NEWBURGH - Habitat Newburgh recognized World Habitat Day, a UN designated observance, with joyous music and ecumenical prayers at its Annual Interfaith Celebration held at Mount Saint Mary’s College Campus.
The intent of this international Day of Prayer is to place the need for decent and affordable housing on the hearts and minds of people everywhere; that the idea that poverty housing is unacceptable, and to keep faith at the center of a call to justice. Habitat Newburgh also honored the many communities of faith who demonstrate a strong commitment to safe, decent and affordable housing. To date over 40 of Habitat Newburgh’s 67 homes have been supported by communities of faith.
There are 1,040,805 families in New York State in need of safe, decent, affordable housing and 1,800 families eligible to apply for Habitat Newburgh’s homeownership program in the City of Newburgh, which has a population just under 30,000. With this level of need, building is not enough. This critical issue requires active community engagement to put affordable housing on the hearts and minds of New Yorkers everywhere. Habitat Newburgh joins with the 52 other New York State Habitat for Humanity Affiliates in participating in the 1 Million Hearts & Minds Campaign.
This year, World Habitat Day also celebrates the 30th Annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project which is being held from Oct. 6-12 in Oakland and San Jose, Calif.; Denver; New York City; and Union Beach, N.J.