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.

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