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For Immediate Release
June 8, 2012


For Third Consecutive Year, More than 20 Department Staffers Help Build Affordable, Energy-Efficient Housing Units for Eight First-Time Homeowners

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today joined Habitat for Humanity-NYC Acting Executive Director Rachel Hyman and more than 20 Department employees to help build affordable, energy-efficient housing units in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Equipped with hardhats and hammers, Department inspectors, engineers and administrative assistants volunteered their time and worked alongside Habitat for Humanity-NYC construction leaders to help build new units for eight first-time homeowners at 836 Jefferson Avenue. Once completed, the four-story building will consist of eight one- and two-bedroom units, and construction is expected to be completed this year. The event marked the third consecutive year the Department participated with Habitat for Humanity-NYC. 

“This Department regulates the construction of new homes throughout the City, and today is another way for us to help New Yorkers achieve their American Dream,” said Commissioner LiMandri. “In recent years, this Department has made great strides to work with communities in every borough, and I am thrilled to be working side-by-side our employees in order to make homeownership possible for eight more families. I would like to thank all of my staff members for volunteering their time and Habitat for Humanity-NYC for making this event possible.” 

“Habitat for Humanity-NYC is thrilled to have Commissioner LiMandri and his staff volunteering with us once again,” said Habitat for Humanity-NYC Acting Executive Director, Rachel Hyman. “The Jefferson building in Bedford Stuyvesant is part of our ‘100 Homes in Brooklyn’ initiative, providing first-time affordable homeownership opportunities to hard working, low-income New Yorkers. Communities are revitalized one volunteer and one homeowner at a time. We thank the NYC Department of Buildings for joining us in building homes, communities, and hope in New York City.” 

The Jefferson Avenue project is part of a new Habitat for Humanity-NYC initiative called 100 Homes in Brooklyn. Launched earlier this year, this project aims to build and renovate 100 affordable co-ops and condominiums in Bedford-Stuyvesant and other low-income neighborhoods in the central part of Brooklyn by 2013. For each project, builders will use non-toxic, sustainable construction materials and units will be equipped with energy-efficient appliances, as well as high-efficiency boilers to help homeowners save on their monthly utility bills. 

Habitat for Humanity-NYC is a non-profit organization that builds affordable, energy-efficient homes for first-time homeowners in need. Habitat homeowners must earn between 50 and 80 percent of the City’s area median income, and each adult must contribute 200 hours of service to help build their homes. Participants are not required to pay more than 33 percent of their gross household income on monthly housing expenses. The purchasing prices of homes provided by Habitat for Humanity-NYC start at $125,000 and average $183,125. 

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity-NYC or to apply for housing through the organization, visit

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Contact:     Tony Sclafani/Ryan FitzGibbon (Buildings) (212) 566-3473
                    Theresa Fortuné (Habitat for Humanity-NYC)