Florida Gov Plans Seniors COVID Vaccine Priority

Gov. DeSantis to Sign Executive Order Giving Seniors Priority for COVID Vaccine

Wednesday, DeSantis said he would sign an executive order guaranteeing seniors ages 65 and over would be the first to get the vaccine among the general public – emphasizing he hopes there would be enough vaccines by the start of next year for all seniors.

https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/gov-desantis-to-hold-news-conference-in-pensacola-as-vaccine-distribution-continues/2349655/

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Dedicates Three Homes in The Historic District of Miramar

by Trena Brae

Three Broward families attended the dedication of their forever home on Saturday, November 21, thanks to a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity of Broward and the City of Miramar.

The partnership is part of a six-home affordable housing development created to provide safe, decent new homes to low-income working families in need of affordable housing.

City of Miramar Mayor, Wayne M. Messam, congratulated the families and thanked the sponsors and Habitat Broward.

“Habitat for Humanity is helping Miramar in a big way by providing beautiful homes for residents addressing our city’s affordable needs, ” said Messam.

Charles Family Photo - Habitat for Humanity of Broward Dedicates Three Homes in The Historic District of Miramar

“This is the result of so much hard work and heart,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO and Executive Director. “I’m immensely proud of each and every one of our families for making today happen, and so very thankful to the City of Miramar for donating the land and to all our sponsors, and volunteers, who made the completion of these homes possible.”

When COVID-19 forced Habitat Broward to cancel its volunteer workforce, Robin and her staff made the decision to hire skilled subcontractors for plumbing, electric and carpentry, all under strict COVID-19 safety guidelines. As a result, the homes were completed this year to make sure families who had worked throughout the year to achieve their dream of homeownership would see that dream come true.

New Habitat homeowners Gerald and Kathiana Charles worked multiple jobs while completing the Habitat program to provide a home for their family. Gerald Charles works as a bus driver and as a security guard and Kathiana Charles is a cake decorator while attending college to further her career.

“Thanks to Habitat and its partners, we are finally moving into the house of our dreams,” said Kathiana Charles.

Through Habitat, hardworking families can obtain a modest home with a mortgage kept to 30 percent of household income. To do this they must first give 300 hours of sweat equity to build their homes and the homes of their neighbors, attend a year of homeownership classes and make a small down payment. Families are selected based on an online application, credit and background check, and evidence of their need for safe housing. The Habitat homeownership application can be found online at habitatbroward.org.

This project was also supported by Family Home sponsors Burdette Beckmann, Inc. and Robert Taylor, Jr., and Sunbeam Television/WSVN Channel 7. House Foundation sponsors included Publix Supermarkets Charities and TIAA Bank; and Blueprint Sponsors, HG Charitable Foundation, Gore Family Memorial Foundation, Holman Automotive, Wells Fargo Foundation and Sunshine Health.

Additionally, you can show your support to Habitat Broward on Giving Tuesday, a nationwide day of giving back, to help local, deserving families build strength, stability and self-reliance though homeownership. Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar now through December 1.

Hard Rock COVID-19 Testing Site

NBC 6 South Florida – Florida officials have announced that people of all ages will soon be able to receive a coronavirus test at Hard Rock Stadium’s testing site thanks to a new system, as the site recently experienced a record high number of daily tests. According to officials, a record-high 3,163 tests were administered last Wednesday. “It’s a mega-test site designed to test…

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https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/hard-rock-covid-19-testing-site-offering-testing-for-all-ages-as-officials-experience-record-high-daily-testing/2308961/

State Farm Awards Habitat Broward $5,000 Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant

State Farm Awards Habitat Broward $5,000 Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant

FORT LAUDERDALE – A $5,000 2020 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship grant will help keep volunteers, future homeowners, and staff safe while they work on 10 new Habitat Broward homes being built to provide hard-working, low income families a decent place to live.

The grant supports OSHA mandated fall-protection measures to protect those working more than six feet off the ground.

Habitat Broward engages over 3,500 volunteers and future homeowners each year in the construction of decent, affordable homes critically needed in Broward. This not only reduces the cost of building, but it also engages the community in the solution to the affordable housing crisis.

“We are grateful to State Farm for this investment in safety. Maintaining a safe construction environment for all parties involved in our building process is Habitat’s utmost priority,” stated Alex Nesar, Habitat Broward’s Director of Construction.

State Farm has been a corporate sponsor of Habitat Broward for nearly a decade. With the shared commitment to affordable housing, they have worked together to build a stronger Broward, one home and family at a time. Since making its first gift in 2011, State Farm has donated $54,000 in grant funding and hundreds of volunteer hours to make affordable housing a reality for low income families in need of a decent, affordable place to call home.

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.

About State Farm®
The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its 19,200 agents and 59,000 employees serve approximately 84 million policies and accounts – over 81 million auto, fire, life, health and commercial policies and over 2 million bank and investment planning services accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 36 on the 2020 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com

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Check The Status Of Your Mail-in Ballot

Any voter who has requested a vote-by-mail ballot can track online the status of his or her ballot through a link within the Division of Elections’ Voter Information Lookup.
https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus

Or directly at your county Supervisor of Elections website.

Broward County Announces 24 Vote-by-Mail Drop Off Locations for November Election

Voters in Broward County choosing to cast their vote by mail for November’s general election will have two dozen new locations to drop off their ballots amid concerns over potential slowdowns within the United States Postal Service

24 Broward County Locations for Ballot Drop Off

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https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/broward-county-announces-24-vote-by-mail-drop-off-locations-for-november-election/2285922/

Task force submits more than 60 recommendations to save Biscayne Bay

The task force was appointed by the commission in February 2019 to study the problems plaguing the bay and how to address them, not knowing that just weeks before this presentation, the dire predictions of scientists would come true — an unprecedented fish kill in the middle of Biscayne Bay where thousands of fish died from lack of oxygen, and the subsequent devastating algae bloom that stretched from the Haulover Inlet south to North Bay Village

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https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/08/31/task-force-submits-more-than-60-recommendations-to-save-biscayne-bay/

Habitat Broward & Wells Fargo Team up to Build Affordable Housing

Habitat Broward and Wells Fargo Team up to Build Affordable Housing in Miramar and Pompano Beach
Contributor: Trena Brae

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.