Florida Home Partnership Begins Construction of Ruskin Homes

RUSKIN, Fla. — June is National Homeownership Month and Hillsborough County has contributed $700,000 toward affordable housing in Ruskin.

what you need to know

  • Scotti Hovell is achieving his dream of homeownership through the nonprofit Florida Home Partnership.
  • Non-profit homebuilder celebrates its 30th anniversary
  • Florida Home Partnership is building another self-help community in Wimauma

A local educator is now achieving her dream of homeownership thanks to the nonprofit Florida Home Partnership.

“We would love for her to grow up in a home,” says Scotti Hovell of her four-month-old daughter named Lilly. “I thought, ‘Where am I going to make her walk?’, because our apartment is so small.”

The Hillsborough County teacher says that after living in a rental with her husband, a 12-year-old boy with special needs, and their newborn, they have outgrown that space.

She says they have been discounted from every house they tried to buy.

“We’ve been trying to get a house for the last two years, but it wasn’t working with rising home prices,” he said.

She says that things are finally looking up for her family.

They enrolled in the Florida Home Partnership program and are in the process of obtaining a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Sunset at Bayou Pass Village in Ruskin.

The mother of two says the house is cheaper because of how it was built.

Throughout the community, every roof is made of metal and has solar panels and energy efficient appliances to help residents keep their energy bills low.

Scotti says he wasn’t just looking for a new home, but a community.

He attended a groundbreaking celebration for his future neighbors hosted by the Florida Home Partnership.

The nonprofit homebuilder is also celebrating its 30th anniversary.

More than a thousand families have achieved the dream of owning their own home through its self-help programs.

“We worked hard and we want to work towards it and it’s finally happening,” Scotti said.

Florida Home Partnership is building another self-help community in Wimauma.

Thirty-eight townhomes will be available for occupancy.