For the past 36 years, we’ve been transforming homes and apartment buildings into safe, healthy housing for hard-working families. Our latest renovation is a little bit different…. it’s out own name!
Back in October of 2020, we announced that we are expanding our mission into Westchester County, New York, just north of the Bronx. Since then, we’ve held a six-month listening tour of the county, talking with residents, supporters and stakeholders about how they would like to see us work in their communities, and to introduce the organization’s history, impact, and initial strategies to the county in a safe and socially distanced setting. As we concluded the listening tour this month, we have a few more changes coming.
As of today, we are proud to introduce our new name, Habitat for Humanity New York City and Westchester County (Habitat NYC and Westchester), and a brand-new logo to go with it! While this change may seem small, it reflects the nearly one million New Yorkers who call Westchester County home, and who we now serve.
“We’re adapting our strategies and name to reflect the diversity of families and communities we seek to serve from Coney Island to North Salem, as we grow from creating, preserving, and advocating for affordable homeownership and rental opportunities across New York City to across more than 48 cities, towns, and villages of Westchester County.” —Karen Haycox, CEO of Habitat NYC and Westchester
We’ll establish roots in Westchester County, co-locating within the Housing Action Council, one of the county’s best known and well-respected affordable housing non-profits, in Tarrytown, NY. In the coming months, we will launch two, local, entities rooted in the geographies we serve: NYC Habitat for Humanity; and Westchester County Habitat for Humanity. Habitat NYC and Westchester will serve as the governing entity for both organizations and will provide centralized staffing, communications, fundraising capacity, volunteer coordination, regional advocacy mobilization, and good governance.
Partners, donors, volunteers, and advocates can visit the rebranded website at www.habitatnycwc.org to get involved and can stay up-to-date with projects and opportunities by liking and following on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Are you a fan of the Queens-area Habitat ReStore? Us too! The store, located on Northern Blvd. In Woodside, will now be known as the NYC Habitat ReStore. Donations and donations pickups will continue across the New York City and Westchester County service area. In even more exciting news, we are preparing to open a second location in the region, the Westchester County Habitat ReStore.
With all of this new information, you may be asking; What has stayed the same? Well, our mission to transform lives and communities, and to build safe, affordable homes for hard-working families hasn’t changed a bit. We are still the same Habitat that’s served more than 1,900 families, diverted thousands of tons of waste from landfills, advocated for housing justice across the city, state and country and changed countless lives.
This is the perfect time to get involved with Habitat NYC and Westchester! You can volunteer, donate or advocate at our site. From Astoria to Yonkers, Armonk to Woodside, we will be here, serving the communities of New York City and Westchester County.