Since 1984, Habitat for Humanity New York City has completed over 400 homes with families throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We renovate old buildings and homes and also create new housing on in-fill lots.
Habitat NYC has worked in some of the most distressed communities in the Bronx. We have built affordable homes and revived communities in Mott Haven, Morris Heights, Crotona Park, and Longwood, neighborhoods with a critical housing need.
The Bronx has a continued need for affordable housing. It remains the poorest urban county in the nation and is the New York City borough with some of the highest rates of substandard housing and lowest rates of homeownership.
Brooklyn has the greatest share of New York City's population — nearly 2.5 million people, 30 percent of all New Yorkers. One-third of families with children under 5 years of age live below the poverty level. Brooklyn has one of the lowest vacancy rates and one of the highest percentages of households that spend more than 50 percent of their income for rent.
Habitat NYC has built more than 100 homes in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, East Flatbush and Ocean Hill-Brownsville. Our building models are extremely diverse — from single family homes to a LEED Gold certified 41-condominium complex. Our Atlantic Avenue Residences, completed in 2009, was the largest multifamily complex ever built by a U.S. Habitat affiliate.
Manhattan is home to more than 1.5 million residents and19 percent of all New Yorkers. It is the most densely populated area in the United States and residents here pay the some of the highest rates for monthly rent.
President Jimmy Carter visited his first Habitat for Humanity building site and agreed to volunteer with other members of his church. That was the beginning of the powerful partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the Carters and the birth of the Jimmy Carter Work Project, now held every year at different sites around the world. The project returns to New York in 2013.
In Manhattan, Habitat NYC has focused on rehabilitating old buildings. Harlem projects include 36 completed, rehabilitated condominium apartments. To date, Habitat NYC has completed more than 80 homes in the borough.
Queens is the most diverse county in the United States. It is a haven for new immigrants and people of all faiths and ethnicities and in dire need of affordable housing. Queens is home to the largest number of illegal, unregulated and unsafe makeshift housing units in New York.
Habitat NYC has completed more than 50 homes in the borough. We have built homes in South Ozone Park, St. Albans, Jamaica, Springfield Gardens and Woodhaven. We also continue to be a part of numerous community revitalization projects in a number of different neighborhoods.
Habitat for Humanity New York City transforms lives by building quality homes with families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing.