Global Paint To Launch First Housing Development Project in Broward County Florida
Earlier last month, the Founder and CEO of Global Paint Rony Delgarde met with the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Program Director Dahlia Baker, Mayor Lamar Fischer of Pompano Beach, General Services Director Otis Thomas and City Commissioners Ed Phillips and Dale V.C. Holnes of Broward County Florida to form a partnership for a pilot project to improve the living conditions of elderly people in Collier City in Pompano Beach Florida. In a project similar to one in Broward County Florida, The Faith Construction, CRA and Global Paint volunteers will renovate or repaint homes for up to 300 elderly families in the initial phase of what is being termed the “Global Paint Housing Renovation Development Project’.
This marks the first Global Paint Housing Development project within the Pompano Beach areas, home to more than 100k people and 19.5k people live in the Collier City areas. The Pompano Beach County officials are involved with the project to renovate homes for elderly residents in the city.
According to the Pompano Beach Gov website, Collier City has historically been one of the most deprived areas of Broward County. The CRA has designated the NW 31st Avenue corridor of Collier City as well as the NW 27th Avenue corridor as priority target areas for renovation and redevelopment.
The neighbors in the City are low income, making it among the lowest income cities in America. NeighborhoodScout’s research shows that this city has an income lower than 91.4% of U.S. cities. With 44.4% of the youth there below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 86.4% of U.S. cities. About 45.7% of the population is employed, the 80% of youth is unemployed, with 20.2% of the youth has graduated from high school.
In the Collier city in Pompano Beach, FL, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Haitian (18.2%). There are also a number of people of Jamaican ancestry (6.7%), and residents who report Puerto Rican roots (4.2%), and some of the residents are also of German ancestry (2.9%), along with some Italian ancestry residents (2.5%), among others. In addition, 16.9% of the residents of this city were born in another country.
The languages spoken by people in this city are diverse. These are charted as the languages people favorably speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the Collier city is English, spoken by 74.2% of households. Other important languages spoken there include Spanish, Creole and French.
By the end of 2014, more than 19.5 thousand of the city’s residents were above 60 years in age. More than three-in-ten live by themselves. Many lack family support, and are dependent on government subsidies, food stamps, usually averaging around USD$133 a month, for survival. These elderly residents currently live in old homes, which are not suited to the special needs of the elderly or disabled.
Speaking at the meeting, The Collier City Commissioner Ed Phillips stated: “We look forward to the support of Global Paint for Charity and other organizations and concerned people here to help improve these efforts, and provide better home and care to Collier City’s senior citizens. We hope to expand our efforts throughout the Pompano Beach areas in the near future.’
The Housing Renovation and Urban Development Project in the Collier City, Pompano Beach Florida will complement other Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Program to meet the community needs of youth and senior citizens, including health, job training and skill development, said Program Director Dahlia Baker.
The donations of paint and related supplies from Global Paint for Charity for our programs will help provide a workforce development project where some of our general contractors will provide free house painting for some of our more vulnerable senior residents to improve the exterior of their homes and at the same time teach the (youth) trade to trainee painters. The project to start around the first week of July with each trainee painter to remain in the project for two months then transition to job placement, she added.
Otis Thomas, General Services Director in Broward County Florida, said: “Thanks to the Global Paint for Charity and Rony Delgarde for donating the paint to help our community. We hope that through this project, we can help our senior’s citizens and our youths. “We are aiming to improve the living environment of senior citizens in Collier City renovations and work development for youths, in order that people’s quality of life will be improved.’
Rony Delgarde, Founder and President of the Global Paint, said, “his organization has been very eager to help with whatever needs in Pompano Beach area, and the Collier City Housing Renovation project is a great fit for our mission.’
“I am very honored to be a part of helping the community, specially the people in Pompano Beach, and am very grateful to have the opportunity to visit the Collier City to see the needs. Many thanks to Dahlia Baker and the CRA organization for facilitating these meetings. They give me the opportunity to meet the Broward County Officials, with our entire community coming together; we will be able to stretch beyond impossible. I am delighted to support the project, help change live and beautify the homes in the community, said Rony.’
CRA has also executed numerous projects in Broward County in recent years – including Harbor Village Streetscape Improvements, Martin Luther King, Jr. BLVD Improvements, and Downtown Pompano Improvements. You can find more information about the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) at www.pompanobeachfl.gov.
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