Habitat for Humanity of Broward Homeownership Open Enrollment

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Homeownership Open Enrollment

Begins November 1 Ends November 17

 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  (October 31, 2017) – From November 1 to November 17, families interested in Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s homeownership program will have the opportunity to complete a pre-application questionnaire online.

Affordable homes with interest-free mortgages will be built in the Pompano Beach area for qualifying applicants.

“This is an exciting opportunity for hard-working families to become first-time homeowners,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO. “We encourage families to visit our site (www.habitatbroward.org) to learn more.”

Interested families should check the organization’s website to find out how Habitat Broward’s homeownership process works and to learn about the qualifications necessary to become a homeowner.

Applicants who meet the initial eligibility criteria will be invited to attend a Homeowner Orientation where they will be given a full application to complete. Members of the volunteer Homeowner Support Committee will then review the applications and supporting documentation to determine who is eligible to move to the next step, which includes a face-to-face interview and home visit.

Selected homeowners are required to take financial and money management courses, complete 300 sweat equity hours and make a modest down-payment.

For more information about the family selection process or the open enrollment period, please contact Habitat Broward at (954) 396-3030 and follow the prompts.



Habitat Broward’s Marcia Barry-Smith Receives Inclusive Economic Opportunity Award from United Nations Association of Broward County

Habitat Broward’s Marcia Barry-Smith Receives Inclusive Economic Opportunity Award from United Nations Association of Broward County

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 26, 2017) – Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach and Program Services at Habitat for Humanity of Broward, has received the Inclusive Economic Opportunity Award from the Broward County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA).

Barry-Smith recently received the award at the 72nd United Nations Day Scholarship and Awards Luncheon at the Signature Grand.

The Broward County Chapter of UNA-USA is a membership organization dedicated to educate, inspire and mobilize Americans to support the principals and vital works of the United Nations. Through its chapters and programs, the organization raises funds, recruits, engages and retains members around the country.

“On behalf of our board, staff, families and volunteers, we extend our warmest congratulations to Marcia on her award,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward’s Executive Director and CEO. “It is so well deserved.”

Barry-Smith’s career includes over 25 years of banking experience, serving most recently as the Senior Vice President of BankAtlantic.

Additionally, she is highly regarded as an expert in community development around the nation. Her nationally acclaimed program Homeless to Homeowner has placed hundreds of former 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.