Women Build’s Habitat Love Featured on 7 News WSVN

Source: WSVN 7 News | Author: Gina Benitez | Published: February 10, 2019

Dozens of women rolled up their sleeves and got to work on a building blitz in Pompano Beach to help hardworking families reach their dream of homeownership, thanks to Habitat Broward.

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Women Build 2019 Kick Off Featured on Coral Springs Connection

Source: Coral Springs Connection | Author: CoralSpringsConnection | Published: January 13, 2019

Edna Demps-McKinney is looking forward to moving into her new home in Pompano Beach.

But before she becomes a homeowner, she has to build her home.

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Women Build 2019 Kick Off Featured on 7 News WSVN

Source: 7 News WSVN | Author: Robbin Simmons | Published: January 12, 2019

Talk about sweat equity.

Committed South Floridians, mostly women, were hard at work in Pompano Beach this weekend to build forever homes for families.

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Habitat for Humanity Featured on the Oprah Magazine

Source: The Oprah Magazine | Author: Molly Simms | Published: November 20, 2018

Like so many stories with happy endings, this one had a rough start.

How did one very large, very famous tree make one family very happy?

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Habitat for Humanity Featured on CBS News

Source: CBS News | Published: December 22, 2018


“Rockefeller Center Christmas trees get second life after the holidays”

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City is one of the nation’s most iconic symbols of Christmas.

But after the lights come down, the giant Norway spruce has a less-public second life.

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Habitat Spirit of Humanity Awards Featured on SunSentinel

Source: Sun Sentinel | Author: Krislyn Placide | Published: November 8, 2018

“Habitat Spirit of Humanity Awards celebrate philanthropy”

Habitat for Humanity celebrated 35 years of providing hands up to Broward County residents in need of housing during the annual Spirit of Humanity Awards at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 24

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Habitat for Humanity of Broward Breaks Ground on Its Largest Project

Source: Good News Florida
Published: July 2, 2018
Author: Shelly Pond

Habitat for Humanity of Broward celebrated the groundbreaking of “A Rick Case Habitat Community,” its largest project to date, on June 6 by recognizing the philanthropists behind it. The nine-acre site in Pompano Beach will feature 77 affordable homes and a publicly accessible park in the area of NW 15th St. and NW 6th Ave. near Blanche Ely High School and Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.

Considered to be among the largest of its kind in the nation, the $18 million project was lauded by Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson and Governor Rick Scott in March of 2017 as an exemplary effort to help low-income families become homeowners.

With the cost of land, construction and interest rates all rising and government funding being cut, there is a huge housing need in Broward County.

A March 2016 study by NYU Furman Center and Capital One found that the Miami metro market, which includes Broward County, was the least affordable rental market to the typical renter in the nation’s 11 largest metro markets studied.

Habitat Broward addresses this critical need by bringing every community sector together. Funds will be raised for this project through partnerships with corporations, foundations, government agencies, the faith community and generous individuals.

Ed Ansin, of Sunbeam Television/WSVN 7 and Rick and Rita Case, of Rick Case Automotive Group, have provided much of the initial funding for infrastructure, such as water, sewer, roads and electric. The Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward contributed a $1 million challenge grant, and a portion of the infrastructure work is being donated by the US Army Reserve 766 Engineer Company. The City of Pompano Beach is also helping together with other contributors.

“This is the biggest thing we’ve done and an incredible opportunity to put people in homes 77 at a time,” said Robert Taylor, Jr., Habitat Broward chairman of the board and president of Burdette Beckmann, Inc., who also contributed to the project.

Taylor recognized honorary board members Nancy A. Daly and Robert “Bob” Leider, vice president, WSVN-Channel 7, who had the vision to raise the funds to purchase the property where the community will be built. “We thank the people who led the way and were the trailblazers for this project. It’s no small task. It’s a beautiful thing to put a family in a home. It’s a whole other matter to put 77 people in homes and build a community,” said Taylor. “That’s what Habitat is about.”

Rita Case, of Rick Case Automotive, explained that Bob Leider approached them saying, “I have a vision for this property. It’s vacant land. It’s never been built on. I need someone to fund the infrastructure – the sewers, the roads, the permitting. And Rick and I said, ‘We’ve got to do this. This is our backyard. We lived in this zip code for 35 years, so we’re excited to be neighbors of the project as well. Our businesses and our children have been raised here and the community in Broward County has been great.’”

A longtime advocate for the Boys and Girls Club, Rita Case said she became familiar with Habitat for Humanity of Broward when invited to participate in a mother-daughter build with her daughter, Raquel. “As I got to understand the project, I realized this is a heartwarming opportunity to have a family deserving of their own residence to actually own it and raise their children there,” Case said.


Habitat’s start

The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian farming community founded in 1942 outside of Americus, Ga. Millard and Linda Fuller first visited Koinonia in 1965 to begin a new life of Christian service. They developed the concept of “partnership housing”—where those in need of adequate shelter would work side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.

Established locally in 1983, Habitat Broward and its community partners have since empowered 400 families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.

Nancy Robin, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity of Broward, explained it’s all about building community and hope. “We just dedicated seven homes in Washington Park. The families have all helped build each other’s homes and gone through a year of classes together… it’s beautiful to see them all in each other’s homes and celebrating together,” Robins said.

Families who qualify for Habitat homes are stable, hardworking families who dream of creating a better life for their children; however, they are unable to obtain conventional house financing. Their income is generally 40 to 80 percent of the area’s median income.


Prospective Habitat homeowners families must…

* Possess adequate income to cover utilities, maintenance, mortgage payments, taxes and insurance.

* Have monthly debt payments (including housing) below 43% of income.

* Show a record of paying bills on time.

* Have stable income for two years or more.

* Work a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity building homes.

* Attend mandatory homeownership classes on life skills such as budgeting, credit scores, financial literacy, home repair and maintenance.

* Be able to contribute $2,000 towards closing costs.

* Maintain property after the home is purchased, and

* Repay the purchase cost of the home in a timely manner.

Because Habitat houses are built using donations of land, material and labor, mortgage payments are kept affordable and homeowners receive the keys to their home with a no-interest mortgage.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Linda B. Carter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward, said, “The values of community, of giving a hand up and not a hand out, to allow people who need help the dignity, respect and pride of not feeling bad about getting help… that’s exactly what Mary N. Porter was all about… Our board of directors was proud to make one of the largest grants to this community from the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund.”

Home construction is expected to begin in late fall 2018 and will take about five years to complete. Sponsors are still being sought for individual homes within the community. For information, visit habitatbroward.org.

Link to Article: https://www.goodnewsfl.org/habitat-for-humanity-of-broward-breaks-ground-on-its-largest-project/

Habitat Broward featured on SFLCN

Source:  | Published: June 23rd, 2018

“Caribbean-American Elected Chair of the Broward Housing Council”

Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach and Program Services for Habitat for Humanity of Broward, has been elected Chair of the Broward Housing Council. 

“To be elected by the Council for this role is an honor. There are complex issues that must be addressed and my esteemed Council members and I will be looking closely at the many facets of the affordable housing crisis in Broward County,” said Barry-Smith.

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Habitat Broward Featured on Caribbean National Weekly

Source: Caribbean National Weekly | Published: June 14, 2018

“Habitat Broward’s Marcia Barry-Smith elected chair of the Broward Housing Council”

Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach and Program Services for Habitat for Humanity of Broward, has been elected Chair of the Broward Housing Council.

“To be elected for this role is an honor. There are complex issues that must be addressed, and my esteemed Council members and I will be looking closely at the many facets of the affordable housing crisis in Broward County,” said Barry-Smith.

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JM Family Enterprises Commemorates 50th Anniversary with $50,000 Donation to Habitat for Humanity of Broward

Source: South Florida Insider | Published: May 3, 2018
Link to Article: https://www.sflinsider.com

In recognition of its 50th Anniversary, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a $15.1 billion diversified automotive company based in Deerfield Beach, made a $50,000 contribution to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Broward.

“Words cannot express our thanks to JM Family Enterprises,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “From building homes, to building teams, leadership, families and communities, JM Family Enterprises has helped Habitat Broward transform countless lives. We feel blessed to be their partner.”

JM Family began partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Broward in 2002 and helped the local affiliate achieve Gold LEED green certification in 2011. Currently, JM Family Enterprises’ South Florida associates are collaborating with the nonprofit to build four homes for hard-working, low income families in Broward. Scheduled for completion later this month, these units will represent the 32nd through 35th homes JM Family has helped construct throughout Broward County.

Since 2002, JM Family associates in South Florida have committed nearly 23,000 volunteer hours to Habitat for Humanity of Broward. In addition, more than $2 million has been donated to the organization.

This most recent gift comes at a time when Broward is consistently ranked among the most cost burdened housing markets in the nation.

This remarkable local philanthropy is part of a broader charitable initiative by JM Family Enterprises, which has partnered with Habitat for Humanity across its business locations for nearly two decades.

“As the spirit of giving back was instilled by our founder Jim Moran and continues to be an integral part of our culture at JM Family, we are thrilled to celebrate this major milestone by supporting causes that are near to our hearts,” said Colin Brown, chairman and CEO of JM Family. “Beyond monetary support, we believe in showing our commitment to the local communities where our associates live and work by donating our time and talents to help those in need. Habitat for Humanity of Broward is doing important work and we have been honored to support their efforts to improve the lives of South Floridians for the past 16 years.”

About JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

JM Family Enterprises, Inc., founded by Jim Moran in 1968, is marking its milestone anniversary during 2018 with a 50 Years of Family celebration. Over the course of its 50-year history, JM Family has grown from a mere 11 associates into a $15.1 billion diversified automotive corporation with more than 4,200 associates and is currently ranked No. 20 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. It is also ranked No. 51 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®, its 20th consecutive year on the list.

Its primary subsidiaries include: Southeast Toyota Distributors, the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota vehicles; JM&A Group, one of the leading independent providers of finance and insurance (F&I) products in the automotive industry; World Omni Financial Corp., a diversified financial services company with subsidiaries Southeast Toyota Finance and DataScan; and JM Lexus. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla., JM Family has major U.S. operations in Jacksonville and Margate, Fla.; Commerce and Alpharetta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; and St. Louis, Mo. Interact with JM Family at Facebook.com/JMFamilyEnterprises.