Habitat for Humanity Welcomes New Outreach and Advocacy Manager

Habitat for Humanity of Broward has welcomed Maggie Zalamea
as its new Community Outreach and Advocacy Manager.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward has welcomed Maggie Zalamea as its new Community Outreach and Advocacy Manager.

FORT LAUDERDALE (November 7, 2022) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward has welcomed Maggie Zalamea as its new Community Outreach and Advocacy Manager.

Zalamea is a dynamic, results-oriented, passionate leader with over 15 years of experience in non-profit and government administration and has dedicated her career to helping those in need to achieve their highest potential.

She will spearhead Habitat Broward’s advocacy efforts by engaging civic leaders, elected officials, business community partners, faith-based and non-profit organizations in ensuring that working families in Broward can achieve the dream of homeownership.

“As we continue to grow and build our A-team, I am ecstatic to welcome Maggie to our team of dedicated professionals working to helping families achieve the ‘American Dream’ of homeownership,” said Justine Morgan, Habitat Broward Vice President, Capital and Community Relations.

Prior to Habitat Broward, Zalamea served in leadership positions in the states of Minnesota and Florida, specializing in government and legislative affairs; public policy and advocacy; and community relations, outreach, education; and engagement. Other previous roles include Director of Government Relations for the School Board of Broward County; Director of Public Policy and Community Coalitions for the Broward Teachers Union; Director of Operations for Hispanic Unity of Florida; Director of the Minnesota Latino Affairs Council; and Minnesota Assistant Attorney General.

Zalamea received her Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, reading, photography, biking, and dogs.

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.
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Bank of America Donates to Habitat for Humanity of Broward

Bank of America Donates $50,000 and New Office Space Headquarters
to Community Partner, Habitat for Humanity of Broward

Bank of America Fort Lauderdale President Center with Bank of America employee volunteers present donation check to Nancy Robin Habitat for Humanity of Broward CEO and Executive Director right with Ashley Coop.jpg

FORT LAUDERDALE (November 2, 2022) – Bank of America recently presented a donation check of $50,000 and committed to providing office space for Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s new headquarters in support of the non-profit’s mission.

The new office space located on the 2nd floor of the Fort Lauderdale Bank of America branch at 888 NW 62nd Street allows Habitat Broward to conduct its homeownership classes onsite for the first time in its history.
“We are grateful for the overwhelming support from our partners at Bank of America,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s CEO and Executive Director. “This new office space affords us the opportunity to host homeownership classes at this central location for the first time in history, and the funds donated helped five families to get closer to their dream of homeownership.”

After the check presentation, Bank of America Fort Lauderdale President, Lori Chevy and employee volunteers rolled up their sleeves to work with Habitat Broward at “A Rick Case Habitat Community” in Pompano Beach. They worked side-by-side with future habitat homeowners to help complete five new homes in what is the largest affordable single-family home development in Broward’s history.

Construction of homes was made possible in part by the $50,000 grant from Bank of America and stems from a shared vision that providing access to affordable housing advances economic mobility and enriches the community.

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.
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Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Philanthropic Leader

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (September 20, 2022) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward has named Glenn Jenkins as its new Major Gifts Officer.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Philanthropic LeaderJenkins brings to Habitat Broward a long history of nonprofit leadership and relationship building focused on matching the passion and intent of donors with the charitable expression of their values.

“We are entering an exciting new era of growth and I am delighted to welcome Glenn to a team dedicated to helping families achieve the ‘American Dream’ of homeownership,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “Glenn has a proven track record of forging long-term partnerships with donors that change lives thanks to his integrity and entrepreneurial spirit.”

Prior to Habitat Broward, Jenkins sat on the Board of Directors of Embrace Kids Foundation from 1997 to 2001. In August 2001 he transitioned from a volunteer role to that of the Acting Executive Director. He was appointed the Executive Director of the charity in August 2003 and held that position through December 2021. Throughout his tenure, Embrace Kids Foundation’s program funding increased five-fold and annual income increased by 10 percent (on average) every year from 2001 to 2017. He was the driving force behind the Embrace Kids Endowed Chair at Rutgers Cancer Institute, which became a permanent endowment in 2018.

Additionally, Jenkins held an important leadership and fundraising role in the formation of the Pediatric Palliative Care (PACCT) Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, which provide quality end-of-life care to children in their family homes.

Jenkins graduated from Rutgers University in 1995 with a degree in economics and minor in accounting. He then received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami. He participated in a nationally recognized Leadership & Development Program at the University of Miami and received his graduate degree in 1997. In 2011, he completed a master’s degree in global management from Thunderbird, School of Global Management.

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.
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Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Board Members

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (September 21, 2022) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward has appointed four new board members – Timothy Bryant, Robyn Hankerson-Printemps, Kelley Jackson, and Maria Menendez.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Board Members

“We are delighted to have Timothy, Robyn, Kelley and Maria join the board,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “They bring a diverse set of expertise to the already tremendously strong board, at a time where Habitat Broward is doing more than ever before to address Broward’s affordable workforce housing crisis”.

Bryant as Director of External Affairs for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has proven experience leveraging his unique combination of interpersonal skills and technical knowledge to deliver results in the electric utility sector. His extensive background working with elected officials and their staffs in the development of critical transmission and renewable energy projects, including utility-scale solar generating facilities across Florida. Additionally, he is a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Army National Guard, having served over 12 years in Kansas and North Carolina. He is currently licensed to practice engineering in the states of Alabama, Florida and Kansas and is a certified Six-Sigma Green Belt. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a graduate of Baker University’s MBA program. He currently serves as a community stakeholder on several boards.

Hankerson-Printemps is a strategic communications professional with 15 years of experience in public relations, marketing, event planning, social media, media buying, community outreach, sponsor/partner development and fundraising. She is currently the Community Relations Manager at Publix Super Markets where she is leading community giving, strategic partnerships and philanthropic initiatives throughout the southeast coast of Florida from Monroe to Brevard Counties. She is also a part time adjunct professor at the University of Florida.

Jackson is a devoted volunteer with significant track record of success with organizations and is currently a Scientific Studies Manager at UnitedHealth Group; She leads the Clinical Quality Management Studies team of analysts and data technicians for continuous quality improvement within Veteran Affairs Community Care Network. She is an engaged, innovative nursing leader with experience spanning corporate health and wellness, patient education and outreach, clinical operations, direct patient care, and research. She received both her Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Science in advanced practice nursing from Michigan State University and Doctor of Philosophy in nursing science from Florida Atlantic University.

Menendez has served as chief financial officer of GL Homes of Florida Holding Corporation and GL Financial Services since 2002. She is also the chief financial officer of GL Commercial Holdings Corporation, which owns and operates twelve commercial centers throughout South Florida. GL Homes and subsidiaries is the nation’s 30th largest builder based on revenue and the nation’s 13th largest private homebuilder. She was recognized by Builder Magazine as one of “Home Building’s Most Powerful Women” and by Travel Agent Magazine as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Travel.” She received both her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in international business and her Bachelor of Science in accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

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.

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First Responder Welcomed Home

First Responder Welcomed Home in Habitat Broward’s
Collier City Revitalization Community in Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach Mayor, Rex Hardin & Bank of America Market President, Lori Chevy with the Miranda Family and Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director, Nancy Robin

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (July 25, 2022) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward celebrated the dedication of The Miranda Family’s new affordable home, on Saturday, July 23, at Northwest 27th Avenue, in the Collier City revitalization community in Pompano Beach.

Tanisia Miranda is a devoted mother of three, who worked hard to become the first person in her family to own a home. As a payroll clerk for the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department and a part-time park ranger for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, she is dedicated to her career, while providing a better life for her children.

“We recognize that affordable housing is critical to put individuals and families on a path toward long-term stability and success,” said Lori Chevy, president, Bank of America Fort Lauderdale. “For three decades, Bank of America has partnered with Habitat for Humanity across the country in support of our shared goal to build thriving communities through the power of homeownership. Congratulations, Miranda family!”

When asked what homeownership means to her, Miranda said words can’t come close to expressing her gratitude and excitement. “This means the world to us. It makes all those long nights, sometimes working 14 days straight, worth it. There was a purpose for it all and it came in God’s grace and his time.”

Mayor of Pompano Beach, Rex Hardin and Cyndy Floyd, Pompano Beach City Commissioner joined the new homeowners to celebrate along with Habitat Broward home sponsors, board members, family, and friends.

“This day wouldn’t be possible without a lot of partners, from the City of Pompano Beach and our truly incredible and giving volunteers to our amazing Family Home Sponsor, Bank of America,” said Lily Pardo, Habitat Broward Board Chair. “I’d also like to recognize our generous House Foundation Sponsor, The Larson Family and to the United Way of Broward County’s Housing United program for down payment assistance.”

The new home is part of an innovative 12 home partnership between Habitat Broward, private funders, the City of Pompano Beach, and its CRA to revitalize Collier City, remove blighted vacant lots, reduce crime, and deliver an affordable home ownership opportunity to the community.

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.

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Habitat Broward celebrates the completion of 12 homes

Habitat Broward Completes 12-Home Collier City Revitalization Community with a Dedication Ceremony for Final Four Homes in Pompano Beach

Habitat Broward celebrates the completion of the 12 home Collier City Revitalization Community with new homeowners officials home sponsors staff volunteers family and friends

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2022) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward celebrated the completion of the 12-home Collier City Revitalization Community, at NW 27th Avenue in Pompano Beach, with a dedication ceremony for the final four homes on Saturday, June 25.

Florida House Representative Chip LaMarca, The City of Pompano Beach Vice Mayor, Beverly Perkins, and District 5 Commissioner, Cyndy Floyd celebrated this milestone along with the new homeowners, Habitat home sponsors, board members, staff, volunteers, family, and friends.

“Affordable housing is vital to families. A house is not just a house, it’s a home that shelters, protects, and nurtures families. It offers those inside the opportunity to thrive and supports their economic and personal development,” said Nancy Robin CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “It’s not just critical for families, it’s so important for communities – affordable housing uplifts residents, encourages social connection, reduces overcrowding, increases adjacent property values, attracts businesses and jobs, and lowers crime rates.”

These homes were made possible thanks to the generosity of family home sponsors Amerant Bank, Bank of America, Publix Super Market Charities, UKG; house foundation sponsors The Gore Family Memorial Foundation Trust, The Larson Family, TIAA Bank; blueprint sponsors Holman Automotive, The Pauline M. Weinacht Fund, Rotary Club of Weston, Truist Foundation, and Wells Fargo Bank; gift-in-kind sponsors City Furniture, DOW, Hunter Douglas, Schneider Electric, Sherwin-Williams, Whirlpool Corporation, WSVN-TV Channel 7 and Yale.

Additionally, special thanks for down payment assistance from United Way of Broward and the continued support of the City of Pompano Beach.

The new homes and various improvements to the Collier City neighborhood are the result of a master plan for the revitalization of the area initiated by the Pompano Beach CRA to remove blighted vacant lots, reduce crime, and deliver an affordable home ownership opportunity to the community. City improvements under the plan include infrastructure and streetscape improvements, street lighting upgrades, landscaping, and the building of a new Broward Sheriff’s Office substation at the Southwest corner of NW 27th Avenue and NW 4th Court.

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.

Top Women-Led Businesses in Florida

Commonwealth Institute Names Habitat for Humanity of Broward to Top Women-Led Businesses in Florida

The Commonwealth Institute Names Habitat for Humanity of Broward to Top Women-Led Businesses in Florida

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. ( June 14, 2022) – The Commonwealth Institute Florida (TCI-FL), together with its research partner Kaufman Rossin, announced Habitat for Humanity of Broward was a part of the 17th annual Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Florida list, recognizing the honorees during the award luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Miami on June 14. These awards honored 100 for-profit and non-profit as well as five startup organizations.

“The organizations on this year’s diverse list are driving innovation across Florida and beyond with breakthroughs in product development, education and apprenticeship and new approaches in the delivery of clinical care and therapeutics. We are honored to recognize these 100 companies and the remarkable women who lead them,” says Jacqui Kiviat, Executive Director, TCI-FL.

Although TCI-FL has been hosting the Florida-based event for 17 years, this is the first time the non-profit organization really made a statewide effort to compile a list that represents businesses throughout all of Florida. It was also the first year that factors like innovation, customer service and employee programs were added to revenue to come up with the list and rankings.

“We are very thankful to The Commonwealth Institute, and its’ partners for recognizing our impact on the community. They have helped us shine a much-needed spotlight on the affordable housing crisis in Broward County,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward’s Executive Director and CEO. “Habitat for Humanity of Broward is honored, and we pledge to continue our work with even greater vigor…to make home possible for hard-working families.”

For more information, please contact Naz De La Rosa at (305) 968-6700 or visit http://commonwealthinstitute.org.

About The Commonwealth Institute (TCI)
The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) is a non-profit organization that works with women CEOs, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, and the rising generation of women leaders to help them build successful businesses, organizations, and careers in Florida and Massachusetts. In short, TCI helps women in business achieve greater success! For 25 years, The Commonwealth Institute has provided insights, mentoring and inspiration to help women succeed on personal and professional levels, while propelling their organizations forward.

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.

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Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts 3rd Annual CEO Build

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts 3rd Annual CEO Build at Collier City Revitalization Community in Pompano Beach
Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts 3rd Annual CEO Build at Collier City Revitalization Community in Pompano Beach

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 Homes – February 1

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 single and two story affordable Habitat homes in Pompano Beach include four bedrooms garages modern kitchens landscaped yards and hurricane impact windows

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.

Interested families can visit https://www.habitatbroward.org/2020-pre-qualification-questionnaire/ to start the pre-application process.

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.

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5 Families Welcomed at the Rick Case Habitat Community

Five Families Welcomed to Their New Habitat Broward Homes at ‘A Rick Case Habitat Community’ in Pompano Beach

Raquel and Ryan Case with the Sterile Boyd family at Habitat Browards Dedication Ceremony on Saturday February 5 at A Rick Case Habitat Community

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.

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Habitat Broward Receives $5,000 State Farm Grant

Habitat for Humanity of Broward received a $5,000 grant from State Farm as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (January 18, 2022) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward received a $5,000 grant from State Farm as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary. The grant funds will be used towards keeping Habitat homeowners safe from hurricane-force winds by providing hurricane straps to anchor the homes’ roof trusses to the exterior walls. The grant will benefit hard-working families in need of a decent, affordable place to live in Broward County.

“This grant embodies the spirit of what our company has been about for the last 100 years, about giving back and being a good neighbor,” said Jose Soto at State Farm. “We are excited to continue our partnership with Habitat Broward and to help keep families safe and secure.”

Affordable, resilient housing is critical to promoting a sustainable COVID-19 recovery for the more than 80 percent of Broward residents who can’t afford their own home and the local economy they support.

Housing experts and community leaders agree that affordable housing solutions will play a key role in Broward’s long-term COVID-19 recovery.

“No one entity can solve this social and economic crisis alone. That is why we are so grateful for private-sector support from corporate citizens like State Farm,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward’s CEO and Executive Director. “We thank State Farm for continuously investing in safe affordable workforce housing and for stepping up to meet this community challenge.”

Habitat Broward’s program combines home construction with affordable mortgage financing and robust education to put working families on the path to long-term financial security through homeownership.

State Farm has been a corporate sponsor of Habitat Broward for over a decade. With the shared commitment to affordable housing, they have worked together to build a stronger, resilient community, one home and family at a time. Since making its first gift in 2011, State Farm has donated over $50,000 in funding and hundreds of volunteer hours to make affordable housing a reality for low-income families in need of a decent, affordable place to call home.

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 hardworking families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and create intergenerational wealth. 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.

About State Farm®
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Habitat Broward Hosts Delegation Build Day

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (November 15, 2021) – The Broward Delegation which includes local state representatives and state senators hosted “Delegation Build Day” at A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach on Saturday, November 13 in support of Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s leadership in workforce housing.

Habitat Broward Hosts ‘Delegation Build Day’ at A Rick Case Habitat Community to Support Workforce Housing

This initiative had delegates working side-by-side with future homeowners and volunteers to build homes in what is the largest affordable single family home development in Broward County’s history.

Delegates who participated included Michael Gottlieb, Chair of Broward Delegation along with other representatives such as Chip LaMarca, Robin Bartleman, and Anika Omphroy.

“Broward County is a highly desirable place to live and because of that we are plagued with a shortage of housing,” said Rep. Michael Gottlieb. “Habitat Broward has been a leader for years in addressing the affordable housing challenge and we felt this was a great opportunity for the Delegation to support their efforts.”

“Members of the Broward Delegation came today to dig in, get dirty and help lift up families working hard to earn the economic empowerment that comes with homeownership. We thank them for their hard work and support of this cause,” said Thor Barraclough, Habitat Broward Chief Program Officer.

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.

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