Founded in 1993, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, Inc. is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat is a globally recognized nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing organization that serves Schenectady County in upstate New York. 
Habitat for Humanity acts as:
  • Social Advocate
  • Builder
  • Banker
This unique model enables non-home owning, inner-city families earning 40% to 60% of the county's median income, the opportunity to own a new, simple, decent home for about the same monthly money as they would pay for a flat or apartment in the city. 
Criteria for Partner Family Selection
In order to become successful home owners, selected Partner Families must demonstrate the following: 
  • Their current need due to "substandard" housing conditions in a rental unit, e.g. overcrowding, plumbing problems, flooding, energy inefficient, vermin/insect infestation, unaddressed mold/asbestos/lead issues within the structure that could be injurious to the health of the occupants 
  • Their desire to work on their own home, and perform a total of 300 to 400 Habitat-related sweat equity hours, including assisting in administrative Habitat activities, and volunteering in the Habitat ReStore 
  • A credit rating that shows basic money management skills and responsibility in managing a budget based on income
  • The ability to prove consistent income (from any sources) to meet Habitat income guidelines 
  • The ability to either have on hand or save up around $2500 in closing costs

What Habitat Provides for Partner Families

  • Volunteer labor helps reduce the cost of the homes
  • Habitat lends the approved families a 30-year/0% mortgage
  • Individual, faith-based and corporate donors and sponsors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. 
Partner Family mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County which is used to build more houses. The Habitat for Humanity International web site contains more information on Habitat's history, mission, volunteer opportunities and contact information for other Habitat affiliates around the world.

Board of Directors

  Charles Becker


  Robert Klees

     Vice President

  Madelyn Thorne


  James Mack



  Joel Bisaillon
  Miriam Cajuste
  Bob Clement
  Susan Dahlke
  Catherine Lewis
  Caroline Boardman McCarthy
  Mary Phillips
  Dan Smith
  Harry Stein




  John Scharf
     Executive Director
  Anne Rockwood
     Special Projects Mgr
  Karen McLane
     Volunteer Coordinator
  Randy Sparrow
     ReStore Manager