Source: South Florida SunSentinel | By: Austin Erblat
A partnership between the city of Boynton Beach, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency and Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County cut the ribbon on the completion of the Model Block project at Northwest 11th Avenue and broke ground on two new Habitat single-family homes to be built on the new street.
The project consists of the development of 16 new single-family homes, seven of which have been completed, and infrastructure improvements within the Northwest 11th Avenue right-of-way, according to the CRA. The total cost of the Northwest 11th Avenue project is about $475,000, $75,000 of which came from the CRA in the form of an affordable housing grant for Habitat for Humanity.
“What an exciting, meaningful morning celebrating Habitat’s relationship with the Boynton Beach CRA and the city of Boynton Beach that will bring the five Habitat single-family homes to this Model Block initiative,” said Randy Nobles, president and CEO of the Habitat chapter.
“This collaboration along with the generosity of the presenting home sponsors Sklar Furnishings and Publix Supermarket Charities for our first two homes of five to be built will impact each homebuyer family and the Boynton Beach community for generations to come.”
In attendance at the ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking ceremony were officials from the CRA, the city and Habitat for Humanity, as well as representatives from the two Habitat home sponsors Sklar Furnishings and Publix Supermarket Charities and the Habitat future home buyers, Gretta Ceasar and Reginald Moss, both residents of Delray Beach.
At 14, when her parents divorced, Ceasar moved to Delray Beach from Alabama.
“Her son Marcus was born with several congenital disorders,” Habitat wrote in a statement about Ceasar, who has worked for Palm Tran for nearly six years.
“The doctors believed Marcus wouldn’t live long but with the continuous help of occupational and speech therapy he was able to work through his disabilities. In April of 2015, Gretta was diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After eight months of extensive treatment, the doctors found more cancer. Gretta was ready to give up but when the tests eventually came back benign, she chose to see this as God giving her another chance. Gretta had a new outlook on life and decided to volunteer at a local voting poll.”
Moss, whose parents also separated when he was a child, after graduating from Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, cared for his two chronically ill aunts who he was living with until they died.
“Reginald was forced to continue to reside in his grandparents’ home while taking on the responsibility of fatherhood,” Habitat said in the statement.
“Reginald is now a proud father of five children: Reginald Jr., Shanikque, Breanna, Ryan and the youngest Reagan, who currently lives with him now. Reginald’s passion for helping people is not only evident in the way he serves his family, but also members of his community. For the past 18 years, Reginald has worked in nutritional services at Delray Medical Center.”