Diego Suscal: My Own Home

Diego Suscal: My Own HomeThe Hudson Valley is undergoing another wave of immigration. Diego moved from Ecuador 16 years ago, met Milagos, originally from Peru, in White Plains. They brought their newborn home to an overcrowded, small rental flat, paid for by the lion’s share of their combined earnings. A carpenter, he spent a year hard at work on an affordable 4-family home in Peekskill that Community Capital New York renovated. After carefully and diligently putting in wood floor boards, sheetrock, even kitchen cabinets, Diego was able to actually purchase the home and become a landlord to three other hardworking families. These first generation immigrants now living the dream frequent the Ecuadorean deli a half block away, purchase their furniture locally, and plan to use the adjoining lot for a vegetable garden. “We’re in love,” they say, smiling at their home.