Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh

Our Mission
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh is dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing in partnership with families in need. Reaching across religious, cultural, and racial boundaries, we seek to restore a sense of community with the common goal of strong neighborhoods and dignity through home ownership
Our History
Since affiliation with Habitat for Humanity International in October 1999, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh has acquired 12 abandoned houses in the City of Newburgh for rehabilitation; raised over $400,000 from area businesses and individuals; organized over 200 active volunteers; completed 8 houses and is now working towards the completion of 2 more. Our funding is solely from private donations with no government funding accepted towards the construction and rehabilitation of our houses.
Our Service Area
Our geographical service area is the eastern part of Orange County, NY bordered on the south by Rockland County, on the north by Ulster County, and on the east by the Hudson River. Our work began in the community of greatest need, the City of Newburgh where there are 4,080 households with incomes below 50% of the Orange County median. Over 450 families are on the waiting list for subsidized housing, 18% of the housing stock is considered to be substandard, and another 10% is vacant due to fire damage or boarded up buildings.
Our Work
Habitat is not a hand out, but a hand up. Through volunteer labor, tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple, decent houses in partnership with homeowner families. The single-family homes, which cost an average of $45 -50,000, are then sold to the partner families with a no-interest, 20-year mortgage. The mortgage payments go into an ongoing building fund to support the building of more Habitat houses.

Job Openings

Site Facilitator/Contract Manager Site Facilitator/Contract Manager
Resource Development Manager
AmeriCorpsVISTA – 3 positions
Our Partner Families
Habitat partner families are chosen based on their need for decent, affordable housing, a family income which falls between 25 and 50% of the Orange County median family income, their ability to pay the no-interest mortgage, and their willingness to put in the required hours of sweat equity working with volunteers on their house and the future homes of other Habitat families. In addition, the family must have legal US residency status and lived in our service area for one year. Habitat families could not achieve home ownership through conventional means. It is our experience that the Habitat monthly payment is far less than the family is accustomed to paying in rent further stabilizing the family’s well being.


Why You Should Not Hire a Contractor not Certified by ACCA and NATE

The worst thing that could happen to you during winter or summer is the breakdown of your HVAC system. While no one would wish this to happen, it unfortunately does. Your freedom to choose the best repair contractor would be limited in such a situation. You would likely end up settling for just anyone available. There are many reasons however, why you should never think of hiring a contractor who is not ACCA and NATE accredited.

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It is also likely that the contractor you hired during purchase and installation of the system was not well fit for the job. An accredited contractor will always be in a position to advise you about the best type of equipment available. Professional contractors would also inspect any loopholes that are likely to cause failure during the most crucial time. While there are many considerations, you need to look into when choosing a contractor, one of the most important factors to consider is whether he holds the correct certifications.

Air Conditioning Contractors of America, ACCA, is a nationwide certification agency that supports reputable contractors. Together with North American Technician Excellence, NATE, they are non-profit HVAC accreditation entities. These entities strive to list contractors that have passed the mark of excellence.

ACCA has over a whopping 40 years of experience and is concerned with all the activities related to the HVAC industry. They offer their services all over the streets of Washington D.C. and also specialize in door to door services. The agency brings together technicians for training sessions where their skills are fine-tuned for higher levels of accuracy and efficiency. This allows them to handle any complicated issue in a professional manner.

NATE, on the other hand, has been in the industry for over a whopping 20 years and their level of technicians’ preparation is above the board. Technicians are presented with real-world exams based on their knowledge to determine how well they are prepared to fix issues that arise with HVAC systems. Occasionally, experts are also provided with online resources to ensure that their certification is always up to date. Professionals registered with NATE are also required to get recertified every two years.

The purpose of all this training and retraining is to ensure that you only engage the services of a technician who is fully aware of what they are doing. Some of the factors that you should, therefore, look out when hiring a certified contractor include;

  • His level of training and experience
  • The current rating of expertise and proficiency.
  • How well they understand your needs as a customer and the problem at hand

Once you satisfactorily get answers to these three questions, you have the guarantee that your HVAC system will be in safe hands. In case you are in doubt, you can always check out with ACCA and NATE to see whether a particular contractor is registered or not. When it comes to such a fragile and expensive equipment, you would rather be safe than sorry.

If you need the services of a professional and experienced NATE certified HVAC engineer, just contact our friendly team today for more information.

Helping Those in Need in North Carolina

Hurricane Matthew wrecked havoc in the Southeast, and North Carolina was one of the states that caught much of it’s fury. Thankfully, organizations like Habitat for Humanity exist, that can show up, and immediately start helping the victims of this tragedy, to get back on their feet.

The residents out of Fayetville are adamant about rebuilding, and now they have an organization behind them that can help them start the process. Read more about it here: Habitat for Humanity to help flood victims rebuild

New Ground Is Constantly Being Broken

If you know anything about the organization, you know Habitat projects are constantly breaking ground on a regular basis throughout the country, and the world. One of the goals of the organization is to create simple, decent, and affordable housing for people in need; and that’s exactly what’s happening in the county of Riverside in California.

Although the mission of the company is “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope,” the members of the team don’t push their religious beliefs onto others working with. or alongside, them – something that turns off most people working with other organizations with similar intentions.

To learn more about how to start working alongside our team, visit us at http://www.habitat.org/getinv