(Fort Lauderdale, FL – April 6, 2018) – The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale (HACFL) will host a special tour of its Northwest Gardens Neighborhood for Miami-Dade and Broward County leaders interested in affordable housing communities on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tour will commence at 1204 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Northwest Gardens is the State of Florida’s first sustainable neighborhood, and the second in the nation, third in the world.

Tour attendees will learn how the HACFL turned a $200,000 HUD grant into a $300 million program that redeveloped their entire public housing portfolio into clean, modern and innovative units along with substantial improvements to the public realm. In the process, HACFL used less than $400,000 in CRA TIF funds. Conversely, HACFL has paid almost $8 million in permit and impact fees to the City and County, as well as gave the City and annual payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT Payment).

Northwest Gardens was part of the HACFL’s 10-year plan to demolish and build four phases of housing units in the area. After much success on the four phases, HACFL built a fifth phase, which was completed four years ahead of schedule. Currently, Northwest Gardens is the first LEED-ND certified community in Florida and the second nationwide. It also received a national honorable mention in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Smart Growth Award for Equitable Development.

Northwest Gardens features six community gardens, an urban farm, free art classes and workshops (YAA ArtHOUSE), clubhouse activities (Y-Fit), and more. Through an alliance with the YMCA of South Florida and other agencies, Northwest Gardens’ residents are engaged in numerous programs, such as: chef-based classes covering healthy food shopping and preparation and coupon clipping; homeownership education courses; summer programs including the hip-hop dance academy; the Sistrunk Healthy Community Zone; free GED classes; and Artists in Residence programs where artists are nurtured and encouraged to develop their creativity into saleable work.

HACFL is committed to community development through public engagement, providing opportunities for low-income public housing, and creating a portfolio of education, training and employment for at-risk youths through its state certified StepUP Apprenticeship Program. StepUP provides apprentices with skills to increase their potential for permanent employment and economic self-sufficiency. The program employs local residents and trains them in maintenance, painting, light construction, and cabinet making. Step-Up apprentices used these skills to build the kitchen and bathroom cabinets for the Northwest Gardens’ fifth phase.

“Community engagement creates a sense of place, increases pride, and makes people feel more connected to their neighborhoods and we have witness this in Northwest Gardens,” expressed Scott Strawbridge, director of Development and Facilities of the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale. “We have one of the most popular and effective operations in the City of Fort Lauderdale and we know this community is moving forward in a positive light.”

The tour will include lunch, a lively discussion about Northwest Gardens and networking. To register go to https://nwgardensspecialtour.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Scott Strawbridge at SStrawbridge@hacfl.com or (954) 556-4100, ext. 1406.

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ABOUT HACFL
The Housing Authority has been committed to safe, decent, and affordable housing to low-income residents in Broward County since 1928 and currently manages approximately 95 public housing units, 170 affordable housing units, 945 tax credit units, and administers over 3,100 housing choice vouchers. In addition to offering affordable rental housing and several public housing sites, the Housing Authority administers numerous programs, such as the Family Self-Sufficient Program, the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program, and the Step-Up Apprenticeship Initiative, to promote self-sufficiency and economic opportunity for Broward County Residents. For additional information about the programs, please call Scott Strawbridge, (954) 556-4100, x. 1406.

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP
The Mosaic Group is a full-service events management, marketing and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful. Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (March 4, 2018) – Fort Lauderdale Historical Society (FLHS) has partnered with the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s (HACFL) StepUP Apprenticeship Program to restore the New River Inn, located at 219 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. This partnership will allow apprentices to enhance their construction skills on historical restoration, as well as expand their professional portfolio.

“Our StepUP apprentices are kids that grew up without skills to get a meaningful job – through StepUP we’ve given them the opportunity to learn skills to become gainfully employed,” said Tam English, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale. “The Historical Society has a lot of wonderful historical buildings that need to be preserved and this is a great opportunity for our apprentices to repair and maintain these structures while showing off the skills they’ve gained in this program.”

Restoration of the New River Inn which will be used as an Educational Center will include new flooring, reinforcement of all floor joists, and new drywall. StepUp participants performing the restoration will include one supervisor and up to four apprentices.

“Partnering with the StepUP program allows us to provide opportunities to apprentices who are building a new career in construction services. This partnership offers a unique experience that they would not have working on modern buildings,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. “Learning this system will open doors for them to restore other historical buildings, which is the heart of our mission – to cost effectively preserve structures rather than demolish and rebuild new ones.”

The StepUP apprentices will perform additional restoration work such as building windows, painting, basic plumbing, and general building maintenance on six FLHS buildings.

The StepUP Apprenticeship Program is a state certified program created by the HACFL in 1994 to provide apprentices with the opportunity to create a portfolio of education, training, and employment skills to increase their potential for permanent employment and economic self-sufficiency. During the program, apprentices are trained in construction skills with a specialty in housing rehabilitation and building maintenance for occupations in the public and private sectors. All apprentices are required to obtain their GED while in the program. The program trains low-income public housing residents and at-risk youth, and has succeeded in helping hundreds of Fort Lauderdale neighbors find pathways out of poverty, while improving the public realm in the City.

“This is a unique opportunity for these men and women to hone their skills as they learn about the earlier stages of development and construction in our City. With this work, the StepUP story is now woven into the historic fabric of Old Fort Lauderdale,” expressed Scott Strawbridge, director of Development and Facilities of the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale. “When our apprentices improve properties, they invariably experience a sense of pride and sense of place. We think this work can benefit our cities in the future.”

FLHS AND STEP UP PARTNERSHIP

To learn more about the HACFL StepUP Apprenticeship Program, contact Scott Strawbridge at 954-525-6444 /
SStrawbridge@hacfl.com or visit www.hacfl.com.

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ABOUT HACFL
The Housing Authority has been committed to safe, decent, and affordable housing to low-income residents in Broward County since 1928 and currently manages approximately 95 public housing units, 170 affordable housing units, 945 tax credit units, and administers over 3,100 housing choice vouchers. In addition to offering affordable rental housing and several public housing sites, the Housing Authority administers numerous programs, such as the Family Self-Sufficient Program, the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program, and the Step-Up Apprenticeship Initiative, to promote self-sufficiency and economic opportunity for Broward County Residents. For additional information about the programs, please call Scott Strawbridge, (954) 556-4100, x. 1406.

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP
The Mosaic Group is a full service events management, marketing and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful. Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.

(Davie,  FL  –  January  25,  2018)  –  The  Community  Reinvestment  Alliance  of  South  Florida  (CRASF)  will  host  its  3rd Annual   South   Florida   Community   Reinvestment   Summit   on   January   25,   2018   at   the   Signature   Grand   located   at   6900   FL-­‐84,   Davie,   FL.   More   than   200   community   leaders,   as   well   as   community-­‐based   organizations,   financial   institutions,   public   officials,   and   national   speakers   will   convene   to   discuss   innovative   initiatives   and   solutions   several  economic,  social,  and  environmental  issues.  This  year’s  theme  is  “Economic  prosperity  for  the  people,  by   the  people”.

Joining   this   year’s   Summit   are   Jesse   Van   Tol,   COO   at   The   National   Community   Reinvestment   Coalition   (NCRC);   Phillip  W.  Bracken,  Chairman  of  the  Board  &  Founder  of  America’s  Home  Alliance;  Stella  Adams,  Chief  Equity  and   Inclusion  for  the  National  Community  Reinvestment  Coalition;  Evelyn  S.  Dobson,  CEO  of  Delray  Beach  Community   Land   Trust;   Cornell   Crews,   Executive   Director   of   CRASF;   Maria   Coto,   Executive   Director   at   Partners   For   Self   Employment  Inc.;  Adrian  Madriz,  Project  Lead  at  Struggle  for  Miami’s  Affordable  and  Sustainable  Housing  (SMASH);   Don   Patterson,   REVA   Development   Corporation;   Courtney   Biscardi,   Sr.   VP   of   Operations   and   Strategy   at   Urban   League  of  Broward  County  and  Bob  Dickerson,  Executive  Director  of  Birmingham  Business  Resource  Center  and   CEO  of  Foundation  Capital.

The  Summit  will  cover  the  following  topics:

Session  1  (10:00  a.m.  –  11:30  a.m.):

  • Community  Reinvestment  Act  101
  • Displacement  and  Gentrification
  • Small  Business  and  the  CRA
  • Cultural  Arts:  Tools  for  Economic  Development

Session 2 (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.):

• How Climate Gentrification will Affect Low and Moderate Income Households
• Payday Lenders, Racial Equity and Racial Gap
• Social Determinants of Health
• How CRA can Build Power in Low-Income Communities

Registration for the Summit is $25 per person or $100 for an annual membership to CRASF and the Summit.
Register at 2018crasfsummit.eventbrite.com. As a give back to the community and its attendees the Community
Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida has decided to raffle off a complimentary room at the Renaissance
Plantation Hotel to one of its attendees. One lucky attendee will have the opportunity to stay at the beautiful
Renaissance Plantation Hotel on the night of January 24, 2018; the hotel is a 5-minute drive to the Signature Grand.

 

The Community Reinvestment Alliance of South Florida (CRASF), 501 (c) 3, is a collaboration comprised of
community leaders from a variety of public and private sectors including: non-profit organizations; local
businesses; community reinvestment organizations; minority, women-owned and disability organizations; social
service providers; civil rights advocacy organizations; faith-based organizations; labor groups; affordable, accessible
and fair housing organizations; governmental agencies; and engaged individuals. The mission of CRASF is to ensure
fair and equal access to financial services/products, and increased community investments, as well as create,
support, and implement sustainable solutions to enhance and empower neighborhood and individual wellbeing.
To learn more about CRASF, visit www.crasf.org, call (786) 361-2673 or email info@crasf.org.

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ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP
The Mosaic Group is a full service events management, marketing and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful. Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL (January 12, 2018) – Broward College awarded the Housing Authority of the City of Fort
Lauderdale’s (HACFL) StepUp Apprenticeship Program $5,000 to support their Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service event. The event will take place on Saturday, January 13 at Northwest Gardens IV Community Room, located at 1225 NW 7th Street, Fort Lauderdale. There will be two sessions: 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, StepUp Apprentices will hold an educational program that highlights each individuals’ particular trade and inspire youth to rise above the odds. ‘Construction Kids’ is a fun and hands-on learning experience for children and youths, ages 6 to 18. The children will showcase their talents and create anything they want with help of their imagination, some wood, a hammer and nails. On this project, HACFL partnered with our tax credit properties to serve children within those sites.

MLK Day of Service also includes meaningful activities that meet and identify community needs; engages volunteers in service; recruits a diverse cross-section of the community as volunteers; and provides opportunities for sustained service and ongoing community involvement.

The Broward College MLK Day of Service Award seeks to highlight the same goals for the upcoming year by promoting an MLK Day of Service. This project offers awards to organizations or groups that develops and completes a service project that will positively impact the community, while honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacies of non-violent activism, racial equality, service to others and social uplift, as he would have, with a “Day On” of service, not a “Day Off.”

A maximum enrollment of 35 kids is scheduled per session. To sign up visit any of the three HACFL offices located at Northwest Gardens, Dixie Court, and Kennedy Homes, or contact Aunturia Johnson at (954) 556-4100, ext. 1414.

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ABOUT HACFL
The Housing Authority has been committed to safe, decent, and affordable housing to low-income residents in Broward County since 1928 and currently manages approximately 95 public housing units, 170 affordable housing units, 945 tax credit units, and administers over 3,100 housing choice vouchers. In addition to offering affordable rental housing and several public housing sites, the Housing Authority administers numerous programs, such as the Family Self-Sufficient Program, the Housing Choice Voucher Home ownership Program, and the Step-Up Apprenticeship Initiative, to promote self-sufficiency and economic opportunity for Broward County Residents. For additional information about the programs, please call Scott Strawbridge, (954) 556-4100, x. 1406.

ABOUT THE MOSAIC GROUP
The Mosaic Group is a full service events management, marketing and public relations firm, which employ experienced specialists to make any event, campaign and community involvement effort successful. Our clients are organizations that are interested in diversification, increasing their visibility in the community and developing mass marketing opportunities.