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Habitat Broward Receives $30,000 Grant from Truist Foundation

CONTACT:
Thor Barraclough, Habitat for Humanity of Broward, (954) 396-3030, ext. 209, Thor@habitatbroward.org Trena Brae, Bitner Group, (954) 714-7893, trena@bitnergroup.com

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 9, 2021) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward has received a $30,000 grant from Truist Foundation to support its NW 27th Avenue Project, a bold initiative to build affordable housing and revitalize a historic Pompano Beach community.

“We are so honored and grateful to receive this Truist Foundation grant to support this revitalization project within the NW 27th Avenue corridor,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO and executive director. “This project within a priority redevelopment area offers critical opportunities for first-time homeownership for families while boosting area economic growth.”

Empty lots within the Collier City area have been linked to increased blight, crime and civic disengagement. Habitat Broward will partner with the City of Pompano Beach to build 12 new homes, increase street lighting and improve McNair Park. In conjunction, Broward County will add an attractive new Broward Sherriff’s Office substation to the area. These elements will encourage revitalization, reduce opportunities for crime and create the community stability that comes with single-family home development.

“At Truist our purpose is to inspire and build better lives and communities, and expanding affordable housing is a big part of that,” said Tony Coley, South Florida regional president for Truist on behalf of the Truist Foundation. “I’m proud of our continued partnership with Habitat for Humanity and aligning our missions to support local families.”

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 Truist Foundation

The Truist Foundation is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE: TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. The Truist Foundation’s grants and activities focus on leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Learn more at Truist.com/Purpose/Truist-Foundation.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Board Member Melanie Dickinson

CONTACT:
Thor Barraclough, Habitat for Humanity of Broward, (954) 396-3030, ext. 209, Thor@habitatbroward.org Trena Brae, Bitner Group,(954) 714-7893, trena@bitnergroup.com

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Board Member
Melanie Dickinson

Melanie Dickinson

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (July 30, 2021) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward has appointed Melanie Dickinson to its board of directors.

Dickinson is the President & Publisher of the South Florida Business Journal and has led the transformation of the publication from a traditional weekly print newspaper to a digital-first media giant. The product overhaul has resulted in double-digit increases in viewership and website engagement with the Business Journal audience and propelled the publication to the top of the nation’s 43 Business Journals around the county.

“I am so excited to welcome Melanie to our board,” said Habitat Broward CEO and Executive Director, Nancy Robin. “Her unique talents and experience make her just the kind of leader to fuel Habitat’s mission to empower even more Broward residents through home ownership.”

As a Journalism graduate of the University of Maryland she started her career with the Washington Journalism Review. Born in Philadelphia and raised in South Florida, her next journalism position was with the Miami Herald. In 1997, Dickinson joined the Philadelphia Business Journal, part of the American City Business Journal network. After six years, she was named advertising director and later publisher of the company’s Birmingham Business Journal. She then returned home to Florida in 2008 to lead the South Florida Business Journal.

Additionally, Dickinson passion for recognizing and elevating the achievements of women in business led to her pioneering the Women’s Leadership Group. This invitation-only women’s membership organization allows CEOs, presidents, and business owners the opportunity to share their successes, challenges, and ideas with other women in a supportive and confidential setting. Now in its fifth year, the group’s members include some of the region’s most impactful disrupters and true captains of industry.

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.

Closings, Collaboration, & Surprises!

 

CONGRATS ON CLOSING!

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There’s nothing like holding the keys to your first home. They’re the keys to better health, further education, generational wealth, and economic independence. Watch this short thank you from Lauren, one of the happy homeowners who recently closed on her new home.

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SPONSORSHIP SURPRISE

Sponsorship Surprise
Robert Taylor, Jr., CEO of Burdette Beckmann Inc. (BBi) and Rob Pacienza, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church asked us to meet them at A Rick Case Habitat Community last week for a site visit and photo opportunity. The two, however, had a surprise announcement for us as well. Watch the exciting announcement in the short video below.

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COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

Community Collaboration

Thanks to a new Habitat Broward and Boys & Girls Club of Broward County collaboration, a group of students have started work to help a local Vietnam War veteran get back home after his historic home was damaged by fire.

The local teens are participating in the new Building Futures program that provides them with hands-on experience in high demand construction trades while helping the community.

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HELP OTHERS GET HOME

Help Others Get Home

If you know someone in need of safe, affordable workforce housing please share this amazing opportunity!

Habitat Broward’s homeownership program is accepting applications now through July 30th. Download the printable flyer or visit our website for details on eligibility and how to apply.


Want to learn more about how to dig in, get dirty, and lift others up?
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Seven Families Earn Keys To Their New Homes In Pompano Beach From Habitat For Humanity Of Broward

POMPANO BEACH, FL – 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.

‘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. (June 22, 2021) – 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” to 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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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Thor Barraclough, Habitat for Humanity of Broward, (954) 396-3030, ext. 209, Thor@habitatbroward.org
Valerie Zucker, Zucker Lewis Media, (305) 321.7556, Valerie@ZuckerLewis.com
Trena Brae, Bitner Group, (954) 714-7893, trena@bitnergroup.com

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.

“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.

Media Alert

Habitat for Humanity of Broward To Host 2nd Annual CEO Build
in Pompano Beach

WHAT: Habitat for Humanity of Broward will be hosting its 2nd annual CEO Build, led by co-chairs Brent Burns, President and CEO of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and Keith Koenig, CEO of City Furniture at “A Rick Case Habitat Community” in Pompano Beach.

Special precautions will be in place on the build site, as safety will remain the number one priority.

The pandemic has made us even more aware of the need for safe, quality housing, especially for low-income families. The demand for affordable housing has never been greater. Local CEOs will roll up their sleeves and work side by side to be part of the solution.

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. This is the only way these families can afford decent housing, and it changes their lives.

In addition to construction, the event will include an exclusive networking opportunity, continental breakfast, and lunch.

WHEN: Saturday, May 15 at 7 a.m.

WHERE:1400 NW 6th Avenue
Pompano Beach, Florida 33060

MEDIA:Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 14 to trena@bitnergroup.com.

Habitat Broward and FIU Study Examines Homeownership Impact

FORT LAUDERDALE (April 6, 2021) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward has partnered with Florida International University (FIU) to conduct Broward’s first-ever homeownership impact study.

Researchers at the Jorge Pérez Metropolitan Center at FIU (FIU/MC) will conduct a study that will examine the quality of life, educational, health, and economic impacts of homeownership on Broward families. The study will also undertake extensive geo-coding to assess the effect homeownership has on wider community livability.

“The Jorge Pérez Metropolitan Center at FIU is the leading urban “think tank” in South Florida,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat Broward. “We’re proud to have such a respected partner in applied research really peel back the onion on how homeownership impacts families and the wider community.”    

Fueled by a generous $50,000 grant from the Rogers Family Foundation, the study will use digital, phone, and door-to-door interviews of hundreds of Habitat homeowners to uncover data. The study will examine new homeowners right through to families who have owned their own homes for decades. 

Broward requires an ever-more sophisticated approach to its affordable housing crisis if it is to use its resources wisely and develop comprehensive solutions to the challenge. “This study will provide us with a roadmap of what’s working and what we can improve,” said Robin.

“We are proud to work with Habitat Broward to help illuminate the great work our nonprofit partners are doing to address one of the most pressing issues impacting our communities,” said Dr. Maria Ilcheva, Assistant Director of the FIU/MC. “We know stable housing, employment opportunities, education, and health care are important factors for economic mobility. Through its homeownership program, Habitat is improving not only the lives of homeowners but future generations.”

To date, Habitat Broward has empowered hundreds of families to move out of substandard housing into an affordable home of their own. Beyond building bricks and mortar, Habitat Broward changes the trajectory of families’ lives, transforms underserved communities, and strengthens the economy through financial empowerment.

 

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” from 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.

 

Habitat Broward and FIU Study Examines Homeownership Impact

FORT LAUDERDALE (April 6, 2021) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward has partnered with Florida International University (FIU) to conduct Broward’s first-ever homeownership impact study.
Researchers at the Jorge Pérez Metropolitan Center at FIU (FIU/MC) will conduct a study that will examine the quality of life, educational, health, and economic impacts of homeownership on Broward families. The study will also undertake extensive geo-coding to assess the effect homeownership has on wider community livability.
“The Jorge Pérez Metropolitan Center at FIU is the leading urban “think tank” in South Florida,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat Broward. “We’re proud to have such a respected partner in applied research really peel back the onion on how homeownership impacts families and the wider community.”
Fueled by a generous $50,000 grant from the Rogers Family Foundation, the study will use digital, phone, and door-to-door interviews of hundreds of Habitat homeowners to uncover data. The study will examine new homeowners right through to families who have owned their own homes for decades.
Broward requires an ever-more sophisticated approach to its affordable housing crisis if it is to use its resources wisely and develop comprehensive solutions to the challenge. “This study will provide us with a roadmap of what’s working and what we can improve,” said Robin.
“We are proud to work with Habitat Broward to help illuminate the great work our nonprofit partners are doing to address one of the most pressing issues impacting our communities,” said Dr. Maria Ilcheva, Assistant Director of the FIU/MC. “We know stable housing, employment opportunities, education, and health care are important factors for economic mobility. Through its homeownership program, Habitat is improving not only the lives of homeowners but future generations.”
To date, Habitat Broward has empowered hundreds of families to move out of substandard housing into an affordable home of their own. Beyond building bricks and mortar, Habitat Broward changes the trajectory of families’ lives, transforms underserved communities, and strengthens the economy through financial empowerment.

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” from 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.

Local schoolteacher receives keys to new Habitat home in Pompano Beach

POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida schoolteacher and her family made a major move into their new home sweet home, thanks to their tireless efforts and Habitat for Humanity of Broward County.