Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts Students from across the Nation During “Collegiate Challenge” Program This Month
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (March 16, 2022) – Instead of catching up on sleep or sitting by the pool students from across the country are spending their spring break building homes through Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s “Collegiate Challenge” program.
This year’s “Collegiate Challenge” kicked off on Tuesday, March 8 and lasts for two weeks. With assistance from Habitat Broward’s leaders, homeowners, and core volunteers, the students will be roof shingling, wall furring and painting homes for families in need of affordable housing. The need is great with more than 80 percent of Broward families unable to own their own home.
“We thank the students for using their spring break to participate in the Collegiate Challenge, which shows their true humanitarian hearts,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat Broward. “Through our Collegiate Challenge these students will develop construction skills, build lifelong friendships and make a huge difference in our community.”
Participating schools include Florida Atlantic University, Illinois State University – Wesley Foundation, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Babson College.
Collegiate Challenge was established by Habitat for Humanity in 1989 and has seen more than 260,000 students volunteer across the country, helping thousands of families achieve a decent place to live.
Students make both volunteer and financial contributions to Habitat Broward during their Spring Break, building homes and raising funds to help families in need of safe, affordable housing.
Applications for Habitat Broward’s homeownership program are open now, visit habitatbroward.org for more information.
About Habitat for Humanity of Broward Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (March 7, 2022) – CEOs from many of South Florida’s largest and most influential businesses joined together in support for affordable workforce housing during Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s 3rd annual CEO Build on Saturday, March 5. The company leaders helped weatherproof new homes being built as part of a revitalization program for Collier City in Pompano Beach.
Event co-chairs Brent Burns, President and CEO of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and Keith Koenig, Chairman of CITY Furniture led 40 business leaders who worked side-by-side with future homeowners striving to earn their piece of the American dream.
“Together we lead organizations that employ hundreds of thousands. We know how impressive these employees are and we need to speak up to ensure they have a safe, affordable place to call home. We cannot thank the participants in this year’s CEO Build enough for leading the charge for change,” said Koenig. “At CITY Furniture, giving back is at the heart of our brand. Our goal is to make you feel good about where you live — and that means both the place you call home, and the community we all share.”
“JM Family has been a supporter of Habitat for decades and are thrilled this is our third year sponsoring a CEO Build. We are always humbled by the opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with families, whose sweat equity helps earn them an affordable mortgage, and I hope this serves as a rallying cry to other executives who want to join the fight. There is great need in our community and together we can make a significant, impactful difference for those who need it most,” said Burns.
Today in Broward the median sale price of a single-family home is $500,000. That’s a 16 percent year-over-year increase. Investment in affordable workforce housing helps families build wealth and stimulates growth necessary for a healthy, equitable society. The impact of families becoming homeowners is profound:
Their children are twice as likely to go to college
74 percent will report better health
Their net worth will climb to 44 times that of a renter
Habitat for Humanity of Broward offers working families a way to earn an affordable mortgage kept to 30 percent of household income through the sweat equity they invest. The success of the Habitat Broward model has provided hundreds of families with the economic empowerment that comes with home ownership.
“We build more than homes – we build communities, we lift up neighborhoods, often helping them turn the corner from blight to connected places of hope. And in these homes, we help families become more empowered leaders to help nourish that community,” said Nancy Robin CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “These participants provide the compassion, grit and leadership that is helping our community respond to the affordable housing crisis. Thanks to them Broward’s will enter the future as a vital, inclusive, and equitable community.”
Collier City Revitalization along the NW 27th Avenue corridor is a top priority of Pompano Beach’s Northwest CRA and Habitat for Humanity of Broward. Improvements will include Habitat’s construction of 12 new single-family homes with one-car garages, street lighting and improvements to McNair Park by the City, and the addition of a new Broward Sheriff’s Office substation. The combination of these investments will increase low-income families’ access to affordable housing, improve property values in Collier City and increase residents’ feelings of security through improved lighting, the BSO substation, and a state-of-the-art community park and center.
In addition to event co-chairs Brent Burns and Keith Koenig, leaders from companies such as Advanced Roofing, Amerant Bank, American Heritage Schools, AshBritt, AshBritt Management and Logistics, BDO, Ben F. Harrison Foundation, Burdette Beckmann Inc., Broward College, Castle Group, Celebrity Cruises, City of Deerfield Beach, Cushman and Wakefield, Denison Yachting, DOTOLI Group, The Festus & Helen Stacy Foundation, Inc., GL Homes, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Health Business Solutions, HEICO Corporation, Holy Cross Health, Hudson Family Foundation, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Kaufman Lynn Construction, KEITH and Associates, Mesirow Financial, Miami Dolphins, Miller Construction Company, Pirtle Construction Company, PNC Bank, Ranger Technical Resources, Rick Case Automotive Group, Right Management, Rogers, Morris & Ziegler, Tripp Scott, South Florida Business Journal, Walter Duke + Partners, and Channel 7 Foundation/WSVN were present at the CEO Build.
About Habitat for Humanity of Broward Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and
Open Enrollment for Habitat Broward’s New Energy Efficient, Affordable Single Family Pompano Beach Homes Begins Tuesday, February 1
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (January 31, 2022) – Open enrollment for Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s pre-application process for new energy efficient, affordable housing at “A Rick Case Habitat Community” and North-West 27th Street developments in Pompano Beach will begin on Tuesday, Friday 1, via www.habitatbroward.org.
The new energy efficient models will include four bedrooms, garages, modern kitchens, landscaped yards, and hurricane impact windows.
These locations are minutes away from beautiful beaches, schools, churches, a lively art and cultural scene, and great recreational and shopping amenity.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for first time home buyers, there is no better affordable housing option in Broward County,” said Thor Barraclough, Habitat Broward Chief Program Officer. “Selected applicants will enjoy affordable mortgage loans through our home ownership program and can achieve the economic empowerment that comes from owning your own home.”
The homes include the last 33 to be built in the new intentional community, “A Rick Case Habitat Community,” which when completed, will be the largest affordable housing development of single-family homes in Broward’s history, providing 76 homes for hard-working families.
The application process has four steps that includes a pre-qualification questionnaire, orientation, financial analysis review and face-to-face interview. Successful applicants can expect to move into a home within 12 to 18 months.
Qualifications include but are not limited to the following:
• Must be a first-time home buyer. • Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident. • Must be a current Broward County resident or working in Broward (for a year or more). • Must demonstrate a need for affordable housing. • Must be able to afford a zero-percent mortgage and make a $2,000 down-payment.
About Habitat for Humanity of Broward Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of home ownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.
Five Families Welcomed to Their New Habitat Broward Homes at ‘A Rick Case Habitat Community’ in Pompano Beach
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (February 8, 2022) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward welcomed home five hard working families on Saturday, February 5th at “A Rick Case Habitat Community” in Pompano Beach.
Representative Chip LaMarca, Broward County Commissioner Lamar Fisher, Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Hardin, and Vice Mayor Beverly Perkins joined the new homeowners to celebrate along with Habitat home sponsors, board members, family, and friends.
“We are now more than halfway through folks, with only 33 of our 76 homes to go at A Rick Case Habitat Community – our current class of future homeowners is our largest ever and we are currently accepting applications for our next class so please share the word,” said Kelly Kolb, Chair of Habitat Broward. “In other words, we are very busy. Why? Well because Broward is one of the most cost-burdened housing markets in the country, but for these five families that is no longer the case. This year, their hard work has earned them their part of the American Dream.”
The proud first-time homeowners include couples Susan Black and Dammaine Medley; Kelsey and Antonio McNeal; Osseline and Claude Moreau; Erik Boyd and Belinda Sterile-Boyd; along with Lydia and Hank Williams.
“Before we joined the Habitat program, every month Dammaine and I would ask ourselves why we were spending all this money to pay off someone else’s mortgage?” said Black. That’s when the family decided to apply for Habitat Broward’s program. Now, when the family makes that first mortgage payment every cent is an investment in the family’s future.
“Now we are building a future,” Black added. As a Hospital Coordinator at Conviva Medical Center, Black works alongside partner Medley, a Patient Transportation Associate for the same location. The Jamaican American parents are raising four children ranging from age three to 21.
All thanks to the generosity of Family Home Sponsors such as Rick Case Automotive Group, Robert Taylor, Jr. Family, and WSVN-TV Channel 7; House Foundation Sponsor Bank of America; Blueprint Sponsors The Gore Family Memorial Trust, Truist, Wells Fargo, The Oppenheimer Family Foundation, and Homeownership for All, Inc. Additionally, special thanks to the continued support of the Community Foundation of Broward and the City of Pompano Beach.
“We know these new homes will be filled with love, laughter, and treasured memories by the families. It was wonderful to all be together to celebrate this amazing milestone,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward Executive Director & CEO. “Habitat Broward is committed to lifting families up to help them accomplish their goal of homeownership. With homeownership comes financial stability, and ultimately a more equitable and vibrant community.”
Open enrollment began on Tuesday, February 1 for new energy efficient, affordable housing at “A Rick Case Habitat Community” and North-West 27th Street developments in Pompano Beach; and extends through Thursday, March 31. Interested families are encouraged to visit https://www.habitatbroward.org/2020-pre-qualification-questionnaire/ to start the pre-application process.
Through Habitat Broward, hardworking families can obtain affordable homes with affordable mortgages through a combination of sweat equity hours, a modest down payment and coursework.
About Habitat for Humanity of Broward Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.