Habitat For Humanity Of Long Island Formed Out Of Merger - 27 East

Real Estate News

Real Estate News / 1948184

Habitat For Humanity Of Long Island Formed Out Of Merger

icon 1 Photo
Habitat for Humanity Long Island's Myrnissa A. Stone-Sumair, the director of community development and special programs, and CEO and Executive Director Lee Silberman. COURTESY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY LONG ISLAND

Habitat for Humanity Long Island's Myrnissa A. Stone-Sumair, the director of community development and special programs, and CEO and Executive Director Lee Silberman. COURTESY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY LONG ISLAND

authorStaff Writer on May 5, 2022

Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk and Habitat for Humanity of Nassau County NY, two affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, have merged, forming Habitat for Humanity of Long Island.

The merger announced on April 26 is the birth of a new, stronger nonprofit institution expected to exponentially expand services for many more Long Islanders in need of affordable housing, according to the newly merged organization.

In addition to building houses from the ground up to be sold with affordable mortgages to income-qualified families, Habitat for Humanity of Long Island will broaden the scope of the organization’s work to include a repair program for the elderly and veterans living on Long Island.

Lee Silberman, who was the CEO and executive director of Habitat Suffolk, will serve in that same capacity for the merged organization. Myrnissa A. Stone-Sumair, the former executive director of Habitat Nassau, has been appointed to the newly created position of director of community development and special programs for Long Island.

“This merger has been a dream of mine since I joined the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk in the late 1990s,” Silberman said. “Long Island is one region, one community and it always made sense that there would be one Habitat for Humanity serving all of Long Island. With the receipt of the game changing transformative gift from MacKenzie Scott, this merger could not have been better timed.

Scott, a billionaire philanthropist, is the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. She recently donated $436 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates, including a $3.75 million donation to Habitat Suffolk.

“Habitat for Humanity of Long Island is poised to make a major impact in addressing the affordable housing crisis on Long Island where currently over 50 percent of all families are housing-burdened and an astonishing one-in-five families pay more than 50 percent of their income on housing,” Silberman continued. “This cannot stand, and the stronger together Habitat for Humanity of Long Island looks forward to doing its part to alleviate this crisis.”

Stone-Sumair shared that sentiment,

“I feel that the merger will strengthen our capacity to serve more families on Long Island,” she said. “Our pooled resources and combined expertise in creating affordable housing will result in a marked increase in the number of units available to families in need. Affordable housing plays a critical role in strong stable families and communities. In my new role as director of community development and special programs, I look forward to the opportunity to focus on the owner-occupied Repair Program. Through our neighborhood revitalization work, we will tailor our efforts by partnering locally with residents and community leaders and organizations to best address real concerns and improve the lives of people who live in the neighborhood.”

Michael Lantier, an engineer and partner at H2M Architects + Engineers, was the board chairman at Habitat Suffolk and will now serve as the new board chairman at Habitat for Humanity of Long Island.

“This year, 2022, continues to be a very exciting time for the affiliation,” Lantier said. “This merger provides the means for more efficient support of lower income Long Island families in need. With our years of experience, our dedicated staff, and our beloved volunteers, we are looking forward to serving Long Island on a united front for decades to come.”

Starting in 1988, Habitat Suffolk built six to eight houses annually. The East End was previously served by Habitat for Humanity of Peconic, which Habitat Suffolk absorbed starting in 2015.

You May Also Like:

JS Squared Breaks Ground On Watermill Crossing

JS Squared broke ground recently on Watermill Crossing, a 38-unit luxury townhouse community in the ... 23 May 2022 by Staff Writer

North Haven Point Contemporary Sells For $6.5 Million

An 8,000-square-foot contemporary home in the private, waterfront North Haven Point community recently sold for ... by Staff Writer

Napeague Modern Bayfront Home Sells For $8.87 Million

A classic modern bayfront home designed by architect Thierry Pfister in Napeague has sold for ... 20 May 2022 by Staff Writer

Community Preservation Fund Has Second Consecutive Record-Breaking First Quarter

Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund revenue was just about flat across the East End ... 19 May 2022 by Staff Writer

Sag Harbor Modern Sells For $5.5 Million

A five-bedroom Sag Harbor Village modern with a pool and a pool house recently sold ... 18 May 2022 by Staff Writer

New Signed Contracts For Hamptons Homes Cut In Half In April Compared To Year Earlier

Hamptons single-family home inventory grew slightly in April as new listings outpaced the number of ... 12 May 2022 by Staff Writer

Lipsky Construction Company Honored For Nathaniel Rogers House Work

For the firm’s work on the restoration of the Nathaniel Rogers House in Bridgehampton, Lipsky ... 11 May 2022 by Staff Writer

Inventory Of Hamptons Homes Falls To Record Low As Sales Move At Breakneck Speed

The inventory of homes for sale on the South Fork has “collapsed” — it’s down ... 4 May 2022 by Brendan J. O’Reilly

Water Mill Transitional Sells For $7.9M, A $500,000 Increase In One Year

A shingle-style transitional home with views of a 7-acre agricultural reserve and the ocean beyond ... 3 May 2022 by Staff Writer

Landscape Firm Spreads Its Roots With New Building Details Subsidiary

Michael Derrig, the owner of Landscape Details, a major East Hampton landscape design, construction and ... 28 Apr 2022 by Stephen J. Kotz