Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Board Member Melanie Dickinson

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

Melanie Dickinson appointed to Habitat Broward Board of DirectorsDickinson 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.

Wells Fargo donates $15,000 to Habitat Broward to help Broward County families access affordable housing

Habitat for Humanity homeowner family

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (July 22, 2021) – Habitat Broward is one of more than 220 Habitat organizations awarded a grant from Wells Fargo as part of its nationwide initiative to help families unable to obtain conventional financing to become first-time homeowners.

“Wells Fargo understands the economic empowerment that comes with homeownership and is acting on this belief across the nation,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO and Executive Director. “Families like the Moreaus would not achieve the dream of homeownership without great corporate citizens like Wells Fargo and we can’t thank them enough.”

Wells Fargo’s $15,000 grant to Habitat Broward will help provide the Moreaus, a hard-working family of seven, with a home of their own in A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach.

Claude and Osseline Moreau have struggled to find an affordable apartment in Broward County that is spacious enough for their large family. As their children grow, the need for more living space and private space has grown as well. When Habitat Broward’s homeownership program opened the application process, they knew they had to apply. Their hope has always been to provide a safe and healthy environment for their children.

The grant is part of a $7.75 million donation Wells Fargo is making to Habitat for Humanity International through Wells Fargo Builds, an initiative that provides philanthropic financial support and volunteerism to create sustainable affordable housing. More than 340 homes will be constructed or repaired with Habitat in over 40 states through the initiative this year. Wells Fargo Builds is part of Wells Fargo’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.


Habitat Broward and Wells Fargo Team Up to Build Affordable Housing

FORT LAUDERDALE (August 17, 2020) –  The Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded Habitat Broward a $45,000 grant to help build affordable homes, one in Miramar and two in Pompano Beach.

The funding is part of a $8.1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International for capacity building and direct mission support to build, renovate and repair more than 350 affordable homes across the United States. The grant is provided through Wells Fargo Builds℠ and is part of the Wells Fargo Foundation’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.

“We’ve had a rich history of working with Habitat Broward to strengthen our neighborhoods through philanthropy and volunteerism,” said Komi Agbodji, Wells Fargo Southeast Florida District Manager. “Safe and stable housing enables people to build upon the rest of their life and, together, we can shift the narrative to help others understand that housing affordability is both an economic and humanitarian crisis that’s taking a toll on millions of people.”

The Wells Fargo Foundation-supported Miramar house is already underway and will become a home for a family of three, headed by a working mother currently an essential worker on the frontline of the COVID pandemic in the field of nursing.

Wells Fargo Builds, provides philanthropic financial assistance from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support the construction, renovation, painting or repairing of homes with low-to-moderate income households. In 2019 alone, Wells Fargo employees volunteered more than 1.9 million hours of service to strengthen their communities, including building, repairing, and improving 674 homes across the U.S. with several organizations through Wells Fargo Builds.

“Wells Fargo has again demonstrated its commitment to strengthening the communities it shares,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “Wells Fargo continues to provide the rock-solid support Habitat Broward needs to transform countless lives through the economic empowerment of homeownership.”

The grant will also support the construction of two homes in The Rick Case Habitat Community located in Pompano Beach. When complete The Rick Case Habitat Community will be the largest affordable housing development of single-family homes in Broward’s history, providing 74 homes for hard-working low, income families.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward and Lowe’s unite women to spotlight need for safe and affordable housing through home builds and repairs during International Women Build Week

WHAT: Habitat for Humanity International, Lowe’s and approximately 6,000 women volunteers will unite in more than 235 communities in the United States, India and Canada for International Women Build Week from March 1-8 to highlight the global need for safe and affordable housing. A prelude to International Women’s Day, the global event aims to build and repair nearly 540 homes while raising awareness of housing issues facing women and their families.

Habitat and Lowe’s are providing the tools for women to empower and educate themselves on skills used when repairing and restoring homes. By using the hashtag #BuildHer to share inspirational stories, experiences and ways to positively impact communities, Habitat and Lowe’s are uniting women for a central goal of encouraging and building each other up.

Lowes employees, elected officials and volunteers from Christ Church Fort Lauderdale are invited to join with Habitat Broward at A Rick Case Habitat Community, Habitat’s 77 home build in Pompano Beach to celebrate International Women Build Week. The Project will impact single mothers like Taryn Reis who is a new Habitat Homeowner in A Rick Case Habitat Community. Prior to moving into their Habitat home, Reis and three of her four children resided in a small two-bedroom apartment.

Reis is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Supervision & Management with a concentration in Project Management at Palm Beach State College. She worked on her home and helped build the homes around her, putting more than 300 hours of sweat equity into her new community. Now, she has an affordable mortgage and a home she and her children can call their own.

WHEN: Saturday, March 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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

VISUAL: Media wishing to interview and/or obtain photos/b-roll please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6 to trena@bitnergroup.com.

DIRECTIONS: The nine-acre site is located at the SW corner of NW 15th St. and NW 6th Ave. adjacent to a high school and church.

Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach, Government Policy & Advocacy, Habitat Broward

Beverly Perkins, COPB Commissioner—invited

Patricia Williams, Florida State Representative – invited

BACKGROUND: The Lowe’s partnership with Habitat began in 2003; since then, the company has committed more than $71.1 million to support the nonprofit, impacting the lives of Habitat homeowners worldwide. Lowe’s support of Habitat’s Women Build has helped build, renovate or repair more than 5,325 homes with the support of more than 138,000 women volunteers.

Brian Jones, Habitat for Humanity of Broward, (954) 396-3030, ext. 228, Brian@habitatbroward.org
Trena Brae, Bitner Group, (954) 714-7893, Trena@bitnergroup.com

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. Key initiatives include empowering partner families through education, resources and support to successfully achieve their personal, academic and professional goals; teaching the youth of future homeowner families the skills and attitudes needed to make better life choices and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty; increasing awareness and educating the community regarding issues related to the affordable housing crisis and what they can do to help; pursuing green building certification for Habitat Broward homes in order to make our design more sustainable and eco-friendly; as well as revitalizing and strengthening the community by building affordable homes throughout Broward County. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit our website at www.habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s has supported the communities where its associates live and work for more than 70 years. As a FORTUNE®50 home improvement company, Lowe’s is committed to creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts through nonprofit partnerships. Across every community we serve, Lowe’s associates donate their time and expertise through the Lowe’s Heroes volunteer program. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

Families sought for Habitat community in Pompano Beach

Habitat for Humanity of Broward is once again welcoming needy families to apply for new single-family homes under construction within the Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach. Those selected for the volunteer nonprofit organization’s latest project will gain residency into the 77-home complex through interest-free mortgage loans. The community will consist of 42 one-story and 35 two-story units with energy efficient and environmental impact amenities. A park, reading garden and children’s playground will also be featured.

“We strive to put hardworking families in safe, secure homes,” Nancy Robin, Habitat for Humanity of Broward CEO and executive director, said in a statement.

Interested families may visit habitatbroward.org/homeownership/applicationprocess/ to learn more about qualifications and completing the necessary paperwork. The process includes a pre-qualification questionnaire, orientation, financial analysis review and a face-to-face interview. An applicant must be a first-time homebuyer, a citizen or a legal permanent resident of the United States, a current Broward County resident (one year or more) and able to demonstrate a need for affordable housing.

New homeowners receive keys to Habitat houses amid Miami-Dade, Broward builds

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Several hardworking families have put in the sweat equity for their new Habitat for Humanity homes, and now they’ve received the keys to one of eight houses they helped build in just two weeks.

7News cameras captured volunteers hard at work in Southwest Miami-Dade making those final touches on the houses, Saturday morning.

As Blitz Build 2020 comes to a close, eight homes were completed in two weeks by some 1,500 volunteers.

Among the families whose lives are about to change are Tequesta Jones and her children.

“I’m just overwhelmed with joy. I’m a homeowner now,” she said.

At a ceremony, 7News anchor Craig Stevens and station owner Ed Ansin presented Jones and her family with their keys.

“This has been my dream, and to see it come true, oh, my God. It’s just on another level,” said Jones.

Jones’ home is dedicated to the late Bob Leider, WSVN’s former general manager and executive vice president, who was also a passionate Habitat advocate.

“His most favorite day was dedication day, and it’s just so exciting and so special to be able to make a difference in other people’s lives,” said Kim Leider Ball, Leider’s daughter.

“Bob really believed in Habitat, and he would say, ‘Congratulations to all, and let’s keep it going,’” said Ansin.

The hard work and dedication is not just happening in Southwest Miami-Dade, but also at the Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach, where Habitat Broward hosted their inaugural CEO Build this weekend.

“It’s great. We all get to work side by side,” said Brent Burns, president and CEO of JM Family Enterprises.

“It’s amazing to be a part of this CEO Build and part of this great South Florida community,” said Cheryl Miller, CEO of AutoNation.

“It’s very fulfilling. It’s great to see all the excitement in their eyes and the pride of home ownership,” said Andy Ansin, WSVN’s vice president.

These business executives rolled up their sleeves and stepped out from behind their desks to get their hands dirty, as they worked alongside future Habitat homeowners.

“It’s not a handout. This is truly a hand up,” said Burns.

“Eighty homeowners will be here. It will be wonderful for all their kids and their families to be able to interact and grow and learn from each other,” said Andy Ansin.

From one build to another, hard work and dedication is helping make the dream of home ownership a reality for many South Florida families.

WSVN is proud to be a longtime sponsor of Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward County

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami

Copyright 2020 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Pre-Application Open for New Habitat Homes in Pompano Beach