Hometown Habitat News

Veterans Village: A Project Update


What’s Next?

  • In June we will be dedicating the homes for our first set of homeowners and celebrating them!  We hope you can join us.
  • In late June we will be laying the foundation for the next four homes.
  • We will be finalizing the Master Plan and all the floors plans by our last round of building in December.

Interested in coming out for a tour?

Give Danielle a call 352-630-3318

Want to come out and volunteer?

Give Carlos a call 352-483-0434 Ext 118

Matching Gifts through March

Matching Gift

It is always a good time to get on board and donate to the Veterans Village… but if you’ve been on the fence or dragging your feet – the time is NOW!  RoMac Lumber and Supply will be matching dollar for dollar gifts to the Veterans Village throughout the month of March (up to $10,000).  Join us in saluting our Veterans and providing them a safe place to call home.  Your gift will provide much needed support for neighbors in need.  To learn more about the Veterans Village or ways to give, contact Danielle – 352-630-3318.


Sponsor of the Month:  RoMac Lumber & Supply

In addition to the Matching Gift through the Month of March RoMac Lumber is a proud sponsor of two homes in the Veterans Village.  The organization is deeply rooted in the community and is a wonderful partner.  Here is a bit of their history:

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Local Bank Builds Veteran Home


On Saturday, February 4th board members, executives, and staff of United Southern Bank were onsite at the Veterans Village to volunteer. United Southern Bank has been a longstanding partner of Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter and their vision of providing affordable housing to local Veterans.

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Habitat of Lake-Sumter in Search of Veteran Home Owners


Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida is in search of qualified Veteran home owners interested in living in the Veterans Village community in Umatilla, FL.

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Charity begins at home


Habitat for Humanity of Lake Sumter has helped families in need of safe and decent housing achieve the American dream since 1989, and now the organization is in the early stages of building Veterans Village and is looking into the future. Constructing a community of micro homes—affordable housing for seniors and millennials—just may be on the horizon.

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Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter wins $25,000 grant for Veterans Village


Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter has been chosen as a recipient of a $25,000 Open Doors Homeownership Grant from CAHEC to assist in the costs of development of the Veterans Village in Umatilla. 

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Groundbreaking held for Veterans Village complex


UMATILLA — More than a dozen veterans groups marched out to help their own celebrate during a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for an affordable housing complex in Umatilla.

Veterans Village, a Habitat for Humanity project, will consist of 14 houses on more than 3 acres off of U.S. Highway 19 that will be home to veterans, spouses of deceased veterans and active military.

Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter officials said that two homes were already on the property when it was purchased. Concrete slabs have been planted for two more and those two houses are expected to be ready by June 2017.

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Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Veterans Village Breaks Ground


Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida is hosting A Patriot’s Lunch and Ground Breaking on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 11am-2pm to celebrate their up and coming Veterans Village. We welcome the public to join us at this free, family friendly event:  112 Turtle Run Umatilla, FL 32784 (previously The Cottages at Waters Edge).

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A Place To Call Home


The familiar adage “birds of a feather flock together” works well when referring to how people with similar experiences find a true bond when they’re together.

For many veterans, including those recently returned stateside, that proverb often helps facilitate a successful re-integration into civilian life and may be a key part of the soldier’s survival. Veterans will tell you there’s something validating and comforting about talking to other men and women who have been there and done that. These peers understand what it was like to face daily threats and understand the lasting impact of witnessing unspeakable acts of cruelty. A fellow veteran will also understand those memories trigger recurring bouts of past-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Habitat makes changes to build more homes

Habitat makes changes to build more homes

BUSHNELL — Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter recently announced plans to make better use of donor money and better serve those in need of homes.

The Habitat board has plans to move future new home construction to Sumter County, where impact fees are significantly less than Lake County, which is where most of its new construction has been in the past.

And Habitat moved the proposed Veterans Village from Leesburg to the Cottages at Waters Edge, a 14-lot development in Umatilla, where the impact fees already had been paid by the developer.

“Both moves provide a better use of money donated by area residents,” said Danielle Stroud, director of development for Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter.

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