Habitat For Humanity Of Broward Receives Record $6.75 Million Gift From Philanthropist Mackenzie Scott

Habitat for Humanity of Broward is receiving the largest gift in its history, a $6.75 million gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, who announced the transformational donation as part of a $436 million contribution to Habitat for Humanity International and 84 U.S. Habitat affiliates, including Habitat Broward.  Habitat Broward is one of seven Habitat affiliates in Florida to receive millions of dollars as part of the MacKenzie Scott donation.  Habitat Broward will use the $6.75 million gift for development and construction of dozens of new homes, all geared to providing affordable workforce housing to more Broward families. “This transformational gift will allow us to amplify our work and do so much more, so much faster,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat Broward.  “We are humbled by the recognition and proud to partner with MacKenzie Scott to address inequities in underserved communities through homeownership.”  Broward is one of the nation’s most cost-burdened housing markets, due to high home prices and low wages, putting homeownership out of reach to more than 80 percent of the population.  According to the Broward, Palm Beaches & St. Lucie Realtors, the median single-family home price in Broward in February, 2022 was $519,000, far higher than most people can afford.  Habitat for Humanity International will use its $25 million portion of the donation to prioritize advocacy and programmatic efforts designed to dismantle systemic racism in housing, according to Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford. “Habitat works to break down barriers and bring people together, to tear down obstacles and build a world where everyone, no matter who we are or where we come from, has a decent place to live,” said Reckford.  “This incredible gift helps make that work possible.”  Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of homeownership.