ReHabitat projects transform and revitalize neighborhoods through home preservation and rehabilitation. By repairing and preserving existing housing stock, ReHabitat eliminates blight, restores vacant and abandoned buildings and stabilizes entire neighborhoods.
Repair. Restore. Return.
ReHabitat is our local expression of Habitat International’s Neighborhood Revitalization strategy, which is a national movement to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods through local community partnerships and the expansion of housing services. Habitat understands that providing safe, decent, affordable housing means more than building new homes. Existing housing stock requires care and preservation to ensure the availability of safe and healthy shelter.
Neighborhood Revitalization affiliates serve more families by responding to needs with an expanded array of products, services and partnerships, empowering residents to revive their neighborhoods and enhance their quality of life.
Through ReHabitat, we are restoring our inner city neighborhoods to the level of vitality we all deserve. ReHabitat will remove blight and return those buildings back to productive use- and back to the tax rolls! ReHabitat projects utilize Habitat volunteers, donations and gifts-in-kind. We then sell the newly-restored home to a qualified homebuyer with a zero- or low-interest mortgage.
ReHabitat is made possible through charitable program support and construction financing from M&T Bank.
Completed ReHabitat Projects
77 5th Avenue, Troy
The restoration of 77 5th Avenue in Troy is our first project in Rensselaer County under ReHabitat. We will transform this dilapidated, vacant, three-story building into a two-family home for a hardworking lower-income family. The building includes a two-story homeownership unit on the second and third floors, with an accompanying rental unit on the first floor. Habitat has already selected a qualified, local family to purchase the home. The property was donated to ReHabitat through Wells Fargo’s Real Estate Owned Property program along with a capital donation. First Niagara Bank is a partial house sponsor and the Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation will provide a capacity-building financial contribution towards the project. M&T Bank is our ReHabitat construction financing partner and TAP, Inc. is the architect of record.
126 Lark Street, Albany
126 Lark Street is a two-family, three-story town home in Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood. yThrough the generosity of hundreds of volunteers, our sponsors and the support of individuals, Habitat has rehabilitated the home into a safe, warm, energy-efficient home that marks the beginning of a block-wide transformation. The home is around the corner from our largest new construction project yet in the Sheridan Hollow neighborhood, and next door to the future site of three more new homes and additional rehab projects.
To contact us about donating or selling property to Habitat, please contact:
Fred Darguste, Director of Construction Operations
(518) 462-2993 x108