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Habitat offers new home as early Father's Day gift

Habitat offers new home as early Father's Day gift

Mercantil Commercebank employees help build Habitat for Humanity home

Throughout the month of February, Mercantil Commercebank employees worked together to construct a home in the South Miami Heights Habitat Landings Community for a deserving family.

GSK Cares Initiative

Long-time Habitat supporters Goldstein Schechter Koch recently launched the GSK Cares initiative to manage the company’s philanthropic efforts. We are honored and grateful to be mentioned in the initiative’s recent newsletter and look forward to many more years of GSK staff joining us on our construction sites as we work to build affordable homeownership opportunities for hardworking low-income families. View article

Blitz Build Dedication Ceremony

 Courtesy of WSVN-TV

Habitat for Humanity Hosts InterFaith Build

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Habitat for Humanity hosted an interfaith build, Wednesday.

Representatives from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities came together to help a family in need.

It's all to show that sub-standard housing is a common problem that can affect people of any race, creed or religion.

Volunteers Make a Family’s Dream Come True with Habitat Blitz Build

While a dozen volunteers helped her apply primer to her new house Saturday, Dorothy Williams admitted she had never volunteered before.

Blitz Build 2014 Kicks Off!


Habitat for Humanity will soon hand over keys for some lucky South Florida homeowners.

With hammers in hand, hundreds of volunteers along with dozens of soon-to-be homeowners performed some hard homework, as they took part in Habitat for Humanity's Building Blitz.

Blitz Build 2014

TD Charitable Foundation Helps Support Habitat

MIAMI (WSVN) -- TD bank made a big donation to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami to help rebuild seven single-family homes. Representatives from the bank presented Habitat for Humanity with a $100,000 check, Monday.

"Today we are happy to be here with our partners from TD bank who have made a very generous donation to Habitat for Humanity," CEO of Habitat for Humanity Mario Artecona said. "These dollars will go towards us helping put low-income families in homes."

Property Taxes Presented to Miami-Dade County

December 17, 2013

 Miami, Florida
 Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, a 501 (c) 3 developer of low income houses presented a check to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa in the amount of $966,512, representing the property taxes that Habitat homeowners generated in 2013. Habitat has helped nearly 1000 families achieve the dream of home-ownership since its inception by providing zero percent interest loans for purchase of Habitat built houses.

Charitable Gifts Benefit Many

"Gifts to Charities in a Recipient's Name Yield Three-Way Win" by Vanessa Zambrano
Courtesy of Miami Today, December 5, 2013.

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Miami Habitat ReStore Opens in Cutler Bay


Miami Habitat for Humanity recently held the grand opening for Restore, an extension of the organization that serves as a discounted outlet for home necessities at affordable prices.

Adam Foslid Joins Board of Directors for Miami Habitat

MIAMI (PRWEB) August 12, 2013

Adam M. Foslid, a shareholder with the Litigation Practice Group at international law firm Greenberg Traurig, has joined the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. In this role, Foslid will help support the organization’s mission to improve lives and communities by providing low-income families with affordable homeownership opportunities.

FIU Donates Beds to Miami Habitat ReStore

When the spring semester let out and students began exiting the residential halls for the summer months, FIU Housing and Residential Life faced an interesting dilemma.

With the department ordering approximately 400 new full-size beds for students moving into University Towers for the upcoming fall semester, they had to find something to do with 452 smaller twin-size beds that were no longer needed.

Habitat ReStore opens new location

CUTLER BAY, Fla. (WSVN) -- Habitat ReStore held a grand opening for its new store on Saturday.

The new store is located at 20811 S. Dixie Hwy and is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There's also a Habitat ReStore in Fort Lauderdale at 505 West Broward Boulevard.

Habitat for Humanity to open ReStore

CUTLER BAY, Fla. (WSVN) -- On Saturday, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami's ReStore will open its doors in Cutler Bay.

Salvaged Goods, ReStore Gaining in Popularity

Salvaged Goods, ReStore Gaining in Popularity

When Key Biscayne’s Rusty Pelican restaurant underwent a five-month, $7 million remodeling in 2011, Derek Shambora received a call from a general contractor working the site.

Shelter in any storm

Shelter in any storm
By Julie Gurnon
Over the past four years, the Belton family has experienced moments of profound sadness and exhilarating joy.

One of the happiest moments was on May 3, 2012, when the family of eight moved into their new Habitat for Humanity home in the Liberty City community of Miami, Fla.

“Move-in day was exciting,” said Lakevia Belton, 31, who heads the close-knit household. “We did it rapidly, because we were just ecstatic to get from there to here.”

Miami Habitat ReStore Grand Opening 6/29/13

Miami Habitat ReStore Grand Opening 6/29/13
Miami Habitat ReStore Grand Opening

SAS Kendall Juniors Volunteer With Habitat For Humanity

SAS Kendall Juniors Volunteer With Habitat For Humanity
Miami, May 4, 2013 - High school juniors from School for Advanced Studies (“SAS”) spent Saturday, May 4th, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. They were accompanied by two adults, including SAS’s
staff member Samay Alvarez.

Women Build Kicks off 10th Home In Miami

Habitat for Humanity's Women Build Week continues with 10th home
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Local volunteers will be joining women Saturday at another Habitat for Humanity construction site for National Women Build Week.

Thousands of women have been volunteering across Miami-Dade County this week, helping build affordable houses in their communities.

Danet Linares, The Philanthropist

Danet Linares, The Philanthropist
By Nikki Novo

Photo Courtesy of Andres Arevena

Jaime Camil participa en Carnaval Miami; pide voluntarios para Habitat for Humanity

El dinero recaudado del evento beneficiará a Habitat for Humanity.

Las organizaciones como Habitat for Humanity ayudar a los necesitados de la Vivienda

En EE.UU., el lujo y la pobreza extrema comparten las calles de Miami

US Gas & Electric Partners with Miami Habitat during Blitz Build 2013

U.S. Gas & Electric (“USG&E”), a provider of natural gas and electricity to commercial and residential consumers in a growing number of states, partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami for the launch of its renowned “Blitz Build” initiative. View full press release here.

Habitat for Humanity take ‘Blitz Build’ to South Miami Heights By Allison Diaz The Miami Herald

Volunteers, staff members and residents helped landscape new homes in South Miami Heights during Habitat for Humanity's Blitz Build event on Saturday, Feb. 23. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization that partners with those in need to build affordable housing for them.

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Becker & Poliakoff Celebrates 40 Years of Client and Community Service; Lawyers and Staff Volunteer to Support Local Charities

Local lawfirm helps build with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami.

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South Florida Times - 10 houses in 2 weeks for Habitat’s Blitz Build project

Feb. 11 marked the launch of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami’s annual accelerated construction project, Blitz Build 2013, presented by Baptist Health South Florida.

Through Feb. 23 more than 1,500 volunteers will work alongside Habitat partner families and sponsors in completing ten new Habitat homes.

View full story here.

Miami Diario - Habitat for Humanity en Miami con 1500 voluntarios para hacer nuevos hogares

Las diez viviendas será las primeras de 45 en la nuevas Habitat que se realizarán al sur de la comunidad de Miami-Dade, estás construcciones tiene prevista terminarse en el transcurso de tres años.

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WSVN - Habitat for Humanity to build 45-home community

A first-time homeowner is putting in sweat equity as an organization kicked off a building blitz.

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WSVN - Locals awarded new homes thanks to Habitat for Humanity

Check out a great recap of our Blitz Build 2013 Dedication Ceremony!

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Corporate Housing Providers Association Supports Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami

The members of the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) contributed more than $3,000 to the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami during their 2012 Annual Conference. Through direct donations and purchasing ‘themed’ accessories for CHPA’s awards event for industry excellence, members continue to support this worthy cause. Read More

A Mother’s Day of Habitat service, women’s bonding-South Florida Times

MIAMI — Three mother-daughter pairs spent part of their Mother’s Day weekend building, bonding and volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in Liberty City, part of a crew of more than 100 women who sweated through neon purple volunteer shirts at nine area worksites. Read More.

Building A Legacy: May 5-13-Moxy Magazine

Teresa Colston is working on a home-building project in Miami, Florida. While free time is nearly nonexistent for the paralegal and mother of ten-year-old Jamara, she makes time to be an active member of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program. It is through the program that she will take classes about home ownership and help build the home that she will one day call her own. Read More

Baseball Hall-of-Famer helps build Habitat homes-WSVN TV

MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida community received some help from a baseball Hall of Famer. Former baseball star Cal Ripken Jr. helped make a difference in Miami with a Habitat for Humanity project. Ripken Jr., along with volunteers, teamed up to help build new homes and revitalize existing ones for needy families. Read more

HomeServe USA Partners with Habitat for Humanity

This is the second time HomeServe employees have participated in a Chattanooga build. So far in 2012, HomeServe employees in Miami, Fla. and Stamford, Conn. have also volunteered their time to Habitat builds in their local communities

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Volunteers Helping To Build Houses In Liberty City-CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBS4) – Young adults from AmeriCorps are giving back to the South Florida community.The group of 10 people has been volunteering in Liberty City where they are building

Liberty City may have history of failed programs but Miami Habitat has been a housing success-Miami Herald

Over the years, there have been many stories written in this newspaper on many failed programs intended to help the residents of Liberty City. Dating as far back as the 1980s, after the McDuffie riots, there have been many examples of perplexing government spending. While there are sadly too many examples to mention of public dollars that missed the mark, there are also some shining instances of efforts that have met or even surpassed their intended goals.

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Habitat for Humanity Hosts Blitz Build- WSVN-TV

MIAMI (WSVN) -- Volunteers from across South Florida rolled up their sleeves to help build homes for a good cause.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami began its annual Blitz Build, Saturday.

Miami Heat Teams Up With Miami Habitat "NBA.Com/Heat"

On Friday, November 18 2011, The Miami HEAT teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, to help build affordable homes for low-income families in Liberty City.

HEAT President, Pat Riley, HEAT Legend, Alonzo Mourning and his wife, Tracy, along with HEAT front office staff worked alongside Habitat for Humanity construction workers. Watch Video

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Teams of Women Build Habitat Homes-Miami Herald

Though her name sounds regal, Tiara Armstrong is laboring like a man to be queen of her castle.

“I’ve been working and sweating since April,” said the 25-year-old single mother just outside the concrete block frame of the 12th house she is helping build for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami.

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"Homegrown NFL Star Builds Home For Single Miami Mom" -NBC Miami

Homegrown NFL Star Builds Home For Single Miami Mom

Asante Samuel, who grew up in Lauderdale Lakes, kicks off his foundation with a home for a Liberty City mom

Marlins: Habitat for Humanity

Marlins: Habitat for Humanity

The Marlins Ayudan group spent a day assisting with the construction of one of ten houses built by Habitat for Humanity's Blitz Build.

"10 families receive Habitat homes" - WSVN

10 families receive Habitat homes

LIBERTY CITY, Fla. (WSVN) -- Ten families have a new place to call home after Habitat for Humanity built 10 houses in less than two weeks.

"I'm overwhelmed and I'm just happy," said Italia Smith.

Smith walked through the door of her brand new home for the first time on Saturday. Seven News is a proud sponsor of the house she will share with her son and daughter. "Stability, home ownership, they will have their own space," said Smith.

"Habitat getting ready to hand over 10 homes" - South Florida Times

Habitat getting ready to hand over 10 homes

(Florida International University) - Ten families who currently rent will become homeowners Saturday, courtesy of Habitat for Humanity’s “Blitz off Broadway” campaign to complete 10 homes on the  Northwest 18th Avenue corridor in just 10 days.

Habitat holds annual building blitz

Habitat holds annual building blitz

MIAMI (WSVN) -- Thousands of volunteers took part in a building blitz for Habitat for Humanity.

Over 2,000 volunteers participated in the 13th annual Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami Blitz Build, Saturday.

"Habitat launches building blitz" -WSVN

MIAMI (WSVN) -- A major charity is going on a local building blitz.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami kicked off its annual event Monday with more than 2,000 volunteers flocking to Liberty City for the construction event.

Spring Breakers Give Back at Habitat for Humanity

Spring Breakers Give Back at Habitat for Humanity

When you think of spring break, you think of sun, sand and parties, but for a group of students,
their trip to South Florida involved hard hats and tools.

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Building Better Communities

Building Better Communities

Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds bear fruit in Miami

Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity

Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity

(Miami, FL - March 1, 2011)  This last weekend, a crew from Westhorp & Associates (WA) volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Liberty City.  As highlighted on our community involvement page, WA has a long and active history of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit, housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.

Photographer documented Habitat & Actors working in Liberty City Miami

Photographer documented Habitat & Actors working in Liberty City Miami

Feb 22, 2011 – Photographer Marguerite Beaty from Crea8fotos spent the morning documenting Habitat's work with some of the amazing actors from Days of our Lives, Telemundo & mun2.

Habitat is finishing three houses next to each other in Liberty City.  Their wonderful volunteers were there among some exciting, funny and hard working actors from Days of our Lives, Telemundo & mun2.

Getting Behind the Wheel: 2012 Nissan NV

At the start of February, I was invited to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2012 Nissan NV (Nissan Van) out in Miami. The Nissan NV is the automaker's first commercial vehicle launched in the U.S., although it has a more than seven-decade history of producing commercial vehicles in the global market (starting in 1937 in Japan). I had the opportunity to drive the Standard and High Roof models, as well as test versions with the V-6 and V-8 engines.

"Helping to build for the future."

Actors from Days Of Our Lives will be joining onscreen personalities from cable networks Telemundo and mun2 to take part in a building project with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami.

"Volksblast" -South Miami News


Habitat for Humanity Receives Grant

MIAMI (WSVN) -- The JP Morgan Chase Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami.

The money will go towards revitalizing Liberty City and create home ownership opportunities for low income families. "Our main priority is not just to build homes but to build communities, so with the help of our sponsors at Chase, we are shinning a light on a community," said Habitat for Humanity CEO Mario Artecona.

Habitat and Baptist Health Join to Build Homes for the Holidays

"Habitat and Baptist Health join to build homes for the holidays" -Miami's Community Newspapers

Dozens of employees from Baptist Health South Florida volunteered many hours of their time to give three fellow employees the grandest gift of all for the holidays — a home.

Opa-Locka Review "They said "It couldn't be done"" -Community Newspapers

In 2004, the enemy came against me like a flood. I was handcuffed like a criminal and shackled like a slave. I felt like the Biblical character Joseph, while in the ‘pit’ of his life. I asked, Lord, what have I done to warrant this?” declared Opa-locka Mayor elect “Lady” Myra L. Taylor in a passionate acceptance speech during the Induction Ceremony where she and Vice Mayor elect Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson were sworn into office, on the second floor of the Opa-locka Municipal Complex, 780 Fisherman Street, Opa-locka, Florida 33054 on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

"Transforming a City: Hope for Opa-locka " - South Florida Times

OPA-LOCKA — Shayna Mitchell has lived in Opa-locka since she was 3 years old. By the time she turned 12, she knew about all the bad things that happened in the Magnolia North neighborhood, also known as “The Triangle:” drug trafficking and crimes of opportunity. Read More

Charities push to get their donation packages under the tree -- Miami Today

Times may be tough, but that’s not stopping local nonprofits from pushing for holiday donations. Many Miami-Dade charities are offering special packages for businesses looking to make a difference this winter. Read More

WSVN - Women build Habitat home

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Women build Habitat home

LIBERTY CITY, Fla. (WSVN) -- A group of South Florida women joined forces to build a new home for a deserving family.

The volunteers built the home as part of the sixth annual Habitat for Humanity's Women Build Program.


"Volunteers help build Habitat homes" --WSVN News

Dozens of Citigroup employees volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to help construct homes in Liberty City for eight families, Saturday. Read More

"Habitat for Humanity to Build in Opa-locka" --South Florida Times

Habitat for Humanity to Build in Opa-locka

An area in South Florida known mostly for what’s wrong with it is getting an injection of what many consider a good thing: affordable housing. The “Triangle,” a small but notoriously high-crime area of Opa-locka, is where Habitat for Humanity of Miami will build 26 single family homes. Read More>

"Opa-Locka Triangle To Get "Habitat" Homes" --CBS Channel 4 News

Opa-Locka's Triangle neighborhood, for decades one of the more crime-ridden parts of Miami-Dade county, is about to get a makeover with the help of Habitat for Humanity.

"Women's Build for Habitat for Humanity" -- The Pinecrest

Late last month, 15 ladies from Royal Palm Tennis Club traded their racquets for hammers and headed up to Liberty City to help build a home for Tomika Jackson.

"Emerging Green Builders" The Miami Hurricane

Emerging Green Builders

Posted October 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm

For Ashley Drake and Audrey Barth, both UM architecture students, involvement in sustainability efforts and environmental awareness extends beyond the classroom.

Seeking Stability

After 18 months, and with a deadline approaching, the federal government's Neighborhood Stabilization Program is now beginning to take shape in South Florida.

September 2010 Newsletter

Liberty City Shine!


A Taste for Habitat: Miami Beach Veiled Wine Society helps raise near $5K for Habitat for Humanity

We are pleased to announce that A Taste for Habitat was a smash success, raising nearly $5,000!