Seven Families Earn Keys to Their New Homes

Seven Families Earn Keys to Their New Homes in Pompano Beach from Habitat for Humanity of Broward

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Seven hard working families received keys to their new homes from Habitat for Humanity of Broward on Saturday, June 26 at A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach.

Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Harden, Vice Mayor Beverly Perkins, and Broward County Commissioner, Dr. Barbara Sharief, joined the new homeowners to celebrate along with Habitat home sponsors, board members, family, and friends.

The proud first-time homeowners include Monique Canteen, Jeanna and Neco Huie; Latandra Mitchell, Karen Smith-Francis and Gilbert Francis; Lauren Smoot, Kenya Wright, and Shirley Yunez.

Yunez, is a mother of three formerly from the Bronx. She has worked as a Parent Educator in the Broward Schools Head Start Program where she empowers young families to reach their goals. “Living in a place where hopelessness was written on the faces of so many, I learned I had to persevere to achieve my dreams,” said Yunez. “I realize the importance of owning my own home and how that can bring stability and safety into our lives. I am so fortunate to be a new Habitat homeowner.”

“We wanted the stability and security that comes from buying a Habitat home, it’s less expensive than rent and you actually pay yourself, not the landlord,” said Karen Smith-Francis a Patient Care Technician at Westside Medical Center.

Jeanna and Neco Huie, hardworking parents of four children. Neco Huie is a Service Technician with City Furniture while Jeanna Huie is a Medical Adjuster. Both were excited to work side by side with City Furniture CEO, Keith Koenig during Habitat Broward’s CEO Build in May. They have moved a great deal in the past year or two, struggling to find an affordable place to live as a six-member household. “Having overcome so many challenges, we feel truly blessed to finally buy our own home and leave our children a legacy,” said Jeanna Huie.

“I’m immensely proud of these families for becoming new homeowners, and so very thankful for our sponsors, volunteers and construction team.” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward Executive Director & CEO. “Habitat Broward is committed to helping families accomplish their goal of homeownership and financial stability, ultimately supporting and sustaining a more vibrant community.”

Through Habitat Broward, hardworking families can obtain affordable homes with affordable mortgages through a combination of sweat equity hours, a modest down payment and coursework.

Homes were made possible thanks to the generosity of Amerant Bank, Burdette Beckmann, Inc., Coke Florida, Rick Case Automotive Group, Robert Taylor, Jr. Family, Wadsworth Family Foundation, TIAA Bank, American Engineering & Development Corporation and Stiles Corporation. Additionally, special thanks to the continued support of the Community Foundation of Broward and the City of Pompano Beach.

Open enrollment for two Pompano Beach locations has been extended through Friday, July 30. 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 families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of homeownership. 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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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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Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts 2nd Annual CEO Build

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (May 18, 2021) – Florida CEOs showed up to give time, funds, and voice in support of affordable workforce housing during Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s 2nd annual CEO Build on Saturday, May 15. The landscaping work took place at Habitat’s historic 76-home community in Pompano Beach.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts 2nd Annual CEO Build “These CEO Build participants collectively lead more than 430,000 employees,” said Nancy Robin CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “They understand the critical need for affordable workforce housing and are determined to work together to find a solution.”

Event co-chairs Brent Burns, President and CEO of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and Keith Koenig, CEO of City Furniture, led the build that took place at A Rick Case Habitat Community and brought CEOs of leading national and local companies to cooperatively respond to the important issue of affordable housing for Broward County’s workforce.

“Now, more than ever, we are in desperate need of affordable housing, as families get back on their feet following the global pandemic,” said Burns. “Thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Broward for creating an opportunity for business leaders in our community to work side-by-side with peers who also believe in this incredible cause. We are excited to help welcome these families to their new homes.”

The pandemic has demonstrated the need for safe, decent, and affordable shelter is greater than ever. Investment in affordable workforce housing helps families build wealth and stimulates growth necessary for a healthy, equitable society. Before COVID-19, one in seven households spent more than half of their income on housing. Today, that number is estimated to be one in four. Habitat for Humanity of Broward offers working families a way to earn an affordable mortgage kept to 30 percent of household income through the sweat equity they invest. The success of the Habitat Broward model has provided hundreds of families with the economic empowerment that comes with home ownership.

Chip LaMarca, Florida House of Representatives also took part in the event along with corporations such as Advanced Roofing, Amerant Bank, BDO, Burdette Beckmann Inc., Castle Group, Celebrity Cruises, Chen Moore and Associates, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Colliers International, Denison Yachting, The Festus & Helen Stacy Foundation, Inc., GA Telesis GL Homes, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Health Business Solutions, HEICO Corporation, Holy Cross Health, Hudson Family Foundation, Kaufman Lynn Construction, Keith and Associates, Memorial Healthcare System, Merrimac Ventures, Mesirow Financial, Miami Dolphins, Miller Construction Company, Multi-Bank Securities, Inc., Pirtle Construction Company, PNC Bank, Ranger Technical Resources, Rick Case Automotive Group, Right Management, Rogers, Morris & Ziegler LLP; Seawood Builders, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Classic Casino, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood FL, SIXT rent a car, South Florida Business Journal, Stiles Corporation, Structural Wood Systems, Summit Advertising, The Kitchenworks, Walter Duke + Partners and WSVN Channel 7.

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