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Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County Dedicates Home in Honor of Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos

Post Date:09/20/2017 11:29 AM

On Saturday, Sept. 16, partners of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, sponsors and elected officials, came together to celebrate the last home in the Stevens Creek neighborhood of Clearwater. This final house completes the neighborhood of 51 Habitat Pinellas homes, and highlights Habitat’s partnership with the city of Clearwater in a special ceremony honoring Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos.

“The completion of the Stevens Creek neighborhood is a milestone for the city of Clearwater and Habitat for Humanity,” said Mayor George Cretekos. “It is especially noteworthy that 51 families now have, in Clearwater, a home made possible by the many donors and volunteers to Pinellas Habitat for Humanity.”

Stevens Creek was formerly an apartment housing project, and has been transformed into a well-designed neighborhood for homeowners to raise their children. With Habitat’s nearly $8 million investment, and partners like the city of Clearwater, the Stevens Creek community is thriving with invested, dedicated, sustainable homeowners like Andrea Hawi.

Andrea is a hardworking single mother to her son, Jeremiah. Unable to qualify for a conventional loan, Andrea was introduced to the Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County homeowner program. After completing 350 sweat equity hours and 16 classes, as well as receiving additional support from the home sponsors, Andrea will pay a zero-interest mortgage on her dream home.

"My house will be home!" said Andrea. "You always hear people say 'there's no place like home,' but I've never felt that way. That feeling is something I'm so looking forward to."

“Habitat Pinellas has enjoyed a long relationship with the city of Clearwater, so it only seemed fitting to build our last home in Stevens Creek in honor of Mayor Cretekos,” said Mike Sutton, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County chief executive officer. “This partnership has allowed our organization to collaborate with sponsors and the community to build over 100 homes for families like the Hawi’s.”

Notable Attendees:

  • Clearwater Mayor, George Cretekos
  • City of Clearwater Councilmember Bob Cundiff
  • City of Clearwater Councilmember Doreen Caudell
  • Pinellas County Commissioner Pat Gerard
  • Clearwater Chief of Police Daniel Slaughter
  • Chuck Warrington, Clearwater Gas Managing Director & Executive Officer
  • Clearwater Solid Waste Director Earl Gloster

Sponsors:

  • City of Clearwater
  • Clearwater Police
  • Clearwater Gas
  • Clearwater Solid Waste
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