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Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity

Everyone Deserves a Decent Place to Live

aka Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity   |   Arcadia, FL   |  www.habitatdesoto.org

Mission

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Mrs. Jennifer Bowser

Main address

1101 W. Oak Street

Arcadia, FL 34266 USA

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EIN

59-3656661

NTEE code info

Home Improvement/Repairs (L81)

Rural (S32)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Home Building

Constructing and building simple, decent, affordable houses
Zero interest mortgage
Provides a safe, healthy,home for children
Low-Income home-buyer FL Green Build Certified Homes

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people

A home preservation program that provides needed interior /exterior home repairs for low income seniors,veterans and physically disabled individuals; allowing them to remain in their homes. The program focuses on safety, security, accessibility, weatherization and keeping houses up to code.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with physical disabilities

HomeReady is a HUD approved Pre-Purchase Homebuyer Education & Counseling Program. This is not a Habitat only program; all residents of DeSoto County are invited to participate. One-on-One Counseling is available related to all Workshop topics.Workshop topics include:Are You Ready to Purchase a HomeManaging Your MoneyUnderstanding CreditGetting a Mortgage LoanShopping for a HomeKeeping your Home

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Helping repair homes of many families in DeSoto County that were damaged by Hurricane Ian.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

"Number of applicants for the Habitat Homebuyer Program annually"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Home Building

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

DeSoto County residents interested in the Habitat Homebuyer Program attend an Orientation Presentation to fully understand the program before applying, Out of 59 we had 12 applications in 2016.

"Number of corporate sponsors / donors who view nonprofit favorably"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Home Building

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Corporate sponsors volunteer hours, funds and gift in kind toward the work at Habitat

" Number of community volunteers supporting the work of Habitat locally"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Home Building

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers serve at the ReStore, on Construction Sites, and at Habitat events working side by side with prospective homebuyers and staff.

"Number of families in affordable homeownership due to the nonprofit's activity"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Home Building

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of 2016 DeSoto Habitat has built or renovated 28 homes, providing an affordable mortgage.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.


• Arcadia DeSoto CO Habitat is planning to build 3 new homes for working families. To date we have completed 31 homes for low income families that would otherwise not have the ability to realize their dream of homeownership in DeSoto County.


•Arcadia DeSoto CO Habitat plans to develop and manage a community garden in proximity to five of these homes. Healthy lifestyles are an initiative of the DeSoto County Health Department and this will be a resource to educate residents toward the goal of making healthy food choices.


•We are developing “HomeReady" a Pre-Purchase Homebuyer Education and Credit Counseling program that meets HUD standards. This program will be available to serve all DeSoto County households as well as our Habitat partner families.

Affordable Housing Development:
•Constructing and building simple, decent, affordable houses
•Zero interest mortgages
•Provides a safe, healthy, home for families

Critical Home Repairs:
A home preservation program that provides needed interior /exterior home repairs for low income seniors, veterans, and physically disabled . The program focuses on safety, security, accessibility, weatherization and keeping houses up to code.

Robust Volunteer Program:
* Women Build is Habitat for Humanity's program for women who want to learn construction skills and build homes and communities. This program brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. No experience is necessary!
* Onsite Construction skill training for all volunteers by highly qualified staff.

Pre-Purchase Homebuyer Education Workshops and Counseling:
All Services Open to the residents of DeSoto County and designed to prepare the potential homebuyer to be successful homeowners. topics are based on HUD guidelines and include budgeting, credit repair, housing rights, and sound financial planning.

Arcadia DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. The agency's mission is to partner with God and community to provide decent, affordable housing for people in need so they may build better lives for their families. Staff includes our Executive Director with over 20 years experience in Habitat, a Community Outreach Director, and a highly qualified Construction Manager. To date, 31 homes have been completed.
DeSoto Habitat provides safe, affordable homes to low-income working families. A volunteer workforce provides on average 500 labor-hours per home, resulting in a reduction in construction cost. The organization builds new homes (and renovates purchased properties) with an emphasis on energy efficient features using Green Building recommended building materials and techniques for sustainability, culminating in lower monthly expenses for homeowners. Our most recent home achieved the Gold Level Green Building Coalition Certification.
The agency serves low income families, as defined by HUD income guidelines who a) demonstrate the need for improved and affordable housing; b) are willing to partner with Habitat for a minimum of 300 sweat equity hours; and c) are able to pay the affordable mortgage and still be able to manage their household finances. Qualified applicants are required to participate in a series of homebuyer classes and provide a down payment of $1,000 prior to closing on their home. A typical Habitat partner family completes this process within one to two years. We currently have 2 potential homebuyers working toward this goal.

Financially we have not achieved the balance in funding sources we seek. Our goal would be to leverage the ReStore revenue to cover operating expenses, allowing all donations and grant awards to fund program expenses. Currently our ReStore revenue covers 83%.

Over the last few years corporate and grant giving has improved. Individual giving; however, is low (out of balance) compared to national data showing this source as the top funder for non profits. Our fundraising strategy for is focused on developing local individuals as partners in our work, both through volunteerism and giving.

Homebuyer Education is a priority activity for all of our homeowners. Over the past year a robust program has been developed based on HUD guidelines. this program is open to all DeSoto County residents, not just Habitat participants. Currently we have submitted our program for HUD review and approval to become a HUD Homebuyer Education Agency is pending.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bonnie Molloy

Western Auto

Term: 2022 - 2024


Board co-chair

Diana Rhoneelli

Senior Frienship Center

Term: 2022 - 2024

Mitzie McGavic

Retired County Clerk

Bonnie Molloy

Radio Shack

Jaccarie Simons

Crews Bank & Trust

Kelly Anderson

Boys & Girls Club

JC Deriso

County Commissioner

Andrew Martin

Consult Engineering

Lou Towne

Retired Veteran

Diana Rhoneeli

Sr Friendship Center

Roberto San Luis

Retired

Linda Skaggs

Retired Nurse

Eugene Heitman

Appraiser/Title Agent

Terry Stewart

City Administrator

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/6/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/05/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.