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Championed by the Diamond Square Community Redevelopment Agency and Staff, (Diamond Square CRA) granted Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. (HFHBC) six lots and $10,000 for each lot for homes to be built on Whaley Street in the Diamond Square redevelopment area. These homes will be constructed for low-income, female veterans who live in Brevard County to move to Cocoa and own their home.
Approved by the Diamond Square CRA Board in October, the six lots will be transferred to HFHBC in order for them to begin the Veterans’ Homeownership Initiative Project. The $60,000 of Agency funds will assist Habitat with site preparation. The homes will be located at 430, 450, 470, 490, 510 and 530 Whaley Street.
This project is ten years in the making. Back in 2008, the Diamond Square CRA Board approved a Letter of Intent to purchase the old Skyview Trailer Park property. In August, 2014, the Diamond Square Subdivision was recorded with the Brevard County Clerk of Courts, which included specifically those six (6) lots. In 2016, Staff presented to the Board a development partnership for the construction of homes on the six lots as part of the City of Cocoa’s Veterans’ Homeownership Initiative. In 2018, the partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County was realized and soon, new single-family homes will be constructed for low and very low-income female veterans.
Brevard Habitat offers a hand up, not a hand out. Their success in providing safe and affordable homes to those in need in Brevard County is a direct result of their volunteers and donors. “Habitat is so appreciative of Diamond Square and the City Of Cocoa for this opportunity. It is an amazing chance to give back to some of the female veterans who put their lives on hold to ensure we can keep our liberties in the United States”, shared M.E. Kelly, the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County.
Neighborhood revitalization is a concept the Diamond Square CRA has envisioned to bring life into the community. Tracy Moore, the Chairperson of the Diamond Square CRA stated - “the Cocoa Diamond Square Redevelopment Board welcomes this opportunity to establish a community of homes for women veterans and their families who have served our country. We are excited to continue our partnership with Habitat for Humanity in this effort to build dignity and hope.”
“Building a better community, does not happen overnight – it takes a group of individuals and leaders who volunteer their time and resources to help those who need it most,” shared Redevelopment Program Manager, Charlene Neuterman. “We are excited to be a part of the Veterans’ Homeownership Initiative Project to continue the work in empowering families to prosper in Cocoa by creating safe and sturdy homes. We are working together to revitalize the neighborhood and the lives of female veterans in Cocoa.”
To learn more about the HFHBC Veterans’ Homeownership Initiative Project, register as a CEO Builder, Women Builder, become a home presenting sponsor or volunteer, contact HFHBC President M.E. Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-728-4009 or www.brevardhabitat.com.