NEWBURGH – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh held its annual Walk for Housing on Sunday, April 28 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the organization. Despite cold temperatures and frequent rain, 275 participants marched so families in the City of Newburgh can achieve their dream of owning a home funded and built by Habitat Newburgh. They passed through existing properties as they walked as well as homes currently under construction.
The Walk for Housing also had its fair share of music to entertain the participants, both live and through DMU Music.
Local singer Nelly Bombs received a rousing applause for her performance of the national anthem. An exercise demonstration was provided by local exercise trainer Arthur Miller to prepare Walkers before braving the cold weather. During the Walk, guitarist Patrick Jones was the entertainment.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh’s mission is seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh brings together people to build homes, communities and hope. Founded in October of 1999, Habitat Newburgh is one of nearly 1,400 local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International and is the largest and most productive affiliate in the Hudson Valley. We have completed 95 decent and affordable homes in the most distressed urban area and the largest contiguous historical district in New York State, with five more on the way. To date, 101 families (274 children and 183 adults) earning between 30-60% 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. Habitat Newburgh homeowners contribute approximately $425,000 per year in school and city taxes. 34 Newburgh homeowners have participated in our A Brush With Kindness minor home repair program. In addition to our work in this community, Habitat Newburgh has helped over 100 families in Haiti, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, and Mexico secure shelter.