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June 12th, 2013

“Team Depot” lends its home improvement skills to Habitat

Nearly 40 Home Depot associates pitched in recently during a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh home build, part of Phase IV of the organization’s E. Parmenter Neighborhood Development.

NEWBURGH – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh welcomed almost 40 Home Depot associates including district and area store managers. Newburgh store associate Michael Policano organized the Team Depot volunteer day. They installed siding on two sides of the three attached homes of Phase IV of the E. Parmenter Neighborhood Development as well as building the front porch decks on these homes. One of these homes will be Habitat Newburgh’s first Veterans Build home. The Veterans Build program supports and honors existing and retired military members and their families by offering affordable housing options. The Home Depot Foundation has a commitment to Veterans housing programs and has already donated $10,000 toward this build.

"I was amazed at what Team Depot accomplished!" says Cathy Collins, executive director for Habitat Newburgh. "We value the partnership of our local store and are grateful for The Home Depot’s corporate support of our Veterans Build program and their general support of Habitat International. I believe it is an admirable model of corporate philanthropy where the work directly fulfills the philanthropic mission."

Also on-site were representatives of James Hardie®. James Hardie® siding is one of the approved materials that can be used within this historic district. This siding material will be used on all of the homes built in our East Parmenter development.

Joining the Veterans Build will be Habitat Newburgh’s Education Build and Health Build. Both will allow us to highlight the debilitating issues that are faced by families living in substandard housing situation to both their health and educational attainment. More importantly it will spotlight the impact that our homes have in creating a healthy environment in which their future well-being is able to flourish.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh is dedicated to providing safe, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with hard-working families in need. Reaching across racial, cultural, and religious boundaries, we seek to restore a sense of community with the common goal of strong neighborhoods and dignity through homeownership.

Founded in October of 1999, Habitat Newburgh is one of 1,500 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International and is the largest and most productive affiliate in the Hudson Valley. To date, we have completed 67 decent and affordable homes in the most distressed urban area in New York State as well as the largest contiguous historical district. Seventy-three families earning between 25-60% of the area median income, have demonstrated a willingness to partner with Habitat Newburgh by investing sweat equity into the construction of our homes, participating in required homeowner education classes, and signing a mortgage. Additionally, our home building efforts have returned over $7 million to the assessed property values to the City of Newburgh and our families contribute over $300,000 annually to the city and school tax rolls.

The East Parmenter Street Neighborhood Project is a planned pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with pocket parks and Energy Star rated homes near Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh. This development, the first of its kind in a recognized historic district, has replaced blighted and abandoned structures boarded up for over 20 years. Phases I, II, & III of this neighborhood revitalization effort created affordable homes for 14 Habitat families. Phase IV adds 3 additional homes including our first Veterans Build.

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