WAPPINGERS FALLS – On February, 23, 2023, Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County hosted their 37th home dedication ceremony in Wappingers Falls, for their newest Habitat Homeowner, Hassan and his family. Attendees at the dedication included Hassan, family, friends, donors, volunteers, board members, and local dignitaries. The family was warmly welcomed, not only to their new home, but to their new neighborhood on Paggi Terrace.
The newest home was generously supported by a grant from the Larson Family Foundation and Habitat local partners A & R Security and Stenger Diamond. Gap funding was provided by NYS Affordable Housing Corporation. The dedicated efforts of their many volunteers, and the donors make possible this safe and financially sustainable home for Hassan and his family.
Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County has built 37 safe, affordable forever homes and completed over 250 critical home repairs allowing seniors and other homeowners to live safely in their homes. Habitat Restore supports the mission of homeownership through sales of gently used and new home goods.
During the dedication Hassan said, “I want to thank Habitat for Humanity, its staff, its many donors, and the self-sacrificing volunteers for helping us accomplish our life-changing goal of owning a home and engendering within me hope and faith in the kindness of others.”
Maureen Brennen Lashlee, CEO stated “Our donors, supporters, and volunteers enthusiastically embrace the Habitat Dutchess mission that everyone deserves a decent place to live. In 2023, Habitat Dutchess will unveil new programs as part of the Habitat for Humanity International initiative to address the racial homeownership gap — which now stands at nearly 30 percent, the widest it has been in more than 40 years.”
Habitat’s Advancing Black Homeownership initiative deepens its commitment to increase homeownership opportunities for Black individuals and families – and address the racial and systemic bias that has stymied access to homeownership for generations – through programs that will help end the social and economic disparity many Black people and communities of color continue to face.
Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County (HFHDC) is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization dedicated to building homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; advocacy for fair and just housing policies; and providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. For more information visit www.habitatdutchess.org.