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ITHACA, N.Y. — In partnership with two local families, Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties (TCHFH) is excited to be completing two homes on Third Street in Ithaca, and invites the community to celebrate with them on Sunday, September 30th at 3 p.m. with a special Home Dedication ceremony.

Along with Habitat’s staff, the dedicated regular volunteer crew, and the homebuyers, the project has seen generous donations of time, skill and materials from the greater Ithaca community. Dozens of local employers, churches, student groups, non-profit organizations, contractors and suppliers worked together to build these homes.

Please join TCHFH for a House Dedication Celebration on Sunday, September 30th from 3 to 5 p.m. at the houses, located at 208 and 210 Third Street, Ithaca. There will be light refreshments, opportunity to tour the completed homes, thank the many volunteers and welcome and congratulate the two first-time homebuyer families. Both are thrilled to be almost to their goal of closing on their finished houses!

New homebuyer Soledad says, “I am currently living in a one-bedroom basement apartment with my two daughters, one of whom is in college. My younger daughter sleeps in the bedroom and shares with her older sister when she is home from college. I sleep in the living room on a futon. During the day, I work at an elementary school, and in the evenings and weekends, I work at the Racker Center. I work both jobs so that I can put my daughter through college, as well as keep up with my family’s expenses. As a first-time home buyer, I plan to enjoy my new home by inviting friends and family to visit, while also continuing to learn how to take care of my new house both physically and financially.”

Mohamed, a school bus driver who is looking forward to a backyard for his two children says, “I’m having the privilege to contribute much time in the building of my house which will allow me to know a lot of details on how my house is built, therefore it will make me in a good position to maintain the house in the future. Purchasing the house with an affordable mortgage will definitely make me and my family more secure, stable, and even relieved.”
Funding for this project has been provided by: a Community Housing Development Fund grant (a joint effort of Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca and Cornell University), the City of Ithaca HOME Investment Partnership Program, New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, State Farm Insurance, and CFCU Community Credit Union.

Habitat for Humanity is a primarily volunteer-driven organization. If you, or your organization, are interested in getting involved as a volunteer or sponsor, please call 607-844-3529 or email You can also subscribe to Habitat’s weekly email newsletter on their website

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat volunteers from organizations have put their faith in action to build or repair over 600,000 homes in the U.S. and around the world, including locally in Tompkins and Cortland counties. TCHFH was founded in 1987 and has built and rehabbed 25 homes in the two counties.

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