Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville (HabiJax) announces its 2017 Women’s Build – build[her] campaign that will provide struggling female head-of-households in Jacksonville with the strong foundation of homeownership. Upon this foundation, these women can build a stable and self-reliant future for their families.
The 2017 Women’s Build Honorary Chairs State Attorney Melissa Nelson and JSO Assistant Chief of Zone 5, Deloris Patterson, Build Chair Karen Burdette, HabiJax President & CEO Mary Kay O’Rourke and other dignitaries made the announcement onsite in the New Town neighborhood where the Women’s Build will see the first two houses built this October at 1883 Hardee Street and 1887 Hardee Street.
“I applaud the efforts of this Women’s Build to help our female head-of-households obtain homeownership and establish a safe and secure home for their family,” said Melissa Nelson, Office of the State Attorney. “Homeownership helps break the cycle of poverty and creates a future of possibilities where families can have more financial stability. It is inspiring to see our community come together in support of this effort.”
The Women’s Build is about Jacksonville women helping Jacksonville women address ongoing needs in Duval County that include:
- A single mother heads 25% of households.
- 21% of women are living at the federal poverty level ($23,050 income for a family of four).
- The Florida Household Survival Budget of $47,484 is an estimate of the income needed for financial stability for a family of four.
- When households cannot make their budgets work, they cut expenses in risky ways.
“Over the next two months, we will be calling on companies, organizations and the women of Jacksonville to support the 2017 Women’s Build,” said Karen Burdette, 2017 Women’s Build Chair. “We need the collective help and assistance from our community to help build homes for those female head-of-households in need.”
Corporate donations are vital so homeownership can become a reality for struggling households in Jacksonville. Daily’s Convenience Stores and Baptist Health System have committed to being presenting sponsors of the Women’s Build by each donating $50,000 toward the building of the homes.
Many women’s organizations including the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, Jacksonville Women’s Network, National Council of Negro Women, Women’s Giving Alliance, Junior League of Jacksonville, Generation W and the UNF Women’s Center have come out in support of this initiative.
“The build[her] campaign is about helping Jacksonville female head-of-household build a home and obtain empowerment and respect. With homeownership and financial stability, women gain the self-respect and confidence to succeed in life and the commitment to serve as positive role models for their children and their neighborhoods,” said Mary Kay O’Rourke, HabiJax President & CEO. “HabiJax is committed to the enhancement of the New Town neighborhood and we appreciate all of the corporate donors and women organizations that are in support of our Women’s Build.”
HabiJax has been building homes in the urban core for more than 25 years. In 2011, HabiJax committed to the enhancement of the New Town neighborhood, partnering with the residents and the New Town Success Zone. Through a $16 million capital campaign, HabiJax has provided resources for the revitalization of New Town, including affordable homeownership opportunities and housing repair projects for non-HabiJax owners in the neighborhood.
With more than 300 families purchasing HabiJax homes and 190 repair projects completed for New Town families, the neighborhood is being transformed. The 2017 build[her] homes are another step toward the revitalization of New Town and creating a more secure future for the families within the community.
For more information on donation opportunities, visit www.buildherjax.com.