Ceremony highlights completion of the 12-home community and new neighborhood park
TAMPA (Jan. 17, 2023) – Habitat for Humanity Hillsborough County is marking the completion of its Silvio Palms neighborhood on Thursday, Feb. 16, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of a new neighborhood park. Located in the Tampa suburb of Temple Terrace, work began on the 12 affordable, single-family homes in spring 2022 for residents who make no more than 80 percent of the area’s median income. Beyond aesthetics, construction design focused on long-term sustainability with considerations for inclement weather, product durability as well as energy and water efficiency. The community will also be home to Silvio Palms Park, a new xxx-acre green space and play area. that will include a community playground.
“We’re always so excited to see reactions from the families every time we complete a build,” said Tina Forcier, CEO at Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County. “They’ve put in the sweat equity alongside amazing volunteers, and now these families can focus on creating memories in their new homes. Homeownership is something that should be afforded to all those in our community who want it and are willing to put in the hard work to achieve it.”
Eight families will participate in the dedication ceremony, including Air Force veteran Johanna Ramirez. After an honorable military discharge, Ramirez returned to civilian life and faced challenges finding employment and affordable housing.
“I had several jobs and bounced from apartment to apartment. I had no real stability,” Ramirez said. “In 2017 I lost my job, could not find work, and had no income for three years. I ended up homeless.”
Things turned around for Ramirez through a number of support programs, and with a connection to Habitat Hillsborough, homeownership was finally within reach.
“With a home, I will be able to gain equity and save some money. This will put me in the position of becoming more self-sufficient,” she said. “My home will mean stability, a sense of belonging, a sanctuary. A place of comfort, love and peace.”
The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m., followed by guided tours of the homes and Silvio Palms Park. Notable guests will include Damon Moorer, president/CEO of TCM Bank and board chair of Habitat Hillsborough; and County Commissioner Gwen Myers.
About Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County
Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County became an affiliate in 1987 and is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization founded and operated on Christian principles. Habitat Hillsborough is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their housing conditions. In addition, they serve homeowners through their home preservation program.