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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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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