NEWBURGH - Habitat Newburgh dedicated its 68th House at 43 E. Parmenter Street in celebration of its 14th year. This "Health Build" house is the home of Minnie Pryor, an employee of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, and her family. Joan Cusack-McGuirk, Chief Nursing Officer, represented the hospital at the dedication by passing the ceremonial keys to Minnie and her family.
Cathy Collins, Executive Director of Habitat Newburgh said, "We designated this house as a ‘Health Build’ to call attention to the debilitating effects of sub-standard housing and the positive influence that stable and affordable housing has on the health and well-being of families and the community. It is for this reason we were excited to partner with St. Luke’s Cornwall hospital to recruit our partner family for this house and have them pass the keys to this family. It underscores the connection between health and home."
The Center for Housing Policy released a report titled, "The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health: A Research Summary." The report highlighted the benefits of affordable housing on health such as the freeing up of resources that can be used for nutritious food and healthcare expenditures, reduced exposure to neurotoxins, allergens and other dangers in the home as well as an improvement in safety and stress levels.
After the keys were passed to the new homeowners, volunteers, supporters, and partner families gathered to celebrate 14 Fantastic Years with a festive celebration.