The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and eight of its members sponsored a home build with Habitat Broward to construct the first two-story duplex in Fort Lauderdale designed to house two separate families.
As the home nears completion, MIASF and sponsor members will be joined Saturday by United Way/Mission United volunteers for a special build day with military veterans to install landscaping at the house.
The MIASF said Habitat for Humanity has shown that with safe, affordable housing and access to the proper resources, families can provide stability for their children, grow a sense of dignity and pride, improve health and security and increase educational and job prospects.
“That philosophy resonates strongly with MIASF members, who are themselves hard-working proud Americans who like to take advantage of opportunities that support and recognize our nation’s military men and women, in particular,” MIASF executive director Phil Purcell said in a statement.
Earlier this year, MIASF facilitated a partnership with Habitat Broward and United Way/Mission United to identify a veteran family and secure a local home site to give the marine industry community an opportunity to assist in building a home specifically for a military veteran family.