complete Affordable Home Funded with SHIP Dollars

Provided by Habitat for Humanity Sarasota

SARASOTA COUNTY, May 21, 2019 – An innovative partnership between Habitat Sarasota, Suncoast Technical College (STC), and the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) tackles two growing problems: the lack of affordable housing and the growing shortage of skilled workforce in the home construction industry.

In August 2018, Habitat Sarasota formed a partnership with STC to provide their industrial technologies students real-world experience working on an active construction site. Habitat Sarasota formed the partnership last year after receiving funds from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) to fund construction costs for affordable homes in Sarasota.

Habitat Sarasota makes the single-family home exclusively available to students in STC’s plumbing, electrical, HVAC systems and construction technologies programs five days a week. Habitat Sarasota purchases the land, provides the permitted build-able lot, the construction materials, tools and site supervision for the project. STC provides the classroom curriculum, teacher support for each trade, and transportation for the students.

Seventy students from STC worked on the home. All of the work was installed according to code, and passed County inspections, taking classroom learning to a new level.

A Habitat Sarasota homebuyer closed on the home and has an affordable monthly mortgage payment. Being in a permanent, stable home is reducing day-to-day barriers for the homebuyer’s child, who has a degenerative medical condition that could result in vision loss.

“Habitat Sarasota digs deep every day to leverage partnerships that enable us to do more for the community and the families we serve,” says Renee Snyder, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Sarasota. “Our partnership with Suncoast Technical College and the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development brings out the best in all of us!”

“We are thankful for diverse learning opportunities, like constructing a Habitat Sarasota home, that challenge our students,” commented Dr. Ron DiPillo, executive director of Suncoast Technical College. “It’s important for them to have immersive, real-world scenarios that engage their collective abilities. We’re also proud that our students desire not just to further their own development and success, but seek to positively shape the community and pay-it-forward.”


About Habitat for Humanity Sarasota

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota is the leading organization that provides permanent, affordable housing to income-qualified families in Sarasota. By serving qualified homeowners with an affordable mortgage, we help families achieve housing stability and improve their living conditions. Habitat Sarasota’s operating expenses are funded by the ReStore through sales of gently used furniture and home improvement materials, allowing financial contributions to go directly toward serving families. Habitat Sarasota leverages our resources with community partners, collaborations and volunteers to keep our homes affordable. Habitat Sarasota is building Hammock Place, a 40-home neighborhood that is the first of its kind in this area. To support Lives Transformed: The Campaign for Hammock Place, visit Together, we build.


About Suncoast Technical College

Suncoast Technical College is committed to providing high-quality technical education to meet the ever-changing workforce demands of both our community and country. As an affiliate of Sarasota County Schools, we believe each student has diverse abilities and aptitudes, and passionately help our students reach their highest potential, and beyond. We are accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Primarily located off Proctor Road in Sarasota, our programs, for students and adults, can also be accessed on campuses in North Port, Venice and Newtown. Activate your future today! Please visit for more information.