A groundbreaking ceremony for the first home in Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County’s Kennedy Estates Phase II project is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The new owners will be Andrene and Ernest Beckford-Lyew and their three children, who are between the ages of 8 and 16. Like all Habitat owners, the family is required to contribute at least 500 hours of “sweat equity” to build the single-family house.
“We expect the development to revitalize the neighborhood, ” said Bernie Godek, executive director of Palm Beach County Habitat For Humanity. “We have already seen improvements, and reductions in crime, since Kennedy Estates I was completed.”
Kennedy Estates I — on the other side of Jupiter Gardens Drive from Kennedy Estates II in the unincorporated Palm Beach County neighborhood southwest of the intersection of Indiantown Road and Interstate 95 — is a 27-house Habitat project completed in 2011. Phase I currently houses about 100 people, most of them children.
Families must meet income requirements depending on the size of their families to qualify for a Habitat home. The family must have regular income for the 30-year, interest-free mortgage with Habitat. They must work at least 500 hours on the house.
Habitat has built 157 houses in Palm Beach County since 1986, more than half of them since 2007. Habitat recently finished a 36-house project in Lake Worth. Houses have also been built in Lake Park, Pahokee, Riviera Beach, Greenacres and West Palm Beach.
“Habitat houses contribute to helping residents find homes and revive neighborhoods,” Godek said.
For more information or to volunteer, call (561) 253-2080 or go online to habitatpbc.org.