Homeownership is equity, with benefits that span generations and increase the wealth, health, and education of our communities.
Take a closer look at the many locations where Habitat NYC and Westchester has made an impact.
We’re thrilled to announce the latest milestone on our journey to create equity building opportunities for families, this time in Southeast Queens. Habitat Net Zero will meet Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and incorporate Passive House elements, reducing heat and cooling demand by up to 90 percent and energy demand by up to 75 percent. These energy efficient, modular homes will be the first new construction properties on the Interboro Community Land Trust (CLT).
789 MacDonough Street is a 41-unit affordable co-op building in Central Brooklyn. The Board of the co-op hired Habitat NYC and Westchester to paint the interior hallways and lobby, fix some crumbling masonry by the windows and on the roof and to work on the interior floors and ceiling.
Habitat NYC’s Housing Preservation Program provides buildings like 789 MacDonough with zero- or low-cost painting, repairs, financial assistance and Board training, and more.
Haven Green is a LGBTQ-friendly senior housing development expected to consist of 123-unit deeply affordable apartments for low-income seniors with thirty-seven apartments for seniors who have been homeless. The development will include over 8,000 square feet of publicly- accessible green space, flexible community activity space, as well as onsite and community services provided by Riseboro Community Partnership, Habitat NYC and Westchester and SAGE. The project will be built to Passive House standards, reducing the building’s utility expense and carbon emissions, keeping our city greener and healthier. The building and the public open space will be designed to manage and reuse stormwater. The development will also include the new headquarters for Habitat for Humanity New York City and Westchester County.
Sydney House, a joint venture with the Almat Group, will provide 56 hard-working New York City families the chance to become first-time homeowners in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx. This cooperative development will include 26 one-bedroom, 23 two-bedroom, and seven three-bedroom apartments as well as ample community space for residents. Sydney House will be the largest multi-family development built by a Habitat for Humanity affiliate to date. Building amenities will include parking (additional fee applies) for vehicles and bicycles, laundry facilities, and a community area.
Located in Ocean-Hill/Brownsville in Brooklyn, Dean Street is a four-story, multi-family condo building, comprising 15 two-bedroom apartments. Among the building’s many amenities are a landscaped rear yard and on-site laundry facilities. Dean Street is also a certified Enterprise Green Communities building, meaning residents benefit from lowered utility costs and a more sustainable environment.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2013, Habitat NYC and Westchester sprang into action, launching our Critical Home Repair program to help low- to moderate-income homeowners repair their homes. Hurricane Sandy hit New York City on October 29, 2012, taking the lives of 53 New Yorkers, crippling the city and affecting countless New Yorkers. With the help of thousands of volunteers, we mucked out 61 homes in the immediate aftermath and in the proceeding four years, we have performed substantial repairs on 65 homes across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Habitat NYC and Westchester has acquired a vast portfolio of dilapidated single-family homes from the New York City Housing Authority. Habitat NYC and Westchester gut-renovates, or in some cases completely tears down these homes, creating well-built homes out of what were once eyesores.
The homes are scattered across Queens, but are concentrated in the Southeastern section of the borough.
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