03 Mar Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County celebrates 100 builds
On Sunday, Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County celebrates the dedications of its 99th and 100th homes in Boynton Beach at 107 and 114 Ocean Breeze Circle, which are part of the Ocean Breeze West community in the Heart of Boynton.
Habitat, which has been serving the communities of Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton since 1991, and the Boynton Faith-Based Community Development Corporation, are constructing the community on land donated by the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.
The land was formerly the site of Boynton Terrace, a Section 108 housing project rendered uninhabitable by the hurricanes of 2004.
"This is a major milestone for our affiliate to be dedicating our 100th home and would not have been possible without the commitment of thousands of volunteers, community supporters and the generosity of so many wonderful donors," said Mike Campbell, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County.
"We are so proud and thankful to have helped so many deserving families in our community achieve the dream of home ownership," he said.
The homes, sponsored by local philanthropists, are designed as workforce and affordable housing for school teachers, nurses and others with incomes less than $50,000, based on Housing and Urban Development guidelines.
The 99th home is sponsored by the Dennis Crowley Family. Crowley is a local business entrepreneur who assists Habitat with retail consulting for the ReStores.
The 100th home is sponsored by Arthur J. Remillard, former CEO and chairman of the board of The Commerce Group, Inc.
Charitable Louis, 72, a single father with two children and a grandchild living with him, looks forward to leaving the two-bedroom apartment he is renting and moving into his own three-bedroom home.
Originally from Haiti, Louis has been in Florida for the past 17 years. He wrote in his application, "I have made progress living in the United States, so I will just keep up the good work."
Jennifer Williams, originally from Fort Myers, a single mother of two who works full-time in the medical field, will move into the second home.
In her application to Habitat, Williams said, "I’ve helped build several homes for family members in Fort Myers. By the end of this journey, I hope I’ve showed my children how to help in their community and make families smile."
The public is invited to the dedications of the new homes at 2 p.m. Sunday. Visit habitatsouthpalmbeach.org or call 561-819-6070.