Sheree and Julian both grew up in the Bronx, not far from their new home at Sydney House. Not to be left out, the couple’s four-year-old daughter, Sadie, was born in the borough too! They didn’t want to leave their hometown, but as the family grew and rental costs in the Bronx rose faster and faster, they were facing the possibility of being forced out of the borough they love.
The family enjoys reading and experiencing the outdoors together – they love the Bronx for its beautiful outdoor spaces and hiking trails! Julian is an industrial engineer for UPS, creating the daily schedule for the operation and flow of packages. Sheree is a dietitian who ensures residents receive optimal nutrition at a local nursing home. Sadie is a student who loves to be outside as much as her parents. The family lived in the same one-bedroom apartment for more than two decades, prior to moving into Sydney House.
The building is nice – quiet and clean – but it’s not theirs. It’s not forever. It’s not permanent. Sheree and Julian knew they wanted to buy a home – they even got pre-approved for a mortgage prior, but they never made an offer on a home because they wanted to pay down some other debts first. But they never stopped dreaming of a home.
As they scanned the City’s Housing Connect website one day, they saw Habitat NYC’s Sydney House co-op. It’s in the Bronx, and even in the same neighborhood Julian and Sheree grew up! It was perfect – their chance to own a piece of the borough they love. They started saving, and were soon accepted into Habitat NYC’s Home Purchase Program.
The family is so excited to provide a stable home for Sadie, and yes, Sydney House is close to a variety of the Bronx’s best outdoor activities!