This Earth Day We Thank You for Helping Habitat Broward Go Green

Habitat Broward has a long history of building sustainable, energy-efficient (green) homes that are not only better for the environment, but reduce utility and maintenance costs for Habitat homeowners.

What makes our houses good for the environment? Sustainable building encompasses a wide range of areas, such as energy conservation, water efficiency, CO2 emission reduction and indoor air quality. Here are a few of the “green” features that are incorporated into Habitat Broward’s homes:

• Smaller, compact and efficiently-designed homes (1,280 sq. ft. under air is typical size) reduce the carbon footprint while maximizing function
• Energy-efficient HVAC systems
• A/C ducts inside air conditioned space
• More energy-efficient insulation in the attic
• Extended roof overhangs for improved cooling and heating
• Programmable thermostats
• Impact-resistant windows with a low e-coefficient to reduce heat load on interior of homes
• Energy Star rated appliances and ceiling fans
• Low-flow toilets and shower heads
• Rain water capture in well-designed retention areas and swales
• Drought-tolerant shrubs and trees that are native to Florida

Habitat Broward builds to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design) building standards set by the US Green Building Council. Additionally, our practice of building in clusters of homes (typically four or more) increases the efficient use of materials.

Lastly, a big component of sustainable building is the education Habitat Broward provides all future homeowners on the proper care and maintenance of the home. As a result, the homes’ systems and materials work more efficiently and last longer, the yards stay greener and more attractive and the homes are healthier for occupants.

Giving to the Habitat ReStore Is Good for the Environment and Creates a Sustainable Source of Support for the Mission

The American Institute of Architects estimates that anywhere between 25 to 40 percent of the waste produced by the U.S. is building-related waste. That equates to 164 million tons a year. Construction & demolition debris, including tile, cabinetry, windows, doors, hurricane shutters, etc.), in Florida represent nearly 1/3 of the solid waste collected and recycled (2016 State of Florida Solid Waste Annual Report).

• With the exception of Miami-Dade, Broward County generates more collected solid waste than any other Florida county.
• Habitat ReStore diverts reusable goods from entering the solid waste stream by providing a discount retail outlet for their donation and re-sale to the public.
• Habitat ReStore reduces the need for recycling, which has been shown to produce thermal gases and other harmful products.
• ReStore creates a sustainable source of revenue to support the mission, thereby turning donations and purchase of home furnishings and building materials into an ongoing source of support for affordable housing.
• ReStores throughout the nation play a vital role in protecting the environment and are recognized for this contribution.

This Earth Day, help us promote donations to the Habitat ReStore to put home building materials and furnishings to good use. CLICK HERE to learn more and schedule your pick up!

Roosevelt Gardens Groundbreaking Ceremony

From Left to Right: Saily Perkins, 4Girls Foundation, Steve Joiner, Kiwanis Club of Fort Lauderdale Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward, Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO, Dale Holness, Broward County Commissioner, District 9, Robert Taylor, Jr., Habitat Broward Board Chair, BBi and the Taylor Family, Romney Rogers, Rogers Family Foundation, and Frank Perrone, Holman Automotive

Habitat for Humanity of Broward held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday to commemorate five homes for deserving families in the Roosevelt Gardens community of Broward. Dignitaries at the event included Broward County District 9 Commissioner Dale Holness, who thanked participants and sponsors for their commitment to make Broward better.

“Today we dedicate the ground upon which five future homeowners will build their homes in partnership with Habitat Broward, its generous sponsors, and its faithful volunteers. This groundbreaking marks the beginning of a new future for our homeowners, and an inspiring level of commitment by the philanthropic community which has made this day possible,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward.

Family Home Sponsors are: Burdette Beckmann Inc., Publix Super Markets Charities, and the Rogers Family Foundation. Other sponsors include the Gore Family Memorial Foundation, HG Charitable Foundation, 4Girls Foundation, Holman Automotive, Homeownership for All, and the Kiwanis Club of Fort Lauderdale Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.

2017 Habitat Annual Report

From the CEO

“I am beyond excited to share this brief report with you, to note a few memorable events this past calendar year and to remind us all that our mission remains as inspiring and relevant as ever. Broward County continues to be among the most cost burdened housing markets in the nation. Too many service people upon which we all rely (caregivers, restaurant employees and cashiers, as examples) struggle to keep a roof overhead. That is why your support means so very much.” Nancy Robin, CEO Habitat for Humanity of Broward.

Click here to view the 2017 Habitat Annual  Report.

Advocate for The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act

The Florida Housing Coalition is advocating to include The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act in the next tax legislation that the U.S. Congress advances.  Both versions of the legislation include a fixed 4% credit and the Senate version (S. 548) includes a 50 percent increase in Housing Credit resources.

Our most immediate focus is the omnibus Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 spending legislation which is being negotiated right now and which must pass by March 23rd.

What Can You Do?
Reach out to members of the Florida Congressional delegation NOW. On the House side is outreach to Congressman Vern Buchanan and Congressman Carlos Curbelo. Outreach to Senator Nelson is also critical at this time, with the ask that they weigh in with Senator Schumer that including S. 548 in the omnibus should be a priority.

Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act Talking Points – March 2018

  • Thank you for preserving the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program (Housing Credit) and private activity bonds in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Certain provisions the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will significantly decrease private investment in the Housing Credit, resulting in less housing production and job creation. It is estimated that nationwide 235,000 affordable homes will be lost as a result over the next decade.
  • Florida currently has over 700,000 cost-burdened, low-income rental households in need of affordable housing.
  • Now that Congress has reaffirmed the Housing Credit’s role in the tax code, we ask that you advocate with leadership for including the provisions of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 1661 and S. 548) in any upcoming tax or budget legislation.

    House Members: We also urge you to ask Chairman Brady and Speaker Ryan to adopt the 50 percent increase in Housing Credit resources from the Senate companion bill (Cantwell-Hatch S. 548) in any omnibus spending bill.

    Senators: Please contact Senator Schumer to indicate that S. 548 should be a priority in the omnibus spending bill.

Contact Your Elected Officials: Proposed House Budget to Zero Out SHIP

Call to Action
Proposed House Budget to Zero out SHIP
No money at all for FY 2018-19, other than funding for hurricane recovery, has been allocated. SHIP (State Housing Initiative Partnership) dollars help Habitat make mortgages more affordable. Supported by the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund, the Florida House proposes eliminating these dollars and continuing to diminish housing resources….leaving a smaller allocation for hurricane relief only.

Florida House of Representatives

Email or call your representatives in the Florida House of Representatives. You can find your House members here.

 

Email:

Dear Representative ____________:

The residents of Broward County, including our workforce, our elderly and special needs populations, need affordable housing. Our employers and our economy need affordable housing. We thank our Senators for a budget that uses all the housing trust funds for housing; no sweeps.

We urge our House members to stop sweeping the housing trust fund monies and join the Senate in using all the housing funds for housing. Please help your constituents by speaking up in favor of using housing funds for housing – we are relying upon you.

 

Florida Senate

Email or call your Senator. You can find your Senator here.

 

Email:

Dear Senator ____________:

The residents of Broward County, including our workforce, our elderly and special needs populations, need affordable housing. Our employers and our economy need affordable housing. We thank our Senators for a budget that uses all the housing trust funds for housing; no sweeps.

We urge the Senate to hold firm to its position; we will encourage our House members to stop sweeping the housing trust fund monies and join the Senate in using all the housing funds for housing. Thank you for helping your constituents and the communities you serve by using the housing trust funds solely for housing.

Marcia Barry-Smith to be Honored as a Woman of Distinction

Barry-Smith (Right) with US House Representative Barrington Russell District 95

Congratulations to Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach/Program Services for being selected as a 2018 Woman of Distinction by the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce! Barry-Smith, one of ten honorees, is being recognized for her leadership in the community.

This recognition from the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce comes on the heels of the Inclusive Economic Opportunity Award that Barry-Smith received from the Broward County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) in October 2017. 

Highly regarded as an expert in community development around the nation, her nationally acclaimed program Homeless to Homeowner has placed hundreds of formerly homeless families into homeownership, empowering them to reach for independence and financial fitness.

Barry-Smith serves on numerous boards including the Broward County Housing Council and the Lauderhill Local Affordable Housing Committee. A Lauderhill resident, she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Toronto. 

Interested in attending the awards ceremony on March 2, 2018 to support Marcia? CLICK HERE to purchase tickets!

6th Annual Bike to Build Event

6th Annual Bike to Build Event

Pedals up! Join First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale for the sixth annual Habitat for Humanity Bike to Build event on February 17, 2018.

The route begins at the church (401 SE 15th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301) and heads east down Las Olas Boulevard. The 25-mile ride continues north on A1A, turning around at the Hillsboro Inlet. The 50-mile ride continues north, turning around at Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach. There will be a delicious post-ride brunch from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on the church campus.

All donations will be applied toward a homeownership in Broward County, fulfilling Habitat for Humanity’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

A minimum donation of $100 per person or $500 per team is required to participate.

ONLINE REGISTRATION
To register click here. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Kathy Craven at wrcrv@aol.com or (954) 593-0423.

 

 

Click here to download the brochure.

 

Habitat Broward Featured on WSVN

Source: WSVN | Published: December 18, 2017

“Cirque Dreams, Habitat for Humanity decorate 6 news houses for holidays”

South Florida homeowners received a special housewarming gift from Cirque Dreams performers and Habitat for Humanity.

Performers from the internationally-acclaimed show, Cirque Dreams, stopped by with a festive surprise for some Habitat for Humanity Broward homeowners, Monday.

 

Click here to view the full article and WSVN segment

Habitat Spotlight National Philanthropy Day: Robert Taylor Jr.

On National Philanthropy Day, we are pleased to honor our Chair, Robert Taylor Jr.  To-date Robert has helped Habitat Broward provide more than 400 hard-working low-income families with safe, affordable housing in South Florida and other U.S. cities.

Robert and his family-owned company, Burdette Beckman, Inc. have faithfully sponsored a Habitat home each year and are philanthropic leaders in Habitat’s newest community: A Rick Case Habitat Community. With a long history of community volunteerism and leadership in nonprofit organizations, Robert is also actively engaged with Sheridan House for Boys and Girls, First Priority and Hispanic Unity.

The Taylor family appreciates the role philanthropy plays in improving lives.

This Savannah, Georgia native has earned two bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Business from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. We are honored to have Robert serve as our Chair and our National Philanthropy day honoree.

 

Habitat Spotlight of the Month: Kelly Kolb

On Saturdays, Kelly Kolb can be found in his hard hat on our build sites, making the dream of homeownership come true for Habitat families. Kelly joined the Habitat Broward Board of Directors in 2015 and currently serves as first Vice Chair. Kelly also chairs the Legal Committee and is a shareholder and attorney with the law firm Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney.

Kelly represents management and executives in discrimination and retaliation cases, EEOC investigations, non-compete litigation, USDOL wage and hour audits, FLSA overtime lawsuits, ADA accessibility lawsuits, whistle blower lawsuits, workplace investigations, and unemployment claims.

 When asked, Kelly notes that his greatest professional accomplishment is having advised clients (early) on employment issues so that they have never faced a claim or lawsuit on those issues. He is also proud of the fact that his greatest personal accomplishment is that his wife, of 32 years,  is still his best friend, and his three daughters still give him hugs when he gets home at night.
 
When Kelly is not at work, chasing the kids or trussing a Habitat House, you can find him kayak fishing off the beach or listening to live music with his wife at any one of South Florida’s many music venues.