BIG COPPITT KEY, FL – Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys dedicated 10 new homes Sunday, Dec. 2 on Big Coppitt Key. The Loewy Landing complex’s new families are from the Lower Keys workforce, including teachers, fishermen, electricians, and County and City of Key West employees.
In 2005, the land for the project was approved for purchase by the Monroe County Land Authority’s Governing Board for $503,500. This land was leased to Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys for a nominal amount for 99 years.
“This is a great partnership with the County and we are very appreciative,” said Gregory Brown, Executive Director of the local Habitat for Humanity.
Also in attendance at the dedication was new District 2 Monroe County Commissioner Michelle Coldiron, former Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent, County Land Authority Executive Director Charles Pattison, Monroe County Housing Administrator Juanita Jones and Monroe County Building Official Rick Griffin.
“Our workforce families are so important to the fabric of our community,” Coldiron said. “We are so happy to be able to partner with Habitat for Humanity to help make possible more affordable housing so these families can remain a vibrant part of our Keys.”
The new homeowners put in “sweat equity” to help construct their homes. They also took classes in estate planning, homeowners associations, budgeting and finances, and basic real estate.
“My family is so very thankful; we never thought we could be homeowners before this program,” said Nicole Rhodes, who works for the Monroe County Clerk of the Court’s Office. She is moving into one of the new homes with her husband and two daughters.
The complex is named after Bill Loewy, who is considered one of the founding fathers of the Habitat for Humanity groups in the Florida Keys.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys, visit habitatlowerkeys.org.
Pictured, Monroe County District 2 Commissioner Michelle Coldiron and retired District 2 Commissioner George Neugent speak at the dedication.