Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1993, is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. To date, our volunteers have built safe, affordable housing for 16 families. We make home ownership possible for lower-income working families through no-interest mortgages. To encourage re-use and recycling as well as generate revenue for building projects, Habitat operates the ReStore, adjacent to our office on Route 66, just north of 9H in Hudson, NY.


Columbia County
Habitat for Humanity
829 Route 66
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 828-0892

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Ed Herrington, Inc. Donates $10,000 to Columbia County Habitat

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Brenda Adams announced today that Ed Herrington, Inc., the family-owned supplier of lumber, millwork and building supplies, has contributed $10,000 to support Habitat’s current construction project, two new Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street in Hudson.

“Habitat has enjoyed a long relationship with Herrington’s. The company’s generosity has benefited our work in many ways, providing high quality building materials and products as well as professional advice and financial assistance,” Adams said. “This $10,000 gift arrives at a critical point in the Passive Townhouses build.  We’re most grateful to have the confidence of a major business leader like Ed Herrington, Inc.”

Pictured at Habitat's newest project, two Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street in Hudson, are:  Allison Herrington Neuman, Richard Herrington, Habitat President Sara McWilliams, Ed Herrington & Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams.

Pictured at Habitat’s newest project, two Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street in Hudson, are: Allison Herrington Neuman, Richard Herrington, Habitat President Sara McWilliams, Ed Herrington & Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams.

Ed Herrington, President and CEO of the well-known business, said, “Columbia County Habitat for Humanity has a vision for what the community needs and has consistently employed the assistance of local architects and builders, using innovative building concepts  and modern materials to provide well built, affordable and sustainable housing.  It is an honor to support this program and to witness the benefits of the collaborative process.  Ed Herrington, Inc. has been serving building professionals and homeowners alike for over 100 years, and we owe our success to the loyal support of our customers throughout the tri-state area. It’s a privilege to have the resources to give back to the community through this donation to Columbia County Habitat. We’re also very pleased to be a partner in the second phase of the innovative Columbia Passive Townhouses project. We believe these homes will serve as models for energy-saving, sustainable construction and remodeling in the future.”

Sara McWilliams, Habitat Board President, said, “Our ability to help revitalize the community relies heavily on building mutually productive relationships with local businesses. Herrington’s continues to demonstrate that when business supports the community, everyone benefits. We’re very proud to be associated with the Herrington’s brand.”

The Columbia Passive Townhouses

The Columbia Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street are the second pair of Habitat homes designed by BarlisWedlick Architects, LLC, according to Passive House design and construction standards. The incorporation of high performance technology and materials produces dramatic energy savings over the life of the home. Generally, overall energy usage is cut 90% and heating energy reduced 70% compared to conventional construction, a performance level borne out in the first two Habitat Passive Townhouses built in 2012-2013 at 244-246 Columbia Street.

The new Passive Townhouses are the 17th and 18th homes built by Habitat volunteers and partner families. Since its founding in 1993, Columbia County Habitat has returned $2 million of developed property to county and local tax rolls while purchasing $1.5 million in local goods and services. Habitat operates the ReStore, which sells donated new and gently-used furniture, appliances, building materials and more, to encourage recycling and reuse as well as generate funds to support construction. This year, the ReStore is expected to contribute $50,000 to Habitat building programs.

Organizations, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals who would like to volunteer with Columbia County Habitat on the construction site or at the ReStore can visit or contact Sara and Barry McWilliams, Volunteer Coordinators, at

Ed Herrington, Inc. was established in Hillsdale , NY in 1906. The company offers quality lumber, millwork, building supplies, paint, stone and associated services.  Today the family-owned and operated company has five locations: in Hillsdale, Hudson, Chatham and Millerton, NY and Lakeville, CT. For more information, visit or call 800.453.1311. Herrington’s can also be found at Herrington’s Lumber on Facebook.




Home Bass 2:  A Little Help for Our Friends Cabaret Concert at Helsinki Hudson
Set for Saturday, January 3rd to Benefit Columbia County Habitat

Featuring Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Rhett Miller (The Old 97’s),
Elvis Perkins, Jesse Malin & More!!

Home Bass 2:  A Little Help for Our Friends, a cabaret concert on January 3rd to benefit Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, will rock in the New Year with an amazing roster of local talent curated by Tommy Stinson, bassist of The Replacements and Guns n’ Roses. Home Bass 2 will fill the stage at Helsinki Hudson with an extraordinary array of gifted musicians and unique collaborations. The evening follows up the huge success of 2013’s Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat — which featured Tommy as well as fellow Hudsonian bassists Meshell Ndegeocello and Melissa auf der Maur, who is a member of Habitat’s Board of Directors.
It’s a personal connection that inspired Tommy to get involved. His dear friend Besham Burgess, a lifelong Hudson resident, is a single father of two and volunteer firefighter who works at COARC, a non-profit organization serving people with disabilities. Besham is one of two Habitat partner families now working with other volunteers on the new Passive Townhouses being built on Columbia Street in Hudson. “I’m totally grateful to Columbia County Habitat for helping my friend,” said Stinson. “He’s so deserving. What a great excuse to get some great friends together to create something unique for a cause that we all can get behind!”
Tommy has tapped Happiness, which is three-fifths of divine Providence export Deer Tick, to back him up for a set that will draw from his solo work, former bands Bash & Pop and Perfect, and other whims. Also performing will be Rhett Miller, the charismatic singer and songwriter lauded for both his solo work and his seminal alt-county band, The Old 97’s. Hudson-area resident Elvis Perkins’ deeply personal songs has fans clamoring for his long-awaited third album, to be released in 2015 and previewed at Home Bass 2: A Little Help for Our Friends. New York City-based performers joining the fun include Jesse Malin and Tommy’s daughter and up-and-coming pop singer Ruby Stinson. Hudson’s own MC Girlgantua will emcee the evening.  More artists could be added in the coming weeks and surprise guests shouldn’t be ruled out.
The concert will be webcast worldwide via For a minimum fee of $5, fans anywhere can join in the fun with interactive camera views and prizes. Seventy percent of the webcast proceeds will go to Columbia Habitat Humanity to support the construction of affordable housing for working families.
Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams said, “We are so pleased to have the support of great artists like Tommy and Melissa. It’s going to be a wonderful night!”
Tickets for the 8:00 pm concert are $50 each for Reserved Club seating at tables; $30 for seats at the bar and $20 for general admission standing room. Dinner is available in the Club or the Restaurant, beginning at 5 pm.


Share, Shop & Celebrate November’s Month of Plenty @ Habitat’s Restore

November is the time to share, shop and celebrate a Month of Plenty at Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore.  Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams announced today a triple-header of events and opportunities at the ReStore, located in Hudson on Route 66 just north of the Route 9H intersection.

“We’re asking our customers to share their own abundance by bringing non-perishable food items to be donated to food pantries in Hudson and Chatham in time for the holidays. While they’re here, shoppers can check out the extraordinary values in our largest private donation ever: multiples of many items, including 20 terracotta wall sconces, and unique pieces like a Wolf commercial range with custom hood and a sauna,” Adams said.

 Included in the ReStore’s largest private donation are a Wolf commercial stove with custom backsplash & hood & terracotta wall lighting, part of the gift from a 5000 sf, 4-bath home. The complete bathrooms will also be for sale at the ReStore, starting in mid-November.

Included in the ReStore’s largest private donation are a Wolf commercial stove with custom backsplash & hood & terracotta wall lighting, part of the gift from a 5000 sf, 4-bath home. The complete bathrooms will also be for sale at the ReStore, starting in mid-November.

ReStore Manager Marcia Witte added, “The third part of our Celebration of Plenty will be ReStore’s 5th Birthday party on Saturday, November 22, from 9 to 5.  We’ll have craft and repurposing demonstrations, food, fun, a raffle and volunteer recognition going on all day. It’s our way of saying thanks to our donors, customers and volunteers for their commitment to the ReStore’s success and to Columbia County Habitat’s mission of building affordable housing for working families.”

Food collected from the ReStore’s food drive will go to the Christ Church Hudson food pantry at 431 Union Street and the Chatham Area Silent Pantry in the Tracy Building at 77 Main Street in Chatham.  Donations of staples such as coffee, tea, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit/tomatoes/vegetables, boxes of mac and cheese/rice/pasta, pasta sauce, salad dressing, baby food, cereal, tuna, canned meat, canned spaghetti and ravioli, pancake mix and syrup will be welcome.

Food donors will receive raffle tickets for the Five Prizes of Plenty raffle drawings to be held at the ReStore birthday party each hour from 1 to 5 pm. The prizes will be drawn from the ReStore’s vast inventory.  Donors do not have to be present to win raffle prizes.

The super-abundant donation of interior solid wood doors, dozens of lighting fixtures, baseboard heaters, fireplace grates, Kohler tubs, showers and toilets, a bidet, corian and butcher block countertops, vanity mirrors and lights, among much, much more, will be available at the ReStore in mid-November.

The ReStore sells new or gently-used items at discounted prices. As savvy shoppers know, the ReStore receives new donations of furniture, appliances, building materials, lighting, tools and other items several times a week, so repeat visits are a must. ReStore’s shopping hours are Thursdays, 4 to 8 pm and Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm.

All proceeds from the ReStore support Columbia County Habitat’s construction program. Habitat volunteers are currently building two Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street in Hudson, Habitat’s 17th and 18th new homes for lower-income working families. Each partner family contributes 300 hours of sweat equity working on its new home and/or at the ReStore.