Habitat for Humanity Of Hillsborough Needs Families And Volunteers
TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2013) - A team of employees from WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) recently joined Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County to help build a safe and affordable home in the Tampa Bay area. The company`s employees helped construct the roof and install insulation. In addition, WellCare donated $6,000 to the organization. Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County is currently searching for a qualified family to match with this home, the newest addition to its Providence Pointe community.
To qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home, a family of four must be able to make between $17,000 and $45,000 per year, below the 2013 median income guideline set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). With the latest data reporting that Hillsborough County`s median household income is $50,195, Habitat for Humanity homes may be a viable option for a significant number of residents. Unfortunately, many are unaware that they may qualify.
"Our mission is to build homes, build lives and build hope in Hillsborough County, and we encourage residents to learn more about becoming a Habitat homeowner," said Jackie Buckler, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County. "We are able to provide stable, affordable homes largely through the sponsorships and volunteer support we receive from partners like WellCare."
"WellCare is committed to doing what we can to help meet the needs of the communities in which our members live, including assistance with food, housing, transportation, utilities and more," said Lisa Iglesias, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and one of the WellCare volunteers. "We are proud to continue our six-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County."
As part of the Habitat for Humanity home ownership process, a family must invest 300 "sweat equity" hours into the construction process. The 3-4 bedroom homes are valued at approximately $99,500 and offered with 30-year, no-interest mortgages. Nominal closing costs and other credit and debt qualifications also apply. To learn more about how to apply, or to donate funds, home improvement items or to volunteer, please visit www.habitathillsborough.com or call 813-239-2242.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind, and disabled, as well as prescription drug plans. The company serves approximately 2.7 million members nationwide as of Dec. 31, 2012. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company`s website at www.wellcare.com.
About Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County Florida, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God`s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County, please visit www.habitathillsborough.com.
Habitat for Humanity
813-239-2242 ext. 102