You Don’t Have to be in Washington D.C. To Participate in Habitat on the Hill!

Director of Community Outreach and Program Services, Marcia Barry-Smith and Director of Development & Marketing, Barbara Witte will go to Washington D.C.

This year, our very own Marcia Barry-Smith and Barbara Witte are in D.C. and you too can participate in Habitat on the Hill with our first Virtual Hill Day! We need you to advocate from afar in support of the Self-Help Opportunity Program (SHOP), which helps Habitat for Humanity acquire land, purchase foreclosed or abandoned properties and improve infrastructures, and the Home Investment Program (HOME), which provides funding for a range of affordable housing intitiatives!

Take Action via Email and Call Your Legislatures

Prepare your community of advocates for our Virtual Hill Day by sending out a quick email blast, providing background on the unique federal programs that support affordable housing in your community. Use our pre-populated email action form to communicate with your represenatives in Congress via email or phone call using the contact information below. When you introduce yourself to legislatures or staff members, be sure to mention that fellow advocates have traveled to the Hill from around the coutnry to advocate for affordable housing. By calling in, you are joining them!

Social Media Advocacy

You can utilize social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook to share posts that display your public support for increasing access to home affordability. Be sure to tag your members of Congress and post on their social media pages! Don’t forget to use the hashtags: #HabitatontheHill #VirtualHillDay #HomeAffordability 

Thank you for joining us. Welcome to the Hill!

Meet the Lyons Family: Future Homeowners of The Rick Case Community

The Lyons Family

Theodore and Airmeathea Lyons are the proud parents of three; Caleb – 9, Ethan – 7 and London – 1. Theo has worked as a plumber for the Broward County School Board for the last four years. With three young children, Airmeathea is focused on caring for her family and home. The lively family of five enjoy spending lots of time together playing sports, going to the movies or spending a relaxing day at the beach. As an active member of their church, Theo serves as the Youth Pastor for the Children and Fellowship Ministry at Christian Life Church.

“We moved to Florida from Chicago by faith, with no idea of where we’d stay,” says Theo. Currently, the family of five live in a crowded two-bedroom one-bath apartment. “Living in a small space with a big family like ours, is often a challenge, which is why we are so happy we found Habitat for Humanity,” Theo explains.

The determined couple has been actively working on their sweat equity hours, attending family workshops while Caleb and Ethan are active members of Habitat Broward’s Blueprints4Life Program.

“We want to show our children anything is possible, even in the bleakest of situations” says Airmeathea. With the money they will save from their zero percent interest mortgage, Theo will be able to focus on completing his Bachelors in Public Management at Florida Atlantic University, and Airmeathea can look forward to completing her Bachelors in Business Management.

Marketing Strategist behind Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday to Speak at Habitat Broward’s Home Dedication and MLK Celebration

Don Mizell, who helped Stevie Wonder develop the successful marketing strategy that led to the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, will help welcome five new families into their affordable homes at Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 2 p.m.

On this day which celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement, five Habitat Broward homes will be dedicated in the Roosevelt Gardens section of Fort Lauderdale (1390 NW 27 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311).

In addition to his strategic advisor role in helping establish the national holiday, Mizell, who hails from Broward County, was the author of Stevie Wonder’s 1981 speech which officially launched the campaign the day in Washington, D.C. leading to its creation as the first national holiday honoring an African American in American history.

Mizell captured the first NAACP Image Award for Broadcasting in 1981, for his efforts with the campaign. More recently, upon his return from several decades in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, Mizell spearheaded the successful effort to change the name of John U Lloyd State Park to Dr. Von D. Mizell- Eula Johnson State Park, the first State Park named for African Americans in Florida history.

Mizell is a native of Ft. Lauderdale where he attended Ruby Watson Kindergarten, Walker Elementary, Dillard Elementary, Wingate Junior High and Nova High, where he was elected President of the Student Body in 1966.

He was notably active in the music and entertainment industry for four decades. Among the artists he’s worked with include Wonder, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, DeBarge, Morris Day, Grover Washington and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

In 2005, Mizell received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year as a producer of Charles’ “Genius Loves Company,” which also garnered an all-time eight awards, sold over six million copies and was the biggest record of Charles’ storied career. He’s been involved with many artists’ albums which have sold over 15 million units worldwide over the last 30 years.

A graduate of Swarthmore College and the Harvard Law School, Mizell co-founded the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA), now in its 30th year with well over 500 members worldwide, and in 2001 he was awarded its coveted Founders Award.

“We are pleased to announce Don Mizell as our guest speaker on such a special occasion,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward’s CEO & Executive Director. “He paved the way for us to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and we greatly appreciate his contribution.”

 Habitat Broward’s celebration will also feature a special performance by the Dillard High School Drumline.

Family home sponsors include Burdette Beckmann, Inc. and the Robert Taylor Family; Publix Super Markets Charities; and the Rogers Family Foundation.

Other event sponsors are the 4Girls Foundation; Gore Family Memorial Foundation; HG Charitable Foundation; Holman Automotive Group; Homeownership For All; Kiwanis Club of Fort Lauderdale Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward; and the Catherine L. and Edward A. Lozick Foundation.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Receives 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

In December 2018, Habitat for Humanity of Broward was awarded the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for transparency, financial responsibility, and a proven commitment to accountability.

As the nonprofit sector continues to advance and develop, so do the interests and desires of supporters, who are constantly seeking greater accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities and organizations they choose to support. In the competitive philanthropic and nonprofit sector, Charity Navigator highlights and evaluates the work of efficient, ethical, financially responsible and open charities. As America’s premier charity evaluator, Charity Navigator intends to provide donors with essential information for increased confidence in the charitable decisions that they make within the nonprofit sector.

Habitat for Humanity of  Broward’s high rating from Charity Navigator highlights our commitment to ethical practices,  efficiency, and good governance. We strive to provide homes to families in need in a financially responsible manner. Charity Navigator evaluates ten times more charities than their nearest competitor and attracts more visitors to their website than all other charity groups combined. Our four star ranking for four consecutive years places us among the top 16 percent of charities in the United States.

2018 Report to Partners

There are charitable organizations where partnership is central to the mission. Habitat for Humanity is one of them. Our mission calls us to “bring people together.” The reason is simple. We build more than houses. We build homes, communities and hope. We build strength, stability and self-reliance.

In our 35 years, with your help, we have built homes and communities that have provided shelter and a decent place to live to 430 families and more than 1600 people in Broward, plus another 77 families and 300 people across the globe. Children go to local schools and build lifelong friends. Neighbors help neighbors. Parents return to school to advance their careers and students seek higher education and find their own path to self-reliance.

Click here to view the entire 2018 Report to Partners

‘Black Friday’ Sale Starts Early at Habitat Broward ReStore

WHAT: Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s ReStore is holding a weeklong “Black Friday” sale which will feature 25 percent off on all merchandise.

Habitat Broward ReStore is a non-profit, discount, retail outlet that sells reusable and surplus building materials, gently used furniture, appliances and more to the public at a fraction of their original price to support Habitat’s mission to build homes, communities and hope for low-income families in need of affordable housing.

WHEN: Monday, November 19 through Friday, November 24  |  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Habitat Broward ReStore 505 West Broward Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

 

We Encourage You to Vote “YES!” for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund

Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO (center) participates in panel at workshop presented by the Broward Housing Council, October 26, 2018 to discuss affordable housing strategies and solutions.

 

We hear a lot about the affordable housing crisis, but what does that really mean? At a recent workshop by the Broward Housing Council, it was defined by the numbers. In Broward, it means that 62% of our residents spend more than 30% of their monthly income on housing. 36% spend more than 50% of their income on housing. This leaves little else for healthy food, transportation, clothing and medical care. To see more statistics, click here.

 

Broward County has proposed the creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, to tackle the high cost of housing for our customer service personnel, health care workers, teachers and more who fall into the affordability gap. In fact, Broward has the largest affordability gap in the U.S. when we combine housing and transportation costs vs. income. The Affordable Housing Trust Fund will develop programs and solutions to close this gap and make housing more accessible to the workers and fellow residents upon whom we rely every day.

 

That is why Habitat votes “YES” for the Broward County Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

 

Hurricane Relief Initiative by Habitat Broward

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Hurricane Michael Relief: Putting God’s Love Into Action

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of Hurricane Michael. We are supporting relief efforts for these devastated families who now begin their journey down the road to recovery.  Together, we can help restore their lives and homes.

To send relief now

Below is a list of essential items that are needed. Please drop off your in-kind donations to the Broward Habitat ReStore, located at 505 West Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Note that only new items in their original sealed packaging can be accepted for safety reasons.

Items needed:

  • Personal hygiene items (soap, towelettes, feminine care)
  • Baby and adult diapers
  • Canned foods with pop-open tops
  • Peanut butter
  • Soup and soup mixes
  • Cleaning supplies

Drop off hours:  Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Beginning 10/15/18)

Location:  505 W. Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

All donors will receive a 15% off coupon to shop the Broward Habitat ReStore.

 

To help with a financial contribution

Habitat for Humanity is a U.S. and world leader in disaster response and recovery. To make a donation to support our work to restore families impacted by Hurricane Michael in Florida, please visit habitatbroward.org/donate  Select Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief in Gift Designation drop-down menu.

 

Your compassion will make a difference. We know many families will be counting on us to respond and to help them return to a place to call home. Thank you for your support.

For further information email info@habitatbroward.org

Habitat Broward Celebrates World Habitat Day

Habitat for Humanity of Broward celebrates World Habitat Day as 11 Families Stake Their Claim to lots in A Rick Case Habitat Community.

 

On this special occasion, 11 families in Habitat’s Homeownership program have staked their claim to the first lots in Habitat Broward’s newest community, A Rick Case Habitat Community. Seventy-seven homes will ultimately be built in A Rick Case Habitat Community, making it the largest development in Habitat Broward’s history. It will also feature a community park.

To celebrate the assignment of homes, homeowners were invited to place stakes on their newly formed house pads, in celebration of World Habitat Day 2018.

Present to witness this accomplishment were Nancy Robin (CEO), Marcia Barry-Smith (Director of Community Outreach and Program Services), Robert Taylor, Jr. (Board Chair) and other Board members.

“I watched a future homeowner reach down and fill her hands with a fistful of earth from what will become her family’s homestead, and I was touched to my core. This is so much more than building a house. It is the reason we do what we do,” offered Marcia Barry-Smith, Habitat Broward Director of Community Outreach and Program Services.

More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly took an important step to promote the idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live by declaring that the first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day.

On World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations and organizations around the world to raise awareness, educate, and mobilize individuals and communities to take action on the global housing crisis. Over 150 governments have agreed to the New Urban Agenda, a global framework highlighting the need for urban policies to emphasize housing, secure tenure to prevent arbitrary rent increases and eviction; and encourage community-led development.

Habitat Broward echoes the values of Habitat for Humanity International and affirms that every one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future.

“Seeing our homeowners atop the pads that will become the foundations for their new homes reminds us all of our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “Here in South Florida, we are working hard with our partners to make that happen.”

Click here to get more information and resources on joining Habitat’s recognition of World Habitat Day.

Note: High-res images can be downloaded, here: https://www.downtownphoto.us/downloads/995bef6d6095ab8c3418/11270453

Meet Cameron and Victoria: New Core Volunteers

How does someone become a Core Volunteer?

Just ask Cameron and Victoria, two of our newest Core members. Cam and Victoria were infected with Habititis during a Team Build day sponsored by Cam’s employer Broadspire. Now almost a year later, it is a rare Saturday when one or both of them are not on the construction site working alongside other volunteers to build homes for families in need.

“We love volunteering for Habitat! Nothing is more humbling than to work alongside the future homeowners as we build their future,” states Victoria. “Cam and I are blessed to be part of an amazing group of people we now lovingly call our Habitat family. We can’t imagine spending our Saturday mornings any other way.”

Thank you Cameron and Victoria for your continued dedication to our mission and for always serving with a smile in your heart. On behalf of everyone at Habitat Broward we want to wish you a big congratulations on your upcoming October wedding!