Community Residents and Volunteers Build Playground for 2012 Home Ownership Month Event

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Florida Home Partnership Seeks to Recruit 100 Homeowners and Community Volunteers

Child's illustration of Bayou Pass III Playground

Playground concept of 10 year old Bayou Pass III resident, Janis Smith.

We look forward to having a fun and productive day of helping our residents help themselves. We also seek to educate the community about the incredible value the USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing Program brings to all.

The month of June is recognized as Home Ownership Month across the nation. Owning a home gives vitality to America's cities and towns and creates that sense of community that so many Americans dream of and work to achieve. As builders, realtors, bankers and others in the housing industry prepare to educate and celebrate home ownership month, Florida Home Partnership(FHP) plans to bring the residents of Bayou Pass Village (phase III) and community volunteers together to build a playground as well as showcase its energy-efficient, self-help model home. FHP’s Home Ownership Month Event (HOME) is scheduled for Saturday, June 23; registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Neighborhood children provided illustrations of their ideal playground which not only included the traditional swings and slides, but a merry-go-round and a rock climbing surface were also featured in their designs. FHP will incorporate elements of the budding artists’ ideas into the $58,000 playground installation, which is being underwritten primarily by FHP and Home Depot.

Inflatable bounce houses, face painters, caricature artists and games will be available for children under 14 during the event. In addition, the Sun City Home Depot Team will provide a kids’ work station to help youth build cars, bird houses and other wooden creations. Music, food and drinks will help keep volunteers energized throughout the work day.

FHP staff will also provide guided tours of a furnished model home and explain the quality and energy efficiency built into each new home. Immediate appointments may be scheduled that day to meet with loan counselors. During appointments, visitors will learn more about the Self-help / Sweat Equity program, get a copy of credit reports, and gain insight on eligibility requirements.

According to Earl Pfeiffer, the Executive Director of FHP, “We look forward to having a fun and productive day of helping our residents help themselves. We also seek to educate the community about the incredible value the USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing Program brings to all.”

To volunteer for HOME – Playground Build Up or for more information about the events call Eileen Burke at (813) 672.7860 or send an email at eileen(at)flhome(dot)org.

About the Florida Home Partnership
Florida Home Partnership (FHP) is a non-profit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) and has made home ownership a reality for over 500 low and moderate-income first-time home buyers. Utilizing the USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing Program (SHOP), the government program began over 40 years ago, and mirrors the "barn raisings" of the Quakers with neighbors helping neighbors to build their homes together. No construction experience is necessary. FHP provides participants with guidance and tools. Determination and hard work build equity in the new homes. This program is ideal for those desiring home ownership in rural communities but having limited resources. For more information about the program, call 813-672-7860 or visit http://www.flhome.org, friend us at - http://www.facebook.com/Floridahome, follow us on Twitter - @flhome1.

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