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TWO SOUTH FLORIDA FAMILIES MOVE INTO NEW HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOMES

 BankAtlantic/Habitat Partnership Opens New Vistas
 For The Hicksons & The Wilsons
 Broward and Dade Citizens Attend Ceremony in Dania
 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Two South Florida families -- the Hicksons and the Wilsons -- received keys to their new, volunteer-built, Habitat For Humanity, three-bedroom, one-bath homes at a special, community ceremony this morning at the site of their new homes in south Broward County.
 South Florida citizens along with civic, business, governmental and religious leaders, gathered in Dania when Habitat For Humanity of Broward County and BankAtlantic presented the two newly built, BankAtlantic-sponsored homes to the South Florida families. The homes, located at 277 and 288 N.W. 13th Court in Dania, were constructed with volunteer labor.
 Sherlanne Hickson, a school bus driver for Broward County Schools, and her four children will move into one home. Richard Wilson, who works at Manor Care, a Broward nursing home, and his wife, Sharon, who works as assistant manager of housekeeping at Fort Lauderdale's Pier 66, will move into the other home with their four children.
 Today's ceremony and dedication commemorated the first homes to be presented since BankAtlantic and Habitat For Humanity launched a unique partnership last summer to provide affordable housing for low-income families throughout Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
 Fort Lauderdale-based BankAtlantic financed the homes with interest- free mortgages which were part of an initial $250,000 committed by the financial institution. BankAtlantic has also led a $1 million fund- raising drive to encourage other financial institutions and companies to support this program.
 "BankAtlantic is delighted to have acted as a catalyst in this call to action to other South Florida financial institutions and companies," Levan said.
 During this morning's colorful ceremony, participants presented the Hickson and Wilson families with four symbolic items: bread for sustenance; a candle so there will always be light in their lives; salt to add flavor to life; and sugar to give life its sweetness. The ceremony also included a brief musical presentation.
 Since BankAtlantic's initial announcement last June, its employees -- from tellers to executives -- have contributed their time and energy in advancing Habitat's programs. BankAtlantic employees have volunteered to construct houses and raise much-needed funds for Habitat by collecting money at intersections throughout Broward communities and by other fund raising activities.
 In addition to its employee effort, BankAtlantic has donated the use of its 100,000-square-foot warehouse in Coral Springs Industrial Park for material storage. Habitat has estimated that the use of this warehouse space has resulted in a savings of more than 15 percent of the cost of each Habitat home. The financial institution also provides Habitat For Humanity with a full floor of office space in the BankAtlantic building at 1501 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach.
 Each new homeowner family provided at least 500 hours of labor, or "sweat equity", in building their homes. Including these two houses, additional BankAtlantic-sponsored homes are slated for construction this year in Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach and other Palm Beach sites.
 The homes dedicated today are the first Habitat For Humanity homes completed in Broward County since Hurricane Andrew raged through South Florida. The quality of Habitat For Humanity homes, all of which survived the hurricane, has captured the attention of the entire nation.
 BankAtlantic has served South Florida residents and businesses for more than 40 years and operates 31 branches throughout Broward, Palm Beach and Dade counties.
 -0- 1/27/93
 /CONTACT: David Finkelman of BankAtlantic, 305-760-5401; or Lew Frazar of Habitat For Humanity, 305-941-0404/


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