Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County recently opened a satellite office in Belle Glade. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place in January.
The Lake Okeechobee-area cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay are home to some of the lowest-income families in the area, and thanks in part to grants, donors and sponsors, Habitat for Humanity can enhance its focus on home-building efforts in the western communities. The new western office will make it easier for the organization to build local relationships and recruit volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated a home in Belle Glade and four more homes are scheduled to be built during the year. In addition, leaders in South Bay recently transferred five vacant parcels to Habitat for Humanity, and the City of Pahokee transferred three vacant parcels.
According to recent data, the per-capita income in Belle Glade is just over $13,000 per year and 60 percent of residents rent their homes. Countywide, nearly 70 percent of residents are homeowners.
Pictured above: From left, Chris Nordstrom, Dan Liftman, Dr. Robert Rease, South Bay Mayor Joe Kyles, Belle Glade Mayor Steve Wilson, Alicia Wilson, Erin Maddocks and Rev. Nicholas O’Neal at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County’s new Belle Glade office. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County