Miami Habitat History

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami began in 1989 as a small but dedicated group of volunteers in the southern part of Miami-Dade County that built 14 homes in the Perrine neighborhood.

• In 1991, The Jimmy Carter Work Project came to riot-torn Liberty City to help rejuvenate the community by infusing it with pride through home ownership and spreading the "theology of the hammer".  At the end of seven days, 14 homes stood as evidence of that effort.

• In 1992, Hurricane Andrew roared through South Florida. The category-5 storm was no match for the 27 sturdy Habitat homes in South Dade, and none sustained structural damage. Nearly 200 homes were built for Andrew's displaced victims. This includes over 40 homes in Goulds built on 10 donated acres and more than 90 homes in South Miami’s Habitat Villas community.
• Miami Habitat continued working in rural area of the county, building Jordan Commons, a model community based on sustainability and energy-efficiency.  It is the 2nd largest Habitat community in the US, featuring 187 homes, large green space and a community center. This tight-knit neighborhood was built over a period of more than a decade, with the last homes being dedicated in December 2009.

• From 1997 through mid-2010, the organization was meeting demands for affordable housing in both the northern and southern parts of the County.  For example, in 2008 and 2009, it built its first multi-unit projects in Little Haiti and Liberty City.  In 2010, Schrader’s Haven, a 22-home development was built on land donated by the Schrader family, 10 of which were built in 2 weeks during the annual Blitz Build.

• In 2010 the affiliate was awarded a three- year grant of $11 million dollars from HUD through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP 2). This grant focused on 6 census tracts in Liberty City, where the affiliate committed to build 114 new single-family homes and purchase and rehabilitate 40 foreclosed properties. We are currently completing the construction of the last 50 homes included in the grant agreement.

• In January 2013, the organization re-engaged in southern Miami-Dade County with the launch of Habitat Landings, a community of 45 contiguous single-family homes in South Miami Heights. The plan calls for construction of 15 houses per year for the next 3 years, and will be the site of the annual Blitz Build in 2014 and 2015.

Today, in its 24th year, more than 970 families throughout Miami-Dade County have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami in areas such as Liberty City, Little Haiti, Little River, Overtown, Miami Gardens, Highland Park, South Miami, West Perrine, South Miami Heights, Goulds, Princeton, Homestead and Florida City.