Cost of Home Campaign Draws Attention to Crisis
A safe home. Nutritious food. Health care. Access to good schools. Reliable transportation. Which would you choose?
Habitat Broward has joined over 220 affiliates across the country to launch a new national advocacy campaign to move affordable housing to the top of our local, state and national agendas. The Cost of Home campaign is aimed to improve home affordability for 10 million people in the U.S. over the next five years. We will be coordinating local efforts to ensure that hardworking families in Broward have a decent place to live.
One in six U.S. families is forced to make choices about rent VS food every day, often paying more than half of its income on rent or a mortgage. According to the Broward County Affordable Housing Needs Assessment of 2018, in Broward County the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $1,902 per month with more than 30 percent of renters spending more than half their income on rent. The stability that housing should bring continues to remain out of reach for many people.
That’s why we’re committed to mobilizing our partners, volunteers and community members to find solutions and help create policies that will increase access to affordable housing for Broward County residents as part of a new campaign: Cost of Home.
To learn more about what you can do email Marcia Berry-Smith, Director of Program Services and Advocacy.
Habitat Broward champion and friend, Bob Leider, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, just days before he was planning to celebrate the historic home dedication he helped make happen. Bob was a tremendous force in our history—an eternal optimist—passionate about Habitat and eager to take on challenges and ambitious goals.
Bob joined our Board of Directors in 1996. He became its chair in 2001 and was re-elected to serve three consecutive terms. He was then appointed to the Development Committee which he ultimately chaired through June 2017. Bob served as Habitat Broward’s interim Executive Director from February through May of 2016 when the board needed time to search for new leadership. He dealt with everything from construction to fund development. During his tenure as Executive Director, he and his “side-kick” Nancy Daly secured $1.5 million for A Rick Case Habitat Community infrastructure, enabling us to move forward on the project.
Bob has been a faithful personal donor to Habitat for the last 20 years, as well as a volunteer on the job sites. He could be found trussing roofs, nailing fir strips and painting. Bob was always eager to roll his sleeves up and get the job done.
Bob attempted retirement a few years back, only to be recruited back to WSVN Channel 7 as the Executive VP and General Manager before finally retiring last year. Bob was part business manager, part relationship manager, part volunteer, and all humanitarian. We know he was immensely proud of the work being done at Habitat.
We will miss you, Bob. Words cannot express how grateful we are to you for your devotion to Habitat and to these wonderful families.
Check out Bob’s feature on WSVN here, and photos of our beloved friend.
Source: Sunburn – The morning read on what’s hot in Florida politics | Author: Peter Schorsch | Date published: June 27, 2019
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“DeSantis signs two bills that USF supporting veterans” via WFSU — At an event at the University of South Florida Office of Veteran Success, DeSantis signed a pair of bills that drew unanimous support from both the House and Senate during this year’s legislative session. House Bill 501 allows the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs to contract with a state university or Florida College System institution to provide the following alternative treatment options: accelerated resolution therapy; equine therapy; hyperbaric oxygen therapy; music therapy; and service animal training therapy. The second bill, House Bill 471, designates an Honor and Remembrance flag for the state. The governor said the flag allows people to pay respects to fallen service members.
“Governor backs treatment options for veterans” via the News Service of Florida — A series of alternative treatment options could soon be available to U.S. military veterans with traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder, under a law signed by DeSantis. The measure, which drew unanimous support from the House and Senate during this year’s Legislative Session, will allow the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs to contract with a state university or Florida College System institution to provide the following alternative treatment options: accelerated resolution therapy; equine therapy; hyperbaric oxygen therapy; music therapy; and service animal training therapy. DeSantis, who served in the Navy, said he’s long supported alternative-treatment concepts, such as training dogs to work with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“DeSantis OKs legislative crackdown on human trafficking” via Ryan Nicol of Florida Politics — DeSantis has signed legislation aiming to curb human trafficking in the state by increasing training of law enforcement and hospitality workers, as well as setting up a database of pimps and individuals who solicit prostitutes. “This law sends a powerful message to traffickers and pimps: The State of Florida is CLOSED for business,” said Sen. Lauren Book, who authored the Senate version of the legislation (SB 540). “When we curb the demand for the illegal sale and purchase of sex, we also curb the profitability of human trafficking — and take a stand against the enslavement of men, women and children in communities across our state.”
“Ron DeSantis approves statewide expansion of needle exchange program” via Florida Politics —DeSantis has signed into law a measure allowing statewide expansion of a Miami-Dade County needle exchange program. The legislation (SB 366), however, does not mandate the program be expanded. Each county will decide on its own whether to adopt a version of the program similar to the one adopted in Miami-Dade in 2016. Democratic state Sen. Oscar Braynon II filed the bill that was eventually approved by both chambers.
“Final bills from 2019 Session go to DeSantis” via the News Service of Florida — The last of the 194 bills approved by the House and Senate this year landed on DeSantis’ desk. While DeSantis has acted quickly on most bills, he has until July 11 to sign, veto or let each of the 21 measures DeSantis received become law without his signature. Among the final bills to reach the Governor were a proposal to require out-of-state health care providers to pay application and renewal fees to provide telehealth services (HB 7067) and a plan to restrict the formation and continuation of community redevelopment agencies (HB 9). As of Wednesday afternoon, DeSantis had signed 162 bills into law and vetoed two.
“DeSantis says Florida is working on a plan to remove pythons from the Everglades” via Karl Fortier of Fox 4 — DeSantis isn’t shy about how he feels about the invasive Burmese pythons that are decimating wildlife populations in the Glades. “I hate these pythons,” he said. “We’re spending all this money to revive the Everglades, and we’re just going to let these big pythons eat everything? We don’t want to do that.” Python hunters have had success finding and removing pythons by using radio trackers implanted on male pythons to lead the hunters to breeding females and other males.
Assignment editors — DeSantis will deliver remarks and dedicate the first seven of more than 70 Habitat for Humanity of Broward homes at the A Rick Case Habitat Community, 2 p.m., 1400 NW. 6th Ave., Pompano Beach.
The saying “busy as bees” comes to mind as Phase II in A Rick Case Habitat Community springs to life and families complete the journey to homeownership. The first seven homes will be ready for all families by the end of June! This means seven incredibly hard-working, committed families who meet their obligations of sweat equity, year-long homeownership classes and home down payments will soon become first-time homeowners.
The following are the seven Family Home Sponsors who have made this momentous occasion possible:
Family Home Sponsors
Burdette Beckmann, Inc
and the Robert Taylor Family
Rick Case Automotive Group
Robert L. Elmore Estate
WSVN Channel 7
House Foundation Sponsor
Bank of America
Josephine S. Leiser Foundation
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
The Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the
Community Foundation of Broward
City of Pompano Beach
Dear Sadowski Coalition and Sadowski Affiliates:
The Sadowski Coalition hand delivered our letter requesting a line-item veto of the $125 million sweep of housing trust funds to the Governor’s office on Friday, May 10.
Since that time, six newspapers have Editorialized- agreeing that the Governor should line item veto the sweep – Gainesville Sun, Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, St. Augustine Record, Tampa Bay Times, and TC Palm. In addition to these, we received a terrific Editorial from the Palm Beach Post.
The Governor will be receiving the budget shortly and will then decide what line items to veto before signing into law.
Now is the time to make a request to the Governor to line-item veto the sweep of the Housing Trust Funds to general revenue.
To be clear, we are NOT asking the Governor to sweep any monies going to the Panhandle/Hurricane Michael help.
Below is sample language you can use: Ron.DeSantis@eog.myflorida.com
Dear Governor DeSantis:
Thank you so much for your support of using all the Sadowski state and local housing trust funds to help Florida’s working families, as well as the elderly and persons with disabilities living on fixed incomes. I am writing to respectfully ask that you line item veto the Legislature’s sweep of Sadowski Trust funds.
A line item veto from you would:
- Send a message to the legislature that there is no point in sweeping the Sadowski trust funds to general revenue- as you will veto the sweep; and
- Leave those funds ($125 million) in the Sadowski trust funds for appropriation next year.
Governor DeSantis, you have distinguished yourself as a leader on this issue. We need you to put a stop to the tradition of sweeping the trust funds by using your line-item veto authority to help us out of the housing crisis in Florida.
For the past five years, the ReStore has been receiving consistent material donations from Resource 4 Floors. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale since 1980, Resource 4 Floors is a single source for sustainable floor covering for the corporate market. Procuring and installing environmentally friendly flooring is their business and with hospitals and universities as clients, they have become experts their field. The ReStore is incredibly grateful for the donations from Resource 4 Floors which help provide affordable housing to hard-working families in Broward County. If you are a contractor, architect or company in need of commercial flooring, please consider this great source for your next building project.
Last month, Habitat Broward held its last of three women day builds to empower women to address the affordable housing crisis in our community. Collectively, over 330 women (and men!) worked side by side to build modest, energy-efficient homes in A Rick Case Habitat Community. The Community will be the first of its kind in Broward County and will have 77 homes in Pompano Beach. The first 12 homes are nearing completion, 10 of which are Women Build homes!
Women Build home sponsors include: Bank of America, City Furniture, Community Foundation of Broward, Josephine S. Leiser Foundation, Rick Case Automotive, Robert Elmore Estate, Robert Taylor, Jr., Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, TIAA Bank, Wadsworth Foundation, and WSVN.
The three events were fundraisers and friend-raisers and were co-chaired by Habitat board members, Nancy Daly and Raquel Case of Rick Case Automotive Group. A very special thanks to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, City Furniture, and Rick Case Automotive Group for graciously hosting the lunch, tent, and DJ for the events.
We need your help!
Habitat Broward’s Y.E.P. Youth Empowerment Program is working with United Way of Broward County to help collect essential items for chronically homeless people to be placed in apartments. United Way of Broward County is helping ensure these individuals receive the mental health and medical services they need to remain off the streets.
You can support Project Shoebox by donating basic supplies to help with daily personal needs, such as:
- Travel-size shampoo
- Travel-size soap
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Travel-size lotion
- Hair comb/brush
- Lip balm
- Adhesive bandages
- Hand towels
- Antibiotic ointments
- Pany liners
- Travel-size water bottles
- Rain ponchos
- Resealable zipper storage bags
- Prepaid phone cards
Make it fun! Decorate a shoebox with your favorite stickers, colors, and accessories to help provide essential living supplies to a man, woman, child, or family in need. We cannot accept medicine, food, sewing kits, used, or opened items.
Please drop off shoeboxes or any of the supplies listed above at the Habitat Broward ReStore (505 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312).
For more information on Project Shoebox, please visit the United Way Broward website and learn how you can make an impact on families in need.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach (1400 NW 6th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL.)
Women Build is Habitat for Humanity’s initiative to empower women to address the affordable housing crisis in our community. The event is a fundraiser and friend-raiser for Habitat for Humanity of Broward. Funds are needed to meet costs to build modest, energy-efficient, 1200-1280 square foot homes in the Rick Case Habitat Community. The Community will be the first of its kind in Broward County and will have 77 homes consisting of 42 one-story homes and 35 two-story homes. There will be 5 different models with 3-4 bedrooms.
Habitat for Humanity of Broward, celebrating 35 years of service to our community, will partner with over 110 top executives and women employees from Broward County companies including Rick Case Automotive Group, Stiles Corporation, Bank of America, Miller Construction, Wells Fargo and the Wadsworth Family Foundation.
Women Build is co-chaired by Nancy Daly, former board member and longtime Habitat advocate, and Raquel Case of Rick Case Automotive Group. The Sponsor for the final Women Build this year is Rick Case Automotive Group. Lunch and our DJ are courtesy of their generosity.
The Case family have been longtime supporters of Habitat Broward starting in 2004 and joined the Women Build event in 2010. “A Rick Case Habitat Community; is the largest single-family affordable homeownership community undertaken by a nonprofit in Broward County to date,” shared Nancy Robin, CEO.
Broward is among the most cost-burdened housing markets in the nation. Habitat serves those earning 30% to 80% of the area median income. These are hard-working grocery clerks, healthcare workers, public safety personnel and even teachers whose rental costs consume more than 50% of their monthly income.
For more information on the Women Build event, the Rick Case Habitat Community or Habitat Broward, please contact Robyn Harper Habitat for Humanity of Broward at (954) 396-3030 ext. 228. For additional information, please visit Habitat Broward’s website at www.habitatbroward.org.