St. Augustine, FL – January 25, 2016: Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County received a generous donation of $10,000 on Saturday from local supporter Inez McDonald upon completing the Matching Gift Challenge. Inez, a long-time resident of St. Augustine and donor to Habitat for Humanity, challenged the nonprofit organization to raise ten donations of $1,000 or more to receive her matching funds of $10,000. This is the second year in a row Mrs. McDonald has spearheaded a matching gift challenge specific to Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County and this year the organization is again happy to say they have reached their fundraising goals. In addition to her annual donations to Habitat, Inez is happy to “spread the love” by raising money and awareness for affordable housing in the community.
“We are so fortunate to have community partners who are dedicated to supporting our cause here at Habitat to build homes, community, and hope,” states Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Alia Reimer. “What we do on a daily basis to build safe, decent, affordable homes for low-income families in need would not be possible without the generosity of patrons like Inez.” The staff at Habitat for Humanity is hopeful that Inez’ gift will spark others in the community to give back to the nonprofit. Whether it is a one time donation, an annual gift, or a home sponsorship; there are many ways to give.
One path to contributing to Habitat, who recently closed on their 129th home in St. Johns County, is called the Community Contributions Tax Credit Program (CCTCP) for local businesses.With building material costs budgeted at approximately $50,000 per house, companies contributing anywhere up to that amount will see either a state issued tax credit or a refund of sales taxes paid equivalent to fifty percent of the final appraised home value, less the property cost. A home costing Habitat $50,000 to build with a final appraised value of $100,000 will see that $50,000 returned to the corporate donors in the form of a tax credit or a refund of sales taxes already paid to the state. “CCTCP is a great program that we have done for years with local businesses and restaurants in St. Augustine and St. Johns County -- it gives back to Habitat but also comes with the financial reward of a tax credit for the business,” says Reimer.
Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County offers safe and affordable home ownership opportunities to low income individuals living and/or working in St. Johns County whose earnings fall below 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Financing the homes through a low interest mortgage, those selected to be Habitat homeowners put 250 hours into building their own and other Habitat homes, working alongside community volunteers, corporate and faith-based groups. Once in the homes, their mortgage payments help to finance new Habitat home construction.
Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County builds homes, communities, and hope. What will you build? To make a donation online or volunteer, visit our website at www.habitatstjohns.org.