Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh has a new long term goal that they want to achieve. With that goal comes a major grant from the Dyson Foundation. Meredith Zaritheny has more.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- "So we help one family at a time, but we help many families through the one family," said Cathy Collins, Habitat for Human of Greater Newburgh Executive Director.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh has been awarded a half a million dollar grant from the Hudson Valley based Dyson Foundation.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh has built 67 houses in the city so far and over the next five years, this grant money will help build 50 more houses.
It's an ambitious campaign that's aimed at providing more housing in the city, as well as working on neighborhood revitalization one block at a time.
"My vision for the City of Newburgh is really to create a healthy community that is rooted in homeownership and dignity," said Collins.
This grant provides Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh with $100,000 a year for the next five years and that money will help them build 10 houses a year.
"So they have been really great partners with the city in providing housing to people and bringing old properties back online and building up the neighborhoods," said Judy Kennedy, City of Newburgh Mayor.
City officials say they couldn't be happier that an organization that's already done so much for this community received this grant.
"Beautifying the city, stabilizing the neighborhoods all of that reduces crime and creates more safety, improves the quality of living," said Mayor Kennedy.