$100,000 Loan Backs Rehab of Abandoned Home by YouthBuild Students
Community Capital New York, Inc., the non-profit community lender serving the lower Hudson Valley, celebrated the transformation of a blighted property into a newly renovated, energy efficient house at 206 Winnikee Avenue on Monday along with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, New York State Senator Terry Gipson, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Poughkeepsie Mayor Johan Tkazyik and Nubian Directions II Executive Director Robert Wright.
The house was rebuilt by students in the Poughkeepsie YouthBuild Program, sponsored by Nubian Directions II, Inc. Working alongside seasoned professionals, YouthBuild trainees converted a dilapidated, abandoned property into a beautiful, affordable home with two apartments for families earning up to 60% of Area Median Income. In total, reconstruction of the house provided 67 students with green-building and job training skills.
“Community Capital New York’s loan provided critical funding for the project, without which construction could not be completed,“ noted Community Capital New York’s Executive Director Kim Jacobs. “Our 25-year commitment to community building in distressed areas of the lower Hudson Valley remains strong. Investing in our youth through education and job training is important to the mission of our organization. As such, we are also very pleased to have had the opportunity to support Nubian Directions II’s YouthBuild program, helping students get 21st century jobs that strengthen our communities and rebuild our economy.”