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.

Habitat Broward Welcomes Four Families in Collier City

Habitat Broward and the City of Pompano Beach CRA Partner to Welcome Home Four Families in Collier City

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (June 13, 2022) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward (Habitat) in partnership with the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the City of Pompano Beach (City) celebrated the dedication of four new affordable homes on Saturday, June 11th at NW 27th Avenue, in the Collier City neighborhood of Pompano Beach.

The four homes are part of an innovative 12 home partnership between Habitat, the CRA and the City to revitalize Collier City, remove blighted vacant lots, reduce crime, and deliver an affordable home ownership opportunity to the community. Nine of the 12 lots were deeded to Habitat by the CRA for the construction of affordable single-family homes. Habitat purchased three other lots privately.

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 CRA. 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.

“We are very proud of the tremendous spirit of cooperation that occurred between the Public and Nonprofit sectors to bring this extraordinary project to fruition,” said Nguyen Tran, Pompano Beach CRA Director. “Single family homes had not been allowed previously in a B2 Commercially Zoned District until the CRA approached the City in 2015 to amend the zoning code. In 2019, the CRA deeded 9 vacant lots to Habitat for Humanity to transform this area and provide much needed housing. And today, we welcome with these families as they become proud Pompano Beach first-time homeowners.”

Representatives Nguyen Tran, Cyndy Floyd, Pompano Beach City Commissioner and Robert McKinzie, City Commissioner, District III joined the new homeowners to celebrate along with Habitat home sponsors, board members, family, and friends.

“The pioneering work of the City of Pompano Beach and the sponsorship of JM Family Enterprises has allowed us to build more than homes within a struggling neighborhood, together we are building community,” said Nancy Robin CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “Thanks to the CRA, NW 27th Avenue has a much brighter future held fast by the anchor of homeownership.”

New Habitat homeowner, Lashon Dicks celebrated the day after a year of education and home construction had earned her the home and its affordable mortgage. The Healthcare Billing Specialist and mother of two boys Zavious (12) and Kelly (7) thanked the City and her home sponsor JM Family Enterprises for making the day possible. “We are so blessed to have a place of our own that provides the peace of mind only ownership can give you,” she said.

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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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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Wells Fargo donates $15,000 to Habitat Broward

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Broward County families access affordable housing

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (August 18, 2021) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward is one of more than 220 Habitat for Humanity organizations awarded a grant from Wells Fargo as part of its nationwide initiative to help families unable to obtain conventional financing to become first-time homeowners.

Wells Fargo’s $15,000 grant to Habitat Broward will help provide the Moreaus, a hard-working family of seven, with a home of their own in A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach.

“Far too many people across the country are facing housing instability and one of our key priorities is to create housing affordability solutions where everyone can have a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Wells Fargo South Florida Social Impact and Sustainability Leader Leo Toca. “We are proud to support Habitat for Humanity of Broward in providing homeownership opportunities in South Florida.”

“Wells Fargo understands the economic empowerment that comes with homeownership and is acting on this belief across the nation,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO and Executive Director. “Families like the Moreaus would not achieve the dream of homeownership without great corporate citizens like Wells Fargo and we can’t thank them enough.”

The grant is part of a $7.75 million donation Wells Fargo is making to Habitat for Humanity International through Wells Fargo Builds, an initiative that provides philanthropic financial support and volunteerism to create sustainable affordable housing. More than 340 homes will be constructed or repaired with Habitat in over 40 states through the initiative this year. Wells Fargo Builds is part of Wells Fargo’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.

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.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets, proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of small businesses in the U.S., and is the leading middle market banking provider in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth & Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 37 on Fortune’s 2021 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health, and a low-carbon economy. News, insights, and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Additional information may be found at www.wellsfargo.com | Twitter: @WellsFargo.

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Rick Case Habitat Community Building 76 Affordable Homes

Groundbreaking Marks A Rick Case Habitat Community
Surpassing Halfway Milestone in Building 76 Affordable Homes

Groundbreaking Marks A Rick Case Habitat Community Surpassing Halfway Milestone in Building 76 Affordable Homes
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Habitat for Humanity of Broward held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for five homes which will surpass the halfway milestone of Building 76 Homes in A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach.

Raquel and Ryan Case representing Rick Case Automotive Group joined, Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat Broward and future homeowners, Shandell and Shandel Bryan at the ceremony to mark the milestone.

“Today we dedicate the ground upon which five new future homeowners will achieve the dream of homeownership, thanks to our amazing supporters and volunteers. This groundbreaking marks a huge milestone in the achievement of the largest affordable single-family home community in Broward’s history,” said Robin.

Rick Case Automotive Group sponsored two of the five homes. Other family home sponsors are Sunbeam Television/WSVN Channel 7, Burdette Beckman, Inc. and the Robert Taylor Family.

The $18 million Rick Case Habitat Community will provide affordable housing to hard-working families living and working in Broward who are unable to obtain conventional financing.

Ed Ansin and Rita and Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive Group provided the initial funding for the project’s infrastructure. The project was also made possible by the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward, City of Pompano Beach, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., the Hudson Family Foundation, and others are major contributors. A portion of the infrastructure work was donated by the US Army 766 Engineer Company.

Home construction began in the fall of 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2023.

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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Seven Families Earn Keys to Their New Homes

Seven Families Earn Keys to Their New Homes in Pompano Beach from Habitat for Humanity of Broward

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Seven hard working families received keys to their new homes from Habitat for Humanity of Broward on Saturday, June 26 at A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach.

Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Harden, Vice Mayor Beverly Perkins, and Broward County Commissioner, Dr. Barbara Sharief, joined the new homeowners to celebrate along with Habitat home sponsors, board members, family, and friends.

The proud first-time homeowners include Monique Canteen, Jeanna and Neco Huie; Latandra Mitchell, Karen Smith-Francis and Gilbert Francis; Lauren Smoot, Kenya Wright, and Shirley Yunez.

Yunez, is a mother of three formerly from the Bronx. She has worked as a Parent Educator in the Broward Schools Head Start Program where she empowers young families to reach their goals. “Living in a place where hopelessness was written on the faces of so many, I learned I had to persevere to achieve my dreams,” said Yunez. “I realize the importance of owning my own home and how that can bring stability and safety into our lives. I am so fortunate to be a new Habitat homeowner.”

“We wanted the stability and security that comes from buying a Habitat home, it’s less expensive than rent and you actually pay yourself, not the landlord,” said Karen Smith-Francis a Patient Care Technician at Westside Medical Center.

Jeanna and Neco Huie, hardworking parents of four children. Neco Huie is a Service Technician with City Furniture while Jeanna Huie is a Medical Adjuster. Both were excited to work side by side with City Furniture CEO, Keith Koenig during Habitat Broward’s CEO Build in May. They have moved a great deal in the past year or two, struggling to find an affordable place to live as a six-member household. “Having overcome so many challenges, we feel truly blessed to finally buy our own home and leave our children a legacy,” said Jeanna Huie.

“I’m immensely proud of these families for becoming new homeowners, and so very thankful for our sponsors, volunteers and construction team.” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward Executive Director & CEO. “Habitat Broward is committed to helping families accomplish their goal of homeownership and financial stability, ultimately supporting and sustaining a more vibrant community.”

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.

Homes were made possible thanks to the generosity of Amerant Bank, Burdette Beckmann, Inc., Coke Florida, Rick Case Automotive Group, Robert Taylor, Jr. Family, Wadsworth Family Foundation, TIAA Bank, American Engineering & Development Corporation and Stiles Corporation. Additionally, special thanks to the continued support of the Community Foundation of Broward and the City of Pompano Beach.

Open enrollment for two Pompano Beach locations has been extended through Friday, July 30. Interested families can go to https://www.habitatbroward.org/2020-pre-qualification-questionnaire/ and 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 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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‘Building Futures’ Pilot Program Launched by Habitat for Humanity

‘Building Futures’ Pilot Program Launched by Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s Rick Case Habitat Community and Boys & Girls Club of Broward County

POMPANO BEACH, FL. – Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s Rick Case Habitat Community and the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, is proud to announce the “Building Futures” pilot program. Modeled after a similar program in Cleveland, Ohio, the goals of the program are to introduce students to career opportunities in a variety of trades, engage them in taking responsibility for their future and set them on a path for a successful and rewarding career.

Through a unique approach, Habitat home building projects will be used to give selected 16 through 19-year-old students eight weeks of intensive hands-on experience with a variety of skilled construction trades. In addition to providing new homes for families in search of affordable housing, this program will provide these students with a better understanding of the career opportunities available to them in the skilled trades and give them the introductory skills needed to enter this field. By making these opportunities tangible, the program intends to show the students that their future is within their own control and that a successful career, including home ownership, is available to them.

A Rick Case Habitat Community, the largest affordable single family housing project in Broward’s history, will serve as the primary site location for this pilot program.

Funding for this pilot program is provided by a generous, anonymous donor with ties to both Cleveland, Ohio and Broward County.

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” families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and gain economic empowerment through 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.

About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC)
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) private agency, dedicated to helping young people improve their lives by building self-esteem and developing values and skills during their critical period of growth. Serving more than 12,000 at-risk youths, ages 6-18 each year from its 12 Broward County-area clubs, their purpose is to inspire and enable children to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. BGCBC has once again received the coveted 4 stars rating (out of 4 stars) for the tenth year in a row. Only 3% of the Non-Profits in the USA have achieved this level of excellence from Charity Navigator. Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County is located at 877 NW 61st Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.

For more information call (954) 537-1010 or view the website at www.bgcbc.org.

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Online Pre-Application Now Open for New Single and Two-Story Habitat Homes in Pompano Beach

By Trena Brae

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (May 25, 2021) – Open enrollment for Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s homeowner free pre-application process for new single and two-story homes in two Pompano Beach locations is underway online through Tuesday, June 15 via www.habitatbroward.org.

Online Pre-Application Now Open for New Single and Two-Story Habitat Homes in Pompano Beach

The new energy efficient models will include garages, landscaped yards, four bedrooms, hurricane windows, and modern kitchens.

Additionally, these locations are minutes away from beautiful beaches, schools, churches, a lively arts and cultural scene, and great recreational and shopping amenities.

“Selected applicants will enjoy affordable homeownership of new homes through affordable mortgage loans,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “Through our homeownership program, hardworking families can achieve the economic empowerment that comes from owning your own home.”

It is a four-step application process 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 homebuyer.
• Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident.
• Must be a current Broward County resident (for a year or more).
• Must demonstrate a need for affordable housing.
• Must be able to make a $2,000 down-payment broken down into monthly installments.

Interested families can go to https://www.habitatbroward.org/2020-pre-qualification-questionnaire/ and 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 low to very low-income families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. 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 2nd Annual CEO Build

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (May 18, 2021) – Florida CEOs showed up to give time, funds, and voice in support of affordable workforce housing during Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s 2nd annual CEO Build on Saturday, May 15. The landscaping work took place at Habitat’s historic 76-home community in Pompano Beach.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts 2nd Annual CEO Build “These CEO Build participants collectively lead more than 430,000 employees,” said Nancy Robin CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “They understand the critical need for affordable workforce housing and are determined to work together to find a solution.”

Event co-chairs Brent Burns, President and CEO of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and Keith Koenig, CEO of City Furniture, led the build that took place at A Rick Case Habitat Community and brought CEOs of leading national and local companies to cooperatively respond to the important issue of affordable housing for Broward County’s workforce.

“Now, more than ever, we are in desperate need of affordable housing, as families get back on their feet following the global pandemic,” said Burns. “Thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Broward for creating an opportunity for business leaders in our community to work side-by-side with peers who also believe in this incredible cause. We are excited to help welcome these families to their new homes.”

The pandemic has demonstrated the need for safe, decent, and affordable shelter is greater than ever. Investment in affordable workforce housing helps families build wealth and stimulates growth necessary for a healthy, equitable society. Before COVID-19, one in seven households spent more than half of their income on housing. Today, that number is estimated to be one in four. 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.

Chip LaMarca, Florida House of Representatives also took part in the event along with corporations such as Advanced Roofing, Amerant Bank, BDO, Burdette Beckmann Inc., Castle Group, Celebrity Cruises, Chen Moore and Associates, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Colliers International, Denison Yachting, The Festus & Helen Stacy Foundation, Inc., GA Telesis GL Homes, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Health Business Solutions, HEICO Corporation, Holy Cross Health, Hudson Family Foundation, Kaufman Lynn Construction, Keith and Associates, Memorial Healthcare System, Merrimac Ventures, Mesirow Financial, Miami Dolphins, Miller Construction Company, Multi-Bank Securities, Inc., Pirtle Construction Company, PNC Bank, Ranger Technical Resources, Rick Case Automotive Group, Right Management, Rogers, Morris & Ziegler LLP; Seawood Builders, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Classic Casino, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood FL, SIXT rent a car, South Florida Business Journal, Stiles Corporation, Structural Wood Systems, Summit Advertising, The Kitchenworks, Walter Duke + Partners and WSVN Channel 7.

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 low to very low-income families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. 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

New VP at Habitat for Humanity of Broward

Habitat for Humanity of Broward proudly announces Justine Morgan as its new VP of Strategic Capital and Community Relations.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward proudly announces Justine Morgan as its new VP of Strategic Capital and Community Relations
Justine Morgan , VP of Strategic Capital and Community Relations

Morgan brings to Habitat Broward foundational knowledge about home lending, loan underwriting and mortgage structure as well as a deep in-depth understanding of Broward County’s philanthropic muscle and nonprofit expertise. She is a member of Arc Broward’s Business Advisory Council and Canine Assisted Therapies Advisory Council.

“We are building the A-team required to lead our community through the affordable workplace housing crisis,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “Justine will develop the private and public partnerships crucial to the economic empowerment hard-working families achieve through home ownership.”

Prior to Habitat Broward, Morgan served as Charitable Funds Director at the Community Foundation of Broward where she led client relations to achieve the philanthropic goals of high-net-worth individuals, families, private sector organizations, civic groups, and community leaders.

Morgan also has extensive experience in loan origination, underwriting and compliance. While at Wells Fargo and WCS Lending, Morgan helped struggling families navigate financial difficulty through loan modifications. A Florida native, Morgan graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and 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 low-income families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. 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 Community Relations and Events Manager

Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently appointed a new Community Relations and Events Manager, Lisa Rahman.

“Habitat Broward is dedicated to hiring only the very best,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “That is exactly what we have with Lisa. As Community Relations and Events Manager, Lisa will foster the community partnerships critical to the growth of affordable workforce housing.”

Rahman is a visionary and strategic non-profit leader with executive leadership, fundraising and strategic planning skills.

Prior to coming to Habitat Broward, Rahman worked her way up from Director of Administration to CEO, over the course of 10 years, at the non-profit Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward. She has also held other top-level positions such as Vice President of Branch Operations and Business Development at TD Bank in Palm Beach County (2006 to 2010) and Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communication and Retail Consumer Card at JP Morgan Chase in Ney York City (1992-2001).

She gained her Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Psychology at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and her Master of Business Administration at Adelphi University in Garden City New York.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Dedicates Three Homes in The Historic District of Miramar

by Trena Brae

Three Broward families attended the dedication of their forever home on Saturday, November 21, thanks to a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity of Broward and the City of Miramar.

The partnership is part of a six-home affordable housing development created to provide safe, decent new homes to low-income working families in need of affordable housing.

City of Miramar Mayor, Wayne M. Messam, congratulated the families and thanked the sponsors and Habitat Broward.

“Habitat for Humanity is helping Miramar in a big way by providing beautiful homes for residents addressing our city’s affordable needs, ” said Messam.

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“This is the result of so much hard work and heart,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO and Executive Director. “I’m immensely proud of each and every one of our families for making today happen, and so very thankful to the City of Miramar for donating the land and to all our sponsors, and volunteers, who made the completion of these homes possible.”

When COVID-19 forced Habitat Broward to cancel its volunteer workforce, Robin and her staff made the decision to hire skilled subcontractors for plumbing, electric and carpentry, all under strict COVID-19 safety guidelines. As a result, the homes were completed this year to make sure families who had worked throughout the year to achieve their dream of homeownership would see that dream come true.

New Habitat homeowners Gerald and Kathiana Charles worked multiple jobs while completing the Habitat program to provide a home for their family. Gerald Charles works as a bus driver and as a security guard and Kathiana Charles is a cake decorator while attending college to further her career.

“Thanks to Habitat and its partners, we are finally moving into the house of our dreams,” said Kathiana Charles.

Through Habitat, hardworking families can obtain a modest home with a mortgage kept to 30 percent of household income. To do this they must first give 300 hours of sweat equity to build their homes and the homes of their neighbors, attend a year of homeownership classes and make a small down payment. Families are selected based on an online application, credit and background check, and evidence of their need for safe housing. The Habitat homeownership application can be found online at habitatbroward.org.

This project was also supported by Family Home sponsors Burdette Beckmann, Inc. and Robert Taylor, Jr., and Sunbeam Television/WSVN Channel 7. House Foundation sponsors included Publix Supermarkets Charities and TIAA Bank; and Blueprint Sponsors, HG Charitable Foundation, Gore Family Memorial Foundation, Holman Automotive, Wells Fargo Foundation and Sunshine Health.

Additionally, you can show your support to Habitat Broward on Giving Tuesday, a nationwide day of giving back, to help local, deserving families build strength, stability and self-reliance though homeownership. Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar now through December 1.