JM Family Enterprises Sponsors 4 Habitat Homes in Historic Pompano Beach – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
POMPANO BEACH, FL. (WSVN) – An auto company is among several businesses breathing new life into a historic South Florida neighborhood, helping families achieve their homeownership goals as part of a Habitat for Humanity.
7News cameras captured families and local leaders at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Collier City neighborhood of Pompano Beach on Saturday morning.
JM Family Enterprises is sponsoring four homes as part of efforts to revitalize a historic black neighborhood in desperate need of a facelift.
“These are our 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd houses, and I say houses. It’s not just houses,” said company CEO Brent Burns.
These homes will go a long way in literally rebuilding the neighborhood in one of the most economically disadvantaged ZIP codes in Broward County.
Habitat for Humanity of Broward joins the City of Pompano Beach, individual donors and corporations to make the dream of homeownership a reality.
Nguyen Tran, director of the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, said this project took years to prepare.
“It started in 2015. Those lots that CRA gave to Habitat weren’t buildable as single family homes, so the city had to come in and change the codes to allow single family homes,” he said. he said, “and then it took Habitat’s nonprofit partnership to make it happen with eligible buyers, and of course, the private sector coming in to sponsor these homes.
“It’s such a great story and, I believe, a national role model. It’s the epitome of Habitat’s mission, which is to build homes, communities and hope,” said Nancy Robin, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Broward.
There are already 100 Habitat homes in this community. The partnership transforms vacant lots into 12 homes, giving four families the opportunity to get a taste of home ownership.
“Well, it’s really about affordable housing, which is so badly needed right now,” Burns said.
The Pompano Beach ARC initiated improvements to streetlights and landscaping. They also added a new Broward Sheriff’s Office substation.
Meondae Stanley, his wife and two sons move from an apartment in an industrial area of Pompano Beach to a brand new community and a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home, plus an interest-free mortgage.
“It feels good today, I promise,” he said.
The new owner said he was grateful to everyone who made the day possible.
“Seeing CEOs, people who have been in their jobs… come out when they’ve worked 40 hours a week, they come out and they help me. They don’t know me from a can of paint, and they came to help me,” Stanley said. “We are stepping in as good individuals and good citizens and creating a better place, and for a better environment.”
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