Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties launches Cost of Home affordable housing advocacy campaign, dedicates six new Habitat homes

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 2, 2019) – One in six households in the U.S. spend more than half their income on housing. That equates to 19 million households nationally and 52,000 households in Lee County.

Committed to finding solutions and creating policies that increase home affordability, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties launched the “Cost of Home” advocacy campaign on Thursday, June 13.  

“Rent and homeownership costs are skyrocketing, while wages are not keeping pace, and the reality is that far too many families are barely surviving financially and the stability that a home should bring remains out of reach,” said Becky Lucas, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. “These families are one missed paycheck or medical emergency away from homelessness. Over the next five years, we commit to working with fellow Habitat organizations, mobilizing our partners, our volunteers, and community members to find solutions and create policies that will increase home affordability for low-income, working families.”

Following the announcement, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties dedicated six new Habitat homes in the Majorca Palms community. During the ceremony, the house keys were handed over to the new homeowners who each completed more than 300 hours of sweat equity, attended financial literacy and home maintenance classes, paid closing costs, and committed to paying an affordable, monthly mortgage payment. The homes were sponsored by local businesses including B&I Contractors, Scanlon Auto Group and Wayne Wiles Flooring.

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Since 1982, 1,550 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat Lee and Hendry to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. For more information, visit www.habitat4humanity.org.

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Koreshan State Park Newsletter July 2019

2019-2020 Nature Programs

Click on any link below to register online.

Naturalist Grub Club
Bring your lunch and join the Grub Club to learn and experience the naturalist topic of the day. Naturalist Grub Club sessions are held in the picnic pavilion down by the Estero River.

Nature Talk – Why Native Plants? 
July 23, 2019, 10AM – 11AM 
Learn the importance of native plants in the local ecosystem, and resources for native plants.

Tuesday Nature Trail Hikes
Learn some park history, history of the Estero River and find out about plants and critters that we meet along the way with a park naturalist!

Saturday Nature Trail Hikes
Learn some park history, history of the Estero River and find out about plants and critters that we meet along the way with a park volunteer!

Beginning Cell Phone Photography
Bring your cell phone, learn the basics of photography and the best places to snap that perfect photo in the park!

Beginning Butterflies
A presentation and talk on the butterflies of Koreshan State Park and Southwest Florida.

Beginning Photography
A beginning photography tour of the different habitats and architecture within the park.

Photographer’s Nature Hike
A photographers walk on the nature trails of Koreshan State Park.

Gopher Tortoises
Discover just how fascinating this ancient species is!

Shells – Mysterious Beauties of SWFL
A talk on shells and the mysterious creatures that reside inside.

Manatee and Dolphins
Creatures that are fun to watch and extremely interesting!

Celebrate Florida Gopher Tortoise Day, April 10, 2020
Learn gopher tortoise behaviors, anatomy and fun facts–and hold and see the shells of specimens that lived in Koreshan State Park!

*Programs are free with park entry fee ($5 per vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4 per single-occupant vehicle, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists) but reservations are either required or requested.

Other Events

Guided Historic Settlement Tours
Jan-Mar, Wed – Sun, 10am & 2pm;
Apr–Dec, Sat & Sun, 10am

Farmers Market & Native Plant Sale
Sundays, Year-round, 8am-1pm 

Forging demonstrations by Stephen Kalb of Kalb Ironworks in the Cast Iron Cafe Sundays, 9am-12pm 

6th Annual Family Halloween Festival
Saturday, Oct 12, 4-7pm

3rd Annual Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar
December 7 & December 8, 8am to 1pm

28th Annual Antique Engine, Quilt & Craft Show
March 14 & March 15, 8am to 1pm

Businesses and organizations that would like to sponsor, sell products, or provide activities at our events can click here for application forms.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH ALL PARK EVENTS! If interested, please email us @ friendsofkoreshan@gmail.com

*Events are free and subject to change; state park entrance fee required per vehicle for all events. To keep up-to-date with all events, visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/events-things-to-do-estero-fl/ and follow us on Facebook.