Homebuilder launches foundation to solve affordable housing problem | Business Observer

Diamond Custom Homes has generously supported charities throughout its history. However, in the spirit of continuous improvement, we believed we could do more.

Two years ago, we established the Building Dreams Foundation to support local charities that improve the lives of underprivileged families in Southwest Florida through affordable housing and education. Forming our own foundation and implementing a fundraising plan allows us to target and increase our giving, and ultimately make a bigger difference.

We celebrated the launch of the foundation with an event at my family’s personal residence, raising $25,000 and creating what has become one of our last normal pre-pandemic memories.

Courtesy. Michael Diamond.

Habitat for Humanity was an important organization for my father. He was instrumental in the formation of the Lee County chapter and served as its president for several years. He organized many build days, helped raise significant funds and proudly led the construction of the chapter’s 100th house in 1995. The expanded organization, now known as Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, has currently built more than 1,750 homes.

Learn more about affordable housing in the area.

There is a huge need for affordable housing in Naples and Collier County, and today it is more visible than ever. Several industries in our region, including construction, education, health care, home building and hospitality, all employ many workers. The fact that the people who work here cannot afford to live here is a problem.

By increasing home ownership, we can significantly reduce the cycle of homelessness, crime and poverty. Habitat for Humanity prides itself on offering a helping hand instead of a handout. Its rigorous application process, interest-free loans, and equity requirements help people who demonstrate a willingness to help themselves.

The $50,000 raised by the Building Dreams Foundation (including $25,000 matching from Diamond Custom Homes) provided the funds needed to supply the building materials needed to build a home for a young family at Vincent’s Acres , which is Habitat for Humanity of Collier County’s 11th Naples development. .

Just last month, more than 30 of our employees and their family members participated in a two-day home-building event supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission, while working together and creating new team memories. And this year, the Building Dreams Foundation will strive to raise $75,000 in donations through events including a spring golf tournament.

I am proud to lead by example my father in supporting such an important cause. While there is no single answer to the affordable housing problem in Southwest Florida, Diamond Custom Homes, its employees, and the Building Dreams Foundation will certainly continue to be part of the solution.

Michael Diamond founded Diamond Custom Homes in Naples in 2010.

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