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).
In this exciting project, Habitat for Humanity NYC and Westchester is participating in a joint venture with developer Genesis on our first ANCP (Affordable Neighborhood Cooperative Program) deal. ANCP is the only city-sponsored program that converts rental units in city ownership to HDFC housing cooperatives. The ANCP Morningside cluster comprises three buildings within Morningside Heights, Manhattan, made up of 36 residential units (post-rehab).
In early 2017, Habitat NYC and Westchester broke ground on the three-building SEED development in Brownsville, Brooklyn, which will allow 25 hard-working New York individuals and families to become first-time homeowners. SEED will consist of three new four-story, walk-up buildings including a total of 25 units. The complex will include seven one-bedroom, 15 two-bedroom, and three three-bedroom apartments. Individuals up to families of six are eligible for the apartments.
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.
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.
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.
The 12-unit St. John’s residences in Ocean-Hill/Brownsville, Brooklyn provided a dozen hard-working families with safe, decent and affordable housing. Built on what was once a vacant lot, construction began on the building in 2011.
Completed in 2011, the Melody is a 62-unit condominium in the Bronx. The Melody is the first building in New York City to be designed with features created to combat obesity, like a gym and climbing equipment for children.
When we completed the 41-unit Atlantic Avenue building in 2009, it was the largest multi-family building ever built by Habitat for Humanity. It is LEED Gold certified, meaning the building saves residents some green and keeps Brooklyn green too.
In 2009, Habitat NYC and Westchester built our first-ever "green roof" atop the Fox-Leggett Co-op Apartments in the Longwood neighborhood of the Bronx. The 2,400-square-foot green roof insulates the building from the sun and absorbs up to an inch of rainfall. Eight of the 50 families selected to live in the building are Habitat Homebuyers.
13 hard-working families became Habitat Homeowners in the spring of 2005, when we completed a row of attached homes on 150th Street in the south Bronx.
Our second project in the Bronx began in 2001 in the Tremont neighborhood. Six new single-family, attached row homes were completed in 2002.
When construction began in 2001, this Brooklyn project was the largest Habitat NYC and Westchester had undertaken. The Willoughby Avenue project consists of 20 new, single-family, attached row houses.
In 2000, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter returned to New York City to complete Habitat for Humanity’s 100,000th home on 134th Street in Harlem. During the 2000 Carter Work Project, 2,000 volunteers completed another 19 homes in Jamaica, Queens, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Crotona Park in the Bronx and in Central Harlem.
In 2000, we completed a portfolio of nine single-family homes across Queens, including in St. Albans, South Ozone Park, Jamaica, Springfield Gardens, and Woodhaven.
Our first project in Queens was started in 1997 in the Jamaica neighborhood. This also marks the first Habitat NYC and Westchester home built from the ground up, instead of rehabilitation. Two families became homeowners of the two-story, semi-detached building. They moved into their new home in June 1998.
Completed in 1994, we gut rehabilitated this 21-unit building in the East Village. It was the second-ever Habitat NYC and Westchester project, and the second building to be renovated on East 6th Street – it’s just down the block from our first project, Mascot Flats!
Habitat NYC and Westchester’s very first project, in the 1980’s, Mascot Flats was a run-down multi-family apartment building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Then in 1984, Habitat NYC and Westchester completely renovated the building into safe, decent and affordable housing for 19 hard-working New York City families. It was the first project on which President Jimmy Carter worked! And now, 30 years later, 12 of the 19 original residents still live there – just the beginning of our track record of keeping New Yorkers in their neighborhoods.
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