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Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys, Inc. is a nonprofit volunteer organization working in interfaith partnership with Godís people in need to help create decent affordable housing for the betterment of our communities.

Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower FL Keys is a Florida licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all donations are tax deductible. Most of our funding comes from private donations and is augmented by private, state and federal grant programs. Our most recent audited financial statement is available upon request. All private donations are used as designated by the donor. Any undesignated gifts are used where most needed.

Habitat has had a significant impact on families’ lives, even beyond homeownership. Currently more than 50 families are contributing to the fabric of our communities by working as teachers, nurses, administrative assistants, hairdressers . . . over 20 children are being raised by Habitat partner families in safe, decent homes.

About Our

The ReStore is a non-profit retail outlet operated by Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys that offers a unique shopping experience with an ever-changing inventory of new and gently used building materials, appliances and home furnishings sold at discounted rates.

Visit the ReStore website at ReStore.HabitatLowerKeys.org

To schedule a pick up, please call

(305) 872-2883

CoConut Closet, upstairs above the ReStore, sells gently used high-end quality clothing for ladies and gentlemen. Run entirely by volunteers, the Closet also supports Habitat's mission.

Visit the Coconut Closet website at CoconutCloset.HabitatLowerKeys.org

To contact us, please call Jerry Kimmel

(305) 395-1974

Mission vision
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Mission statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

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Habitat receives $5,000 grant from Old Island ReStoration Foundation

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Habitat receives $5,000 grant from Old Island ReStoration Foundation

Habitat for Humanity received a $5,000 grant from Old Island Restoration Foundation for the repairs on the old town home of Lenora Tyler.  “Old Island is dedicated to preserving the architectural and cultural heritage of Key West.  OIRF’s grant program, funded in part by our House Tours, is designed to help residents like Mrs. Tyler.  Her house is a typical conch cottage built in the early 1920’s and we are very pleased to help repair and preserve Mrs. Tyler’s home,” explained Kelly Friend, OIRF’s Board President.

“Our missions are symbiotic and it’s great when local nonprofits are able to leverage their resources for the benefit of our community.  This is actually the fourth grant Habitat has received from OIRF on behalf of elderly homeowners,” said Mark Moss, Habitat’s Executive Director.  “We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.”

Habitat’s repair program makes repairs on houses owned by elder, income-qualified homeowners who struggle with exterior maintenance.  These repairs revitalize the appearance of the neighborhood, encourage connections within the community and preserve the existing affordable housing.  Lenora Tyler’s house received a new roof, repairs to the siding and trim and a complete exterior paint job. 

Leonora Tyler and Kelly Friend, both Conchs, agreed that Key West can be a very loving community.  “I am so grateful to Habitat and all these local people and organizations that are helping to fix my house. My son Shoulton and our neighbor Daniel Brown made wonderful lunches for all the young volunteers that worked so hard this past month.  Now, look at my house; isn’t it beautiful?”

Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people around the world construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. There are 35 Habitat homeowners in the Lower Keys alone.  Habitat has renovated and currently manages 24 affordable rental units in Key West and Stock Island.  As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. 

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A Brush With Kindness is gaining momentum in Key West with several different projects. This Habitat International program promotes minor repair and painting of homes, allowing income-qualified, elderly homeowners to continue living independently and securely in their homes.

A Brush with Kindness uses a holistic approach, assisting communities by revitalizing neighborhoods, one home at a time. A Brush with Kindness encourages connections within the community, and most importantly, helps preserve affordable housing for those who need it most. A Brush with Kindness depends on corporate and individual donors and the many volunteers who come out every Saturday to join this exciting community effort.

An elderly low income homeowner will be required to meet specific criteria in order to qualify for assistance through ďA Brush with Kindness.Ē The model uses donated materials as much as possible and volunteer labor.

For information on partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower FL Keys, either as a contributor or as a volunteer, please call 305-294-9006 or email: info@habitatlowerkeys.org.


Sadowski Funds Affordable Housing

Your help is needed to ensure that Sadowski funds are used solely for affordable housing to support citizens in need in the State of Florida. The Sadowski fund is a dedicated trust fund for Affordable Housing in the State of Florida. Twenty years ago, Florida voters chose to substantially raise the rate for documentary stamps in order to support and assist lower income families in Florida with housing. Suitable and affordable housing for Florida's very low and low income population is a systematic need regardless of available housing stock or the State of Florida's economy. Tens of thousands of affordable housing units and jobs have been lost through the underfunding or re-designation of this revenue source. Last year alone, the entire $116 million that should have been used for housing were taken and re-appropriated as general revenue, leaving many Florida families in substandard or inadequate housing. We encourage you to contact your political leaders to voice your support of using the Sadowski funds for the purpose they were intended. You can help build it!


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