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For the past couple months, we’ve had the pleasure to have the Raven 2 AmeriCorps NCCC team working on our Sheridan Hollow construction site. They are a fantastic contribution to our team, and we appreciate all of their hard work. We asked Kim, the team leader, to share her story on her experience working with us. “When I first learned that I would be in Albany serving with Habitat for Humanity, I envisioned the team working on one house from the ground up. I was excited to learn all that was going to go into the house. I soon learned that there would be many houses that we would be working on. Our project consists of many row houses in Sheridan Hollow. Why row houses? When you move into a new community you want to fit in, this includes your new home. Habitat has acknowledged this and has been able to accommodate for it. Our first few days we learned a lot about Habitat. One misconception that I had was that the houses built are given away to families, I learned that this is not the case. Families buy their Habitat homes at the price it costs to build their home. In […]
On World Habitat Day, the first Monday of October, Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations and organizations around the world in raising awareness, educating and mobilizing individuals and communities to take action on the current global housing crisis. Housing is central to ending the cycle of poverty. We want to see a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and so, on World Habitat Day, we call for programs, policies and systems that would make that world possible. Habitat for Humanity International helps a family in need of better housing every 4 minutes. Since 1976, the 1400 communities Habitat is in has helped more than 5 million people with the support of about 2 million volunteers a year. Here in the Capital District, we have help over 100 families obtain an affordable and decent home. Read more about World Habitat Day, the need to raise awareness for global housing and efforts being done around the world. You can help build adequate housing right here in the Capital District by signing up to volunteer or donating today.
Habitat for Humanity Capital District has been ranked as one of the top home builders in the Capital District by the Albany Business Review. The list is ranked by home building revenue, and we are listed at number 10! In 2014, our homes generated $946,000 in revenue. The average price of our homes for 2014 was $118,250. We completed eight single family homes, which was more than two other builders on the list and started ten more. We were also the only nonprofit organization on the list! It is a great accomplishment to make this list. Out of the companies ranked, we had the lowest average cost for a home, but we still made the list by revenue. That’s incredible! It certainly shows that we can make affordable homes and still be a prominent builder in the local community. Our homes helped return $1.2 million to the property tax base in 2014. Not only are we a nonprofit agency ranked along with construction businesses, but we also continue to make affordable homes for families who need it and contribute to the growth of the local economy. We are excited about this news and thank all our construction team, staff, partners and supporters for continuing […]
Our Executive Director Christine and Tour de Habitat Organizer George DePiro from Druthers Brewing Company were on WAMC’s The Roundtable on Tuesday, September 15. Christine and George talked about our upcoming event where bikers will race in four different route options and raise money to transform communities. After the races, Druthers will be hosting an epic post-ride after-party for our riders with great food and free beer! Christine also shared updates on our construction projects. You can listen to the recording on WAMC’s website. For more information on Tour de Habitat and to register, visit the event page!
Not only is it Habitat for Humanity Capital District’s mission to build affordable and sustainable homes, but we also help bring people together and transform communities. This past weekend, Habitat helped our neighborhoods at the Sheridan Hollow Block Party and a clean-up and walk through or Lark Street. On Saturday, September 12, 2015, the 12th Annual Sheridan Hollow Block Party was hosted by the New Jerusalem Home of the Saved Church. The block party helped enrich the community by making available resources on financial management, health planning and screening, youth services, employment readiness, Christian materials, fire and crime prevention and literacy. Children also received school supplies and there were demos, clowns, crafts, games and prizes! We sponsored and tabled at the event. We had a brief cameo on the news video by Time Warner Cable News. Habitat led a neighborhood clean-up and walk-through on Lark Street with the Albany Police Department, Albany County Land Bank, YouthBuild and representatives from Department of General Services, Planning, the City of Albany’s Mayor’s Office and Code Enforcement on Sunday, September 13. We continue to invest in the stretch of Lark Street between Washington & Clinton Avenues, and it’s vital that we help make the street […]