Habitat needs help to house families

“For some, shelter-in-place is a different kind of crisis.”

That’s a quote from Randy Nobles, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity South Palm Beach County.

As construction sites, Habitat’s allowed to work on home sites for Habitat families. But their major sources of income have dried up in the coronavirus crisis.

ReStores that take donations and sell home improvement items at a discount are closed.  They had to postpone their fundraisers. The Women Build kickoff was originally scheduled for March 19. Each volunteer builder pledges to raise at least $1,000 toward the cost of materials and put in a half-day of sweat equity. The CEO Build last October had nearly 90 participants.

“No one will be hit harder than our homeowners,” Nobles said in an urgent appeal for donations to their Community Crisis Response Team.

“We’re still out here. Help us continue our work,” a volunteer said from a work site at a Facebook Live appeal Nobles and staff conducted last week.

Gretta Ceasar, one of the Habitat partner families, also made an appeal at the Facebook Live event.  Her home was sponsored by Sklar Furnishings and was the site of the CEO Build.

Some 148 families working with Habit on eight builds in Boynton Beach will be affected now, Nobles said.

They’re the same people who are in the service industry, workers in retail, restaurants, hotels and other closed businesses. “They lost their means of income through no fault of their own,” he said in the appeal.

The goal is for the families to purchase their homes from Habitat and move in as soon as possible, according to Habitat. They’re still hoping the house shown under construction will have a move-in date by the end of June.

By Marci Shatzman


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