Manatee County Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking for Hope Landing on Saturday, January 30.The groundbreaking was held on Saturday, January 30. Hope Landing is the organization’s newest neighborhood of family homes and is located in the area of 3800 17th Street East, Ellenton, FL.Representatives from Manatee Habitat, the faith community, volunteers, elected officials, aspiring Habitat homeowners and corporate partners were present to turn the first shovels. This included organizations like Manatee County government, Tropicana, Whitney Bank, King Engineering Associates and churches from across Manatee County, including Longboat Island Chapel and fifteen United Methodist Churches who are all supporting the development through generous financial contributions and grants. All participants signed a very special gift to the first families who will move into the Hope Landing homes.Near Blackburn Elementary school in Ellenton, Hope Landing will be home to 18 families when complete. The homes will be constructed with energy-efficient building techniques that will save the owners up to 50% on their utility bills. “Manatee Habitat is excited about the opportunity to provide affordable and energy efficient homes for local families in need of safe, decent housing,” said Ron Turner, local Habitat for Humanity Executive Director.