Our upcoming Habitat House Party will celebrate our supporters, our city and our future.

Habitat for Humanity New York City has served more than 600 hard-working New York City families over the past 33 years through building and preserving homes. Raising and upholding communities. Strengthening and safeguarding neighborhoods. But we must do more. We’re on track to double the number of low-income New Yorkers served by 2020 and we need your help.

The Habitat House Party will be held at Capitale, a fabulously restored bank building on the Bowery. A street rich in New York City history – one that has seen rapid change. It’s a most fitting venue. At Habitat NYC, we know a few things about restoring buildings and making people feel at home in them.




Melinda Katz
Queens Borough President

Melinda Katz has been a dedicated public servant for nearly 20 years, serving in key governmental positions on both the city and state level. 
Melinda represented Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth, South Elmhurst and Richmond Hill as City Council Member from 2002 to 2009. She rose to Chair the influential Land Use Committee which, under her leadership, secured private-sector partnerships that led to the creation of over 15,000 units of affordable housing. Melinda championed zoning measures that paved the way for redevelopment projects in all five boroughs, while safeguarding communities from overdevelopment.
Prior to being elected to the Council, Melinda served as Director of Community Boards for Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, helping to develop city budget priorities, plan economic development projects for Queens, and designate sites for city facilities. Melinda also represented Forest Hills, Rego Park, Middle Village and Glendale in the State Assembly from 1994 to 1999.


Henry Kuykendall
Delta Air Lines Senior Vice President, Airport Operations – Northeast

As Senior Vice President, Airport Operations – Northeast, Henry is charged with overseeing airline operations at LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport. Kuykendall currently serves on the boards of directors for the YMCA of Greater New York, New York Building Congress, The Business Council of New York State and the Queens Chamber of Commerce.  He is a graduate of West Los Angeles College and University of Phoenix.
Delta Air Lines is commemorating a milestone with Habitat for Humanity New York City. The airline has supported the mission of Habitat NYC for 10 years with a total of one million dollars in giving – assisting hard-working New York families achieve the dream of owning their home.


Special Guests

Habitat Homeowners

Erneita Daley, Habitat Homebuyer, Brooklyn

Mafijul Bhuiyan, Habitat Homeowner, Queens


Cat Greenleaf
Moderator – Host, Talk Stoop

Clive Rainey
Moderator – Habitat for Humanity’s first volunteer



Neighbors from across the boroughs will sit family style, sharing delicious food and warm conversation. Reaching across the table and across geographies to come together. Music and delectable drinks will round out the festivities.

The evening will offer guests surprises and delights, much like the city itself. Interactive elements will be aimed at bringing folks together and getting them talking.



Join us as we celebrate all we have done and all we will do. New York is your city. These are your neighbors. Join us.


Habitat House Party Sponsors


Habitat House Party
Host Committee

  • Martha Parrish, Co-Chair
  • Anthony Montalto, Co-Chair
  • Vimla Black Gupta
  • John Isaacs
  • Denise Courter

  • Jaclyn Tacoronte
  • Claudia Morse
  • Emily Bergl
  • Edwin Stone
  • Blair A. Lichter