FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Habitat for Humanity of Broward hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, as the nonprofit aims to help solve the housing crisis in the county.

Twenty families are one step closer to calling a new home their own as construction is set to begin at BBI Village, a new Habitat Broward Community.

“Within this space, we’re not just building homes, we’re building futures,” said Robert Taylor, CEO of Burdette Beckmann, Inc.

By next year, an empty lot will be transformed into a 20-townhome neighborhood. Close to 100 people will call BBI Village their home.

“We can provide working families with a path toward lasting financial stability through home ownership,” said Taylor. “It’s a journey, as most of you know, that includes a lot of work on the homeowners’ part, comprehensive education and ensuring that their families have the tools and the knowledge needed for a brighter future.”

South Florida is going through an affordability crisis, which is why the Taylor family, along with BBI, have built over two dozen homes with Habitat for Humanity over the years. They’ve committed more than $2 million to make BBI Village in Fort Lauderdale a reality.

“Home ownership and affordable home ownership cannot happen without partnerships,” said Nancy Robin, CEO of Habitat Broward.

Taylor said even both political sides worked together to make it happen.

“You saw Republicans and Democrats come together to fund this opportunity for people of Fort Lauderdale,” he said.

In addition to BBI’s support, local legislators have come together to make this project a reality — including Fort Lauderdale donating the land and funding from both Broward County and Tallahassee.

“This will be an intentional community, and what we see through this Habitat process is just organically, a community is formed,” said Robin. “Our vision is, we don’t build just homes, we build communities in hope, and this community is going to be one of just beauty and hope and belonging.”

It’s another community of opportunity on the rise, made possible by South Florida generosity.

“And we hope to keep on going,” said Taylor.

WSVN is a longtime supporter and sponsor of Habitat for Humanity.


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