Habitat Broward Receives $30,000 Grant from Truist Foundation

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – 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.

Habitat Broward Receives $30,000 Grant from Truist Foundation

“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.”

Online Pre-Application Now Open for New Single and Two-Story Habitat Homes in Pompano Beach

By Trena Brae

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (May 25, 2021) – Open enrollment for Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s homeowner free pre-application process for new single and two-story homes in two Pompano Beach locations is underway online through Tuesday, June 15 via www.habitatbroward.org.

Online Pre-Application Now Open for New Single and Two-Story Habitat Homes in Pompano Beach

The new energy efficient models will include garages, landscaped yards, four bedrooms, hurricane windows, and modern kitchens.

Additionally, these locations are minutes away from beautiful beaches, schools, churches, a lively arts and cultural scene, and great recreational and shopping amenities.

“Selected applicants will enjoy affordable homeownership of new homes through affordable mortgage loans,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “Through our homeownership program, hardworking families can achieve the economic empowerment that comes from owning your own home.”

It is a four-step application process that includes a pre-qualification questionnaire, orientation, financial analysis review and face-to-face interview. Successful applicants can expect to move into a home within 12 to 18 months.

Qualifications include but are not limited to the following:

• Must be a first-time homebuyer.
• Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident.
• Must be a current Broward County resident (for a year or more).
• Must demonstrate a need for affordable housing.
• Must be able to make a $2,000 down-payment broken down into monthly installments.

Interested families can go to https://www.habitatbroward.org/2020-pre-qualification-questionnaire/ and start the pre-application process.

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.

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JM Family Enterprises Provides Temporary “Home” for Habitat for Humanity of Broward

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (April 28, 2021) – Through the end of August, JM Family Enterprises will open its doors as a temporary “home” to Habitat for Humanity of Broward. Staff from the nonprofit, will set up camp in Deerfield Beach as they transition to their new office location later this year.

JM Family Enterprises Provides Temporary “Home” for Habitat for Humanity of Broward

“Our founder instilled the spirit of giving back as an integral part of who we are, and when an opportunity to support one of our long-time nonprofit partners arises, we don’t hesitate to help,” said Brent Burns, president and CEO, JM Family. “Through their work in the community, Habitat for Humanity provides affordable homes to hard-working individuals and families who need it the most. We are honored to return the favor and provide a temporary home to their staff this summer.”

Due to JM Family’s ongoing campus construction, space for the small Habitat for Humanity office staff is available at the company’s headquarters.

“Words can’t express our gratitude to Brent and JM Family Enterprises,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat Broward. “JM Family is what world-class corporate leadership looks like from top to bottom. This is a company that believes in solving problems and supporting its community wherever and whenever it can.”

JM Family and Habitat for Humanity have collaborated on projects for nearly 20 years, partnering to construct more than 35 houses across 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 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 JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
JM Family Enterprises, Inc. was founded by automotive legend, Jim Moran in 1968. It is a privately held company with $16 billion in revenue and more than 4,200 associates. Rooted in automotive and united in its strong culture and core values, JM Family is in the business of helping other businesses succeed. As a long-term partner, it is invested in its companies, associates and its communities. Driven by exceptional performance, current subsidiaries are in the automotive, financial services and franchising industries. Its family of companies includes: Southeast Toyota Distributors, the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota vehicles; JM&A Group, a company committed to improving automotive dealers’ performance by offering Finance & Insurance products and services, dealership training and consulting; World Omni Financial Corp. (dba Southeast Toyota Finance), a captive financial services company driven to delivering an exceptional dealership and customer experience for Toyota customers in the Southeast; JM Lexus, one of South Florida’s leading Lexus dealers; DataScan, a provider of solutions for wholesale asset financing and inventory risk management; and Home Franchise Concepts, a multi-brand franchise network consisting of Budget Blinds, Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage, Concrete Craft, AdvantaClean and Kitchen Tune-Up.

JM Family has earned various awards for its culture, products and services, including 23 consecutive years on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Interact with JM Family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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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.

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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Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Broward County

Updated: 12:48 PM, April 11, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Health officials confirmed Thursday that an outbreak of Hepatitis A is spreading across Broward County.

Heptatitis A is a contagious liver infection that causes inflammation and can last a few weeks, but up to several months. The virus is spread through contaminated food or drinks that have been exposed to the fecal matter of someone who has the virus.

The virus can also be picked up by eating raw shellfish from water that has been polluted by sewage.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include:

  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice

Doctors recommend thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom or changing diapers.

https://www.local10.com/health/hepatitis-a-outbreak-declared-in-broward-county

New housing protection for veterans and domestic violence victims

Broward County landlords can no longer refuse to rent to someone simply because that person is a military veteran or domestic violence victim.

Broward commissioners unanimously voted to expand the county’s housing anti-discrimination regulations Tuesday to ensure military personnel and returning veterans have access to housing and that victims of domestic assault aren’t victimized again.

Read more… http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-sb-broward-fair-housing-veterans-20171205-story.html

Broward’s Oldest Resident Donates Her Time To The County’s Newest

Mazie Ford is Broward County’s only verified supercentenarian. That’s someone who’s over 110 years old, and Ford is almost 111.5.

She was born on June 28, 1906. That makes her the oldest verified living person in Broward County, and the second oldest in all of Florida.

Read more: http://wlrn.org/post/browards-oldest-resident-donates-her-time-countys-newest

 

It’s official: Broward school year to start earlier, and on Wednesday

Sorry, kids. If you attend Broward County public schools, summer vacation will end early.

The School Board on Tuesday approved its calendar for the 2018-19 school year, which will start Wednesday, Aug. 15 — six days earlier than last year. It’s also the first midweek start in recent years.

The start of the school year has been a contentious issue over the years. District officials say an earlier start is better for academic purposes. But a number of parents say later starts help avoid conflicts with out-of-state camps, family trips and academic summer programs.

The new calendar:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-broward-school-board-calendar-20171205-story.html