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September 19th, 2012

Habitat breaks ground on E. Parmenter project

Tanice Fisher, Partner Family; Richard F. Herbek, City Manager; Cathy Collins, HfHGN Exec. Director; Evelyn Fisher, Partner Family; and Maureen Crush, HfHGN Board President, at the groundbreaking of the E. Parmenter Street site.
NEWBURGH - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh recently broke ground on Phase III of its planned 24-home, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with pocket parks and Energy Star rated homes near Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh. Five more single attached homes will be built by the end of spring 2013 on E. Parmenter Street in Newburgh providing five more hard-working families with a safe, decent and affordable place to live. Habitat Newburgh chose this day as a way to honor the 9/11 National Day of Remembrance with a special service and give a symbol of hope to the community.

At the ceremony, Rev. Dr. Deke Spierling, chair of Habitat Newburgh’s Faith Relations Committee shared his experience after a recent visit to the Ground Zero Memorial.  He compared the footprints that now hold the waterfalls to the footprints of derelict house that Habitat Newburgh’s volunteers and partner families transform together into places where families can sit together for meals, kids can study, and where all can sleep soundly.  Rev. Spierling concluded, “Out of deep places of despair comes new hope.  On this bare ground will rise new homes of hope.  Faith is our blueprint for building, and in our building we are built anew.”

This development, the first of its kind in a recognized historic district, has replaced blighted and abandoned structures boarded up for over 20 years. Phase I and Phase II of this neighborhood revitalization effort created affordable homes for 9 Habitat families with the final family moving in this past Saturday.

Phase III is being sponsored by the faith communities and will be referred to as “Faith Builds.”  Nearly half of the houses built by Habitat Newburgh have been sponsored by congregations, synagogues, and other faith organizations joining together to pool their efforts. With total project development cost of nearly one million dollars, Habitat Newburgh invites all faith groups to support this build effort.
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