Hallandale Beach, FL – April 28, 2020 – The Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (HBCRA) launches a new workforce and small business development partnership with the Urban League of Broward County (ULBC). The partnership kicks off on Thursday, April 30th at 11am with a Workforce & Small Business Webinar aimed to inform and connect residents and business owners in Hallandale Beach and northeast Broward County to the numerous resources including emergency assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities, small business funding, employment training, business technical assistance and more.

Dr. Jeremy Earle, Assistant City Manager/CRA Executive Director will be one of the presenters and will speak about the recently launched $500,000 COVID-19 stimulus for Hallandale Beach businesses along with other resources and initiatives the CRA has underway. Additional presenters include Urban League team members and experts Mark Reyes, Vice President of Program Impact; Courtnee M. Biscardi, MPA, Executive Vice President; Bryan Cunningham, Small Business Development Officer; Pam Stewart, Small Business Lending Officer; Vanessa Hill, Jobs & Training Division Manager; and Joy Clark Newkirk, Director of Programs. The webinar is free to attend. Interested persons may register online at www.cohbcra.org.

The HBCRA Board approved the $111,792 ULBC Workforce & Small Business Development partnership on January 13, 2020. This partnership seeks to create a feeder system that ensures small business owners are connected to a deep labor talent pool and equipped with knowledge and resources to help their companies flourish. The goal of ULBC’s Workforce and Small Business Development Program is to provide employers with a skilled and trained workforce while building Hallandale Beach as one of the best cities to start, develop and expand a business.

“The Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s focus over the next few days, weeks and months, is to be a conduit to the business community, and the existing and future workforce community.  We will accomplish this by providing the necessary resources and support that these respective communities need in order to overcome the economic challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.”, said Dr. Earle.

The ULBC has more than four decades of job training and workforce development experience and will provide services to Hallandale Beach residents with the intent to fill industry gaps for entry-middle skills employment opportunities. Workforce development services include but are not limited to outreach and orientation services, intake and screening, individual job coaching, soft skills education, technical skills training, employment placement and follow up, employer cultivation, and employment fairs.

We are always ready to join the City of Hallandale Beach in mission-critical collaborations that will uplift our community, said Dr. Germaine Smith- Baugh, president and CEO of the Urban League of Broward County. “This program is designed to meet the current and emergent needs of our local economy by enabling employers to skill-up their workforce; empowering jobseekers to gain high-demand skills and certifications: and incentivizing businesses to reinvest in their community through job creation.”

The HBCRA will bring this and other partnerships together under their newly founded program BEACON (Business, Engagement and Community Opportunity Now). BEACON is a unique strategy that combines traditional redevelopment with social equity.  The combination of the two will lead, over time, to reduced gentrification, and continue the elimination of slum and blighted conditions in South Florida and the nation.

For more information on this and other HBCRA programs visit www.cohbcra.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Angela Perry, The Mosaic Group, 561-651-9565, angela@mosaicgroup.co

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ABOUT THE HALLANDALE BEACH CRA

The mission of the Hallandale Beach CRA is to promote economic development and enhance quality of life by eliminating and preventing blighted conditions through the facilitation of community partnerships, business growth, job creation, and neighborhood rehabilitation.

 

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – May 19, 2020 – The Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (HBCRA) Board of Directors on May 18, 2020 approved at its monthly meeting, the allocation of $300,000 towards The Coronavirus Neighborhood and Housing Stabilization Program designed to assist families unable to make rental, utility, and mortgage payments during the Covid-19 crisis. Due to stay at home orders, social distancing, and quarantine, many businesses have been forced to close or furlough employees. The economic impact on the businesses, due to COVID19, has a trickle-down effect on employees. Many of these individuals are living from pay-check to pay-check. Therefore, the loss of a paycheck puts these residents at risk of becoming homeless. Due to either a loss of, or reduction in income due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many residents may not be able to make rental or mortgage payments.

The Coronavirus Neighborhood and Housing Stabilization Program was created to address affordable housing challenges faced by the many residents of the HBCRA who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is comprised of three separate grants, all of which are available only to those residents living within the CRA boundaries (in accordance with Florida Statute 163 Part III). The HBCRA will begin accepting applications on Tuesday, May 26th at 8 am and will conclude on Saturday, May 30th at midnight. Applicants will be chosen by lottery. The lottery drawing will be held on June 2, 2020.

According to CRA Executive Director Dr. Jeremy Earle, “The goal of the program is to help stabilize the residential sectors of the community redevelopment area (CRA) boundaries, and help prevent what might be a potential increase in slum and blighted conditions, if immediate action was not taken to address critical affordable housing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Coronavirus Neighborhood and Housing Stabilization Program Details:

Applicants are only able to select one of the three programs. The three grants that comprise the program are as follows:

1. COVID-19 Mortgage Assistance Program – The Mortgage Assistance Program provides a grant to assist homeowners, who do not have a federally backed mortgage loan. The program will provide the homeowner with up to three months of mortgage payments. The maximum grant amount would not exceed $3,900 over a period of three months. The program will also provide assistance to homeowners whose mortgage payment is delinquent due to loss of income or reduction of income due to the coronavirus. The homeowner will need to provide proof of delinquent loan status as well as a plan to make future payments after the assistance. The mortgage payment would be made, by wire, directly to the lender. Submitted applications will be selected by a lottery process with the exception of those who have previously received affordable housing funding from the HBCRA.

Eligible Participants

  • Must reside within the CRA.
  • Must be a resident in Hallandale Beach for at least one (1) year.
  • Must have proof of that mortgage is in the arrears, due to the COVID-19, with a date of April 2020 or later.
  • Must have proof of either loss or reduction of income.
  • Must provide current mortgage statement.
  • Must be a homesteaded/owner occupied property.
  • Must have a non-federally backed conventional loan.

In-Eligible Applicants

  • Applicants with reversed mortgage.
  • Applicants with private loans.
  • Investors.
  • Private loans.

2. COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program – The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program is a grant created to assist renters unable to make rental payments due to either layoff or income reduction as a result of COVID19. The grant program provides funds for up to three months’ rent (maximum grant $3,900) to renters who have either loss or reduced income due to COVID-19 as of April 2020. The program will provide assistance to renters whose rental payment is delinquent due to either loss of income or reduction of income due to the coronavirus. The renter will need to provide proof of delinquent notice. The rental payment would be made directly to the landlord, on behalf of the homeowner. Applicants with a delinquent CRA loan, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, are not eligible to participate in this program.

  • Eligible Participants
  • Must reside within the CRA.
  • Must be a resident in Hallandale Beach for at least six (6) months.
  • Must have proof of late notice with a date of April 2020.
  • Must have proof of either loss or reduction of income.
  • Lease must be in the name of the applicant.
  • Section-8 renters can receive assistance, but only for the portion payable by the applicant.
  • Applicant must provide proof of inability to pay the non-subsidized portion.
  • Document from landlord that tenant is behind in rent and W-9 completed by the landlord.

3. COVID-19 Utility Assistance Program-The purpose of the COVID-19 Utility Assistant Program is to provide utility assistance for up to three (3) months, beginning with April 2020 mortgage and utility. The maximum assistance, per applicant, for this program is $450. The program is only available to Hallandale Beach residents residing within the CRA boundaries, who have suffered a loss of income or have reduced income due to COVID-19. Submitted applications for each program will be selected by a lottery process.

  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Must reside within the CRA.
  • Must be a resident in Hallandale Beach for at least six (6) months.
  • Must have proof of delinquent/late notice, due to covid-19, with a date of April 2020 or later.
  • Must have proof of either loss or reduction of income.
  • Utility bill (electric & water) must be in applicant’s name.
  • Funds cannot be used for cable or internet service.

For more information on this and other HBCRA programs visit www.cohbcra.org
Media Contact: Angela Perry-The Mosaic Group, angela@mosaicgroup.co 561-651-9565

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ABOUT THE HALLANDALE BEACH CRA
The mission of the Hallandale Beach CRA is to promote economic development and enhance quality of life by eliminating and preventing blighted conditions through the facilitation of community partnerships, business growth, job creation, and neighborhood rehabilitation.

(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) – The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is inviting guests to splash into sea science during the fourth annual “Festival del Mar” on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is aimed at engaging the local Latin American community and promoting ocean conservation and education worldwide. This year, children under 12 will receive free admission.

All ages are invited to celebrate with music, bilingual touch tank demonstrations, interactive story time with the Palm Beach County Library system, science demonstrations, arts, crafts and much more. Special planetarium shows are planned, featuring an enchanted reef, black holes, Big Bird’s Adventure and even a bilingual show spotlighting the night skies over the Palm Beaches.

Festival del Mar is also aimed at encouraging Latin Americans to pursue a career in a science field. “Unfortunately, statistics show that Latinos are much less likely to pursue a degree in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) areas as compared to their Caucasian classmates,” said Kate Arrizza, CEO of the Science Center. “This shows the need for the Science Center to open every mind to science and provide opportunities to inspire young people to follow their passion in science no matter what background they come from.”

Partners and vendors include Estrella TV, WPBF Channel 25, La Guia News, Palm Beach County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Palm Beach County Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets to Festival del Mar are included with admission to the Science Center. Non-member adults are $16.95 and the event is free for children under 12 and members. Admission includes access to the latest traveling exhibit, “Travel Adventure” featuring LEGO bricks. The interactive exhibit takes visitors an on extraordinary adventure to exotic locations through all kinds of terrain. People of all ages put their creative skills to the test to plan and build vehicles to move though mountains, jungles, oceans, deserts and more while learning about the history of travel and imagining the future of transportation. Families are invited to dress up as pilots, sailors, racers and world explorers as they take the wheel of life-sized toy LEGO vehicles and engage in dynamic play. Duplo bricks are available for younger visitors.

The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach and is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during “Travel Adventure” is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.  Planetarium shows and mini golf are not included in general admission pricing. For more information, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.

(Riviera Beach, Fla. – June 1, 2018) – The Lindsey Davis Garden Club, the Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation, (RBCDC), City of Riviera Beach Parks and Recreation, and Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA), in partnership with BB&T Bank’s Lighthouse Project (NYSE: BBT) invite the public to the block party and ribbon cutting celebration for the new Willie “Bo” Davis Flower and Meditation Garden on Saturday, June 2nd at the Lindsey Davis Community Center, located at 1550 W. 28th Street, Riviera Beach from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.

In early 2017, the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) and RBCDC invited the Community Center’s seniors to the Riviera Beach Community Garden located at 1010 W. 10th Street.  By late 2017, the volunteer group grew to more than 70 seniors resulting in the formation of the Lindsey Davis Garden Club and an initiative, Seniors Go Green.  The volunteers helped weed the bed, pick vegetables and herbs, and maintain the community garden.  The Lindsey Davis Garden Club saw an opportunity to utilize a corner of the Lindsey Davis Community Center to create another garden. Upon request, Richard Blankenship, director of Riviera Beach Parks and Recreation, approved the usage of the corner and a vacant, derelict lot to the west of the Center.  The garden has been named after one of the City’s pioneers, Willie “Bo” Davis.

“This is a city that my husband loved dearly and to have you, the City of Riviera Beach, honoring him with this garden and meditation center is truly a blessing,” said Gwendolyn Davis, representative of the Davis family. “We are truly grateful for the efforts of everyone who worked on this project. It means a lot to our family and me to have my husband’s work acknowledged.”

BB&T chose the Lindsey Davis Garden Club and its initiative, Seniors Go Green, for its prestigious Lighthouse Project for 2018.  The mission of BB&T Bank is to make the world a better place; make a difference by building strong communities; and improving the lives of residents.  In 2009, the BB&T Bank created the BB&T Lighthouse Project, an annual project that provides associates with the opportunity to make a difference and have positive changes in the community.  The Lighthouse projects are humanitarian in nature, serve local community, and impact more than one single family.

“I am delighted to partner with the Riviera Beach CDC and today we are extremely excited to be a part of this ceremony,” expressed Tari F. Boldin, vice president of BB&T Bank, Riviera Beach branch.  “This community will blossom through these flowers for many, many years to come. Thank you for allowing BB&T to be a part of this great event, enhance our community, and beautify our City.”

 

The RBCDC’s builds resilient, safe, innovative and beautiful neighborhoods; develops attractive homes; creates and supports economic development programs; establishes sustainable green places; and reduces food insecurity for the City of Riviera Beach residents.

 

“We want to beautify our City by adding satellite gardens to our beautiful green spaces,” said Scott Evans, interim executive director of the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. “This flower and meditation garden is a great addition to the Center and we want to thank the club, and everyone involved for making this happen.”

Additional to the meditation garden, the two-story Lindsey Davis Community Center features a game room, conference room, classrooms used for after-school programs, computer room, and more.  To learn more about the Lindsey Davis Community Center, call 561-840-3170.

The block party will feature free food, bounce houses, music and more. For more information, please call (561) 840-3170.

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ABOUT RBCRA

The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is at the heart of the dramatic transformations underway within its district. Formed in 1984, by the Riviera Beach City Council, the CRA provides funding for a wide scope of projects that incentivize economic growth through business attractions and retention; finances new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; generally works to expand the tax base by creating a welcoming environment that eliminates blight and improves perception of safety in an area; guides the city’s redevelopment efforts; and creates and supports many programs that enhances daily life in Riviera Beach.

 

ABOUT RBCDC

The primary purpose of RBCDC is to operate within the redevelopment area of Riviera Beach as established by the City Council (“Redevelopment Area”), as well as the City of Riviera Beach as a whole, and acquire, rehabilitate and operate affordable housing units, to provide for safe, sanitary and decent affordable housing for families of modest means and/or the elderly, to provide investment capital to low income communities or persons of low income and to engage in other community development activities for neighborhood improvement and community and economic development by providing sustainable business and job opportunities for low income residents.

 

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP

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