Farmingville, NY - On July 12, Councilwoman Bonner welcomed the Mercado family to their new home in Sound Beach. The house was recently renovated by volunteers working with Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk, an international, nongovernmental, and nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976. Habitat has been devoted to building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing and has addressed the issues of poverty housing all over the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They work toward this vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. This home represents the 198th home completed by Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk since 1988.Councilwoman Bonner said, “I was happy to be a part of such an important day for the Mercado family. I want to commend Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk for the time and effort they put into creating a beautiful home for this family. I am so excited to have been there to welcome the family to the Sound Beach community.”Pictured left to right: Raymond Homburger, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk, Director of Development, Bryan Lazerus, Manager of Family Services at Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk, new homeowner Nilsa Mercado and her sons Tyler and Devon, Councilwoman Jane Bonner, Gary Pollakusky, Rocky Point Sound Beach Chamber President and Christina Curtin, also of the Rocky Point Sound Beach Chamber.
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