Queens & Brooklyn - Queens Phase 2
Habitat NYC acquired a second portfolio of vacant and dilapidated single-family homes from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) with the goal of rehabilitating them as affordable, energy efficient homes. Work will commence later this year on a total of 23 homes, three of which are located in Brooklyn. The homes, formerly in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) program, had their titles revert back to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development agency (HUD) in the 1970s. Because many of these properties have been vacant for long periods of time, they have fallen into severe disrepair and are negatively impacting the surrounding communities.
Rehabilitation of these homes will be funded in part by the NY Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and this project will also incorporate a sustainable design approach. Homes will meet both Enterprise Green Communities and Energy Star standards.
Brooklyn - Dean Street Residences Condominium
In early 2016, Habitat NYC began construction on our newest development, the Dean Street Residences. Located in the Ocean-Hill/Brownsville section of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, Dean Street will be a four-story, multi-family building, comprised of 15 two-bedroom apartments. Each unit will be affordable for working families earning 50 – 80 percent of New York City’s average median income (AMI).
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 will benefit from lowered utility costs and a more sustainable environment.
The "Seed" Co-operative Apartments
In early 2017, Habitat for Humanity New York City will break ground on the three-building “Seed” development which will allow 25 hard-working New York individuals and families to become first-time homeowners. The complex will consist of three new four-story, walk-up buildings including a total of 25 units; seven one-bedroom, 15 two-bedroom, and three three-bedroom co-operative apartments.
Seed will blossom in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. Vacant for years, the 19,300 square-foot site is currently owned by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation Development (HPD), from which Habitat NYC will acquire the property.
The project will incorporate a sustainable design approach and be certified by Enterprise Green Communities and EPA Energy Star, helping to keep utility costs low and keep New York City clean.
Bronx – Sydney House
Habitat NYC has acquired the property on which to build an affordable, 57-unit cooperative building in the Bronx. This development will include a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments to be sold to first-time homebuyers with low to moderate incomes.
Sydney House, a joint venture between Habitat NYC and the Almat Group, will be the largest multi-family development built by a Habitat for Humanity affiliate to date. Other partners in this project include the Office of the Bronx Borough President, New York City Councilmember Andy King, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation.
Critical Home Repair
Critical Home Repairs in Staten Island and Brooklyn
Habitat NYC’s Critical Home Repair (CHR) program launched in 2012 with the mission of repairing Superstorm Sandy-ravaged homes across the city. Since that time, CHR has repaired more than 60 homes, changing lives and revitalizing communities damaged during the deadly storm. The CHR staff will be completing its final Sandy repair projects by the end of 2016.
In 2017, the Critical Home Repair Program will shift its focus towards preservation that enables low-income homeowners who want to remain in their homes but require repairs/modifications to do so. In addition to providing home repairs, we will integrate ongoing technical assistance capacities into our program to ensure that homes remain safe, secure and affordable for future generations.
The scope the CHR work varies from home to home and building to building, but seeks to maximize the opportunity for volunteers and the families we serve to perform the construction. This approach allows us to maximize impact, minimize costs and provide the most rewarding volunteer experience possible.
A Brush with Kindness
The mission of Habitat NYC's A Brush with Kindness (BWK) program is to enhance, beautify and revitalize community spaces in New York City. BWK is about connecting the community through simple acts of kindness so that families can once again live in safe and decent neighborhoods. Volunteers age 14 & up may participate with a signed waiver by a parent or guardian.
We rehabilitate public schools, playgrounds, community centers and public parks, many in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).
Brush with Kindness typically includes:
- Painting interiors and murals
- Landscaping and gardening
- Minor construction tasks
As part of our sustainable building practices, we only use low-VOC paint in the BWK program. If you would like to learn more about the program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Before and After Photos of A Brush with Kindness Sites
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.