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.

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Columbia County Habitat for Humanity is seeking a full-time manager

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity is seeking a full-time manager [30 hours per week] for its ReStore at 829 Route 66, at the intersection of 9H in Hudson.
The ReStore Manager should possess the following qualities, skills and experience:

1. Leadership: the ability to plan, execute and deliver short- and long-term goals in a collaborative environment, working comfortably with staff, volunteers, donors and customers;
2. Organization: manage time and resources effectively; create and sustain a structure and process to advance the ReStore’s objectives;
3. Communication: strong verbal, written and social media skills; working knowledge of QuickBooks and database software;
4. Related experience: ability to work in an entrepreneurial environment; non-profit, retail/merchandising or inventory management experience helpful;
5. Commitment: to Columbia County Habitat’s mission of building affordable housing for lower-income working families.

ALL questions should be directed to badams@columbiacountyhabitat.org.
Thank you for understanding that we cannot respond to phone or personal inquiries.

Columbia County Habitat Welcomes Lauren Haberland, New ReStore Manager

Valatie resident Lauren Haberland, Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s new ReStore Manager

Valatie resident Lauren Haberland, Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s new ReStore Manager

Columbia County Habitat President Janis Smythe has announced that Lauren Haberland, lifetime County resident, has joined Habitat as the new full-time manager of the ReStore, located next to Habitat’s offices at 829 Route 66 in Hudson.

“We are so pleased to welcome Lauren to the Habitat family,” Smythe said. “She brings a wealth of organizational experience and creativity to the ReStore.” Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams added, “Lauren has already demonstrated her considerable skill in managing the ReStore and inspiring the many ReStore volunteers. We’re very fortunate to have Lauren join our team.”

Lauren, who lives with her family in Valatie, earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Studies from Sage College of Albany. She worked for 10 years for a major Columbia County non-profit, rising to events coordinator for the organization, responsible for the budgets, publicity, logistics and all other aspects of more than 20 events a year.

“The ReStore will celebrate its fourth birthday on Saturday, November 23rd. There will be music, goodies, gift certificate raffles, demonstrations and lots of fun. I’m looking forward to meeting Habitat’s friends and neighbors as well as ReStore shoppers,” Lauren said.

The ReStore sells new and gently-used furniture, cabinetry, tools, building materials, lighting, appliances and more. All proceeds from the ReStore support Habitat’s mission to build affordable homes for lower-income working families. Launched in 2009, ReStore revenue has enabled Habitat to build two homes a year, rather than one. This summer the ReStore completed an expansion that’s increased its selling area almost 50% to 6500 sq. ft. ReStore shopping hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Donations are accepted on Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment only on weekdays.

Columbia County Habitat Family Selection Process Underway: June 30th Deadline for No-Interest Home Mortgage Applications

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity (CCHfH) will accept applications for a no-interest home mortgage from working families who are ready to be homeowners. The deadline to apply is June 30th.

According to Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams, “Plans are moving forward to build one additional new house in Columbia County this year. We’re actively seeking a qualified family who would like to partner with us to help build and ultimately own their own home.”

The house will be built on Mill Street in Hudson, completing Habitat’s Mill Street campaign with its sixth new house. The one-story house will be both ADA adaptable and Energy Star rated. The house will include a kitchen with new appliances, a living-dining area, three bedrooms, and one and a half baths. There will be a fenced backyard for children, pets and gardens as well as off-street parking.

Pictured is the lot on Mill Street in Hudson where the next home for a working family will be built by Columbia County Habitat for Humanity. In the background are two of the five houses on Mill Street already constructed by Habitat families and community volunteers. Applications from interested families are due to Habitat by June 30.

To be eligible, a family’s income must fall between these upper and lower amounts:

  • $19,845 and $39,690 for a family of three;
  • $22,050 and $44,100 for a family of four and
  • $23,810 and $47,625 for a family of five.

Charlene Paden of Taghkanic, chair of Habitat’s Family Selection Committee, says, “We are very excited to be able to offer a no-interest mortgage. These are still tough economic times, but people need not give up their dreams of home ownership. To keep construction costs down and show their investment in the house, our partner families work with us and many other volunteers to build their homes from start to finish. There are lots of qualified families in Columbia County who would love to do the same, and we’d like to help them.”

For more information, call Ms. Paden at Columbia County Habitat at 518-828-0892 or visit www.columbiacountyhabitat.org to download an application.


Columbia County Habitat for Humanity & Lowe’s Invite Women to Volunteer During National Women Build Week

Columbia County-area women are invited to grab their hammers and volunteer during Habitat for Humanity’s sixth annual National Women Build Week. During the week of May 4-12, more than 300 Habitat affiliates nationwide will host Women Build projects in partnership with Lowe’s, the underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program.

National Women Build Week challenges women to come together and devote at least one day to building simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities. More than 41,000 women volunteers from all 50 states have participated in previous years.

“We are so excited to participate in National Women Build Week. Lowe’s generosity will allow us to complete the Columbia Passive Townhouses,” said Brenda Adams, executive director of Columbia County Habitat. “Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-12, will be a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to come together to help our families and their neighborhood.”

Adams said that this year’s Women Build project is the final exterior painting and installation of backyard fencing for the homes at 244-246 Columbia Street in Hudson. Built to stringent Passive House standards, the Columbia Passive Townhouses will use 90% less energy for heating and cooling. They’re the first Habitat Passive Houses in New York State.

Lowe’s contributes more than $1.75 million to National Women Build Week and provides $5,000 Lowe’s gift cards to more than 300 participating affiliates. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. As the underwriter of the Women Build program since 2004, Lowe’s also conducts “How-To” clinics at local stores to teach women key construction skills that will empower them to support Habitat projects across the country.

No construction skills are necessary. To volunteer or donate to this project, please call Ginna Moore at 518-828-0892 or email gmoore@columbiacountyhabitat.org.

Visit www.habitat.org/wb for more information on National Women Build Week.

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

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity President Janis Smythe announced today that Ed Herrington, Inc., the family-owned supplier of lumber, millwork and building supplies, has given the organization $10,000 to support the construction of the Columbia Passive Townhouses at 244-246 Columbia Street in Hudson.

Pictured below at the Columbia Passive Townhouses, 244-246 Columbia Street in Hudson, are, l-r, Ed Herrington; Allison Herrington Neumann; Janis Smythe, President of Columbia County Habitat; Larry Ostrander, manager of Herrington’s Hudson location; Brenda Adams, Habitat Executive Director; and Rich Herrington. Ed Herrington Inc. gave Habitat $10,000 to support the Columbia Passive Townhouses build.

“Columbia County Habitat has enjoyed a long relationship with Herrington’s. The company has generously supported our work in many ways: providing high quality building materials and products as well as professional advice and financial assistance,” said Smythe. “This $10,000 gift comes at a critical point in the Passive Townhouses build. We are deeply grateful to have the confidence of a major business leader like Ed Herrington, Inc.”

Ed Herrington, President and CEO of the well-known business, said, “Working with and supporting Columbia County Habitat is not only the right thing to do for the community; it makes sound business sense. 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 support the innovative Columbia Passive Townhouses project, which we hope will serve as a model for energy-saving, sustainable construction and remodeling in the future.”

Brenda Adams, Habitat’s Executive Director, said, “Our ability to help revitalize the community relies heavily on building mutually productive relationships with local businesses. Herrington’s is a leader in recognizing that when business supports the community, everyone benefits. We’re very proud to be associated with the Herrington’s brand.”

The Columbia Street Campaign

The Columbia Passive Townhouses are Phase III of Habitat’s Columbia Street Campaign. Designed by award-winning green architect Dennis Wedlick Architect, LLC, the homes’ revolutionary design and construction will cut owners’ energy use and costs by 90% for the life of the houses.

In March of 2012, Phase II completed two 2-story attached townhouses at 240 and 242 Columbia Street in Hudson. These single-family, owner-occupied residences were built to the highest Energy Star ratings for more economical and environmentally friendly energy use. Along with two similar townhouses at 444 and 446 Columbia Street, completed in 2011, these new homes are helping to revitalize the community and boost reinvestment in the neighborhood north of Warren Street.

Organizations, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals who would like to volunteer for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity can visit our website: www.columbiacountyhabitat.org or contact Barbara Henry or Gerry Nabozny, Volunteer Coordinators, at volunteer@columbiacountyhabitat.org.

Columbia County Habitat Dedicates Energy-Saving Columbia Passive Townhouses

The completed Columbia Passive Townhouses at 244-246 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY.

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity (CCHfH) dedicated the revolutionary Columbia Passive Townhouses on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Hudson, NY. Designed by ground-breaking green architect Dennis Wedlick of BarlisWedlick Architects, the Columbia Passive Townhouses at 244-246 Columbia Street are the first Habitat homes in New York State designed to achieve the Passive House standard, the world’s most advanced building science benchmark for energy efficiency. Heating energy use in the Townhouses is expected to be 90% less than in conventional construction.

Pictured on the doorsteps of 244-246 Columbia Street at the dedication of Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s Columbia Passive Townhouses are, left to right, architect Dennis Wedlick of BarlisWedlick Architects, Habitat President Janis Smythe, Hudson Mayor Bill Hallenbeck and Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams. Photo credit: Sarah Sterling.

Wedlick, who volunteered the firm’s services for this project, explained the concept behind passive design: “Generally speaking, a Passive House is a high-performance residence that is able to maintain a constant comfortable indoor temperature, year-round, with little need for heating or air conditioning.  It is able to do so because of its carefully calibrated construction, which includes advanced wall framing and state-of-the-art insulation techniques. This Passive House design standard far exceeds the energy efficiency achieved by LEED or Energy Star 3 homes. While the standard is well-established in several European countries, few single-family homes in the U.S. have been able to achieve this level of energy efficiency. The Columbia Passive Townhouses will be one of the first multi-family homes in the nation to do so.”

CCHfH President Janis Smythe said, “The Board is very proud and happy to be the first Habitat affiliate in New York State to invest in a building that is designed to achieve Passive House standards. This year is our 20th anniversary and we couldn’t have a better way to celebrate. Habitat is all about affordable home ownership for families. The Columbia Passive Townhouses are affordable not only in their purchase cost and no-interest financing. These homes also offer their owners long-term financial sustainability as well because of the nominal energy required for heating.”

Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams added: “We broke ground for the townhouses in August, 2012. Because we’d never built a Passive House before, there was a pretty steep learning curve and lots of challenges on the way to bringing these homes in on time and, mostly, on budget. We succeeded through the strenuous efforts and great generosity of our volunteers, business partners and donors.”

In 2012, BarlisWedlick Architects designed the state’s first certified Passive House, the Hudson Passive Project, which proved to cut energy use by an extraordinary 99% for heating without the aid of solar, geothermal or wind. Constructed by the Bill Stratton Building Company and monitored by the New York State Energy Research Authority (NYSERDA), the unprecedented energy conservation achieved by this structure is credited to the home’s ability to maximize the warmth of the sun, natural lighting and internal airflow. The Hudson Passive Project team reunited to volunteer its design and construction expertise to bring about the Columbia Passive Townhouses. Using the same building science, BarlisWedlick predicts that the Columbia Passive Townhouse will use 90% less energy for heating and 70% less energy for all uses even when compared to homes designed to meet NYSERDA’s highest energy standard, Energy Star.

Questar Construction Trades students worked regularly on Columbia County Habitat’s Columbia Passive Townhouses. Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams said, “We really couldn’t have built the house without the skill and energy these young men brought to the site every time.” Pictured above, left to right, are: sitting — Questar Construction Trades Instructor Bill Ebel, Phil Martin, Habitat Board member and Questar site supervisor John Livingston, Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams, Aaron Jackson, Bruce Hamm and Kevin Kiefer. Standing — John Schermerhorn, Anthony Bashford, Robert Kohler, John Farace, John Dickert, Ronin Turner and Mike Bliss.

Air quality in Passive Houses is also significantly higher than in conventionally built or renovated homes because of the Energy Recovery Ventilating (ERV) systems that complete the Passive House designs. Although costly due to limited production in the United States, a Certified Passive House ERV system provides for fresh air 24 hours a day with virtually no heat loss or heat gain.

In addition to BarlisWedlick and the Bill Stratton Building Company, Habitat partners donating their services or products to the Passive House build include: the Columbia Passive Townhouses Team: Zero Energy Design, building science; The Levy Partnership, energy certification and field verification; GreenFiber, cellulose roof insulation; BASF, foundation insulation; Crawford & Associates, engineering; Intus, windows and James Romanchuk & Sons, custom kitchen and bath cabinetry. The City of Hudson and the Hudson Development Corporation gave the two lots to CCHfH. Habitat also received donations, grants and other funding for the project totaling $105,000 from the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, $40,000; the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, $30,000; the Galvan Foundation, $15,000; Herrington’s, Inc., $10,000 and Softwood Lumber, $10,000.

ReNew, April 20th Community Earth Day Celebration at ReStore, Offers Lots of Family Fun

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore will host ReNew, a Community Earth Day Celebration, on Saturday, April 20th.  A great way to observe Earth Day, ReNew will feature lots of activities for children and adults, plus local food and live broadcasts from Oldies 93.5 FM and 98.5 The CAT. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. at the ReStore, 829 Route 66, just east of the intersection of Routes 66 and 9H.

For the ReNew festivities, a number of local businesses and creative community members will return this year.Etsy will have earth-friendly crafts; Jody Rael of Solaqua will bring his solar gem car (totally cool); Hudson Acres Co-op will have info and bags for sale; Habitat will have paint-your-own house wind chimes for children. Mitchell Motsinger of sewandsewbymitchell has crafty plans for adults as well as youngsters.Mitchell will have materials to help kids make button bracelets,and she’ll also be prepared to show folks how to slipcover an ottoman. Food will be available from Ponto Brasil, a Jamaican food table and other vendors.Last but definitely not least will be baby goats for looking and petting.

ReStore’s 2012 ReNew Earth Day Community Celebration guests enjoy the day and the baby goats. Relatives of the goats will be a part of this year’s celebration. Photo credit: Jessica Willis.

Earth Day will also mark the grand ReOpening of Habitat’s newly-expanded ReStore. Since it opened in November of 2009, the ReStore has salvaged and sold over 230 tonsof usable materials that would otherwise have gone to landfills. The ReStore’s expansion will provide 1900 square feet of additional retail space, bringing the store’s total area up to 7000 square feet. ReStore’s retail hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Earth Day at 1 p.m.

To celebrate its big new digs and Columbia Couny Habitat’s 20th Anniversary, ReStore will have special sales starting on Earth Day, including 20% off all dining tables and chairs and 20% off all bathroom fixtures. Current merchandise ranges from tools to appliances, tiles to windows, doors to dining tables, bunkbeds to lighting of all kinds.

By offering gently-used and new goods for sale, the ReStore has made home repairs and improvements more affordable for area residents. All proceeds support Habitat’s mission to build affordable housing for working families. The ReStore is an important way that Habitat extends its impact beyond the families and neighborhoods that benefit directly from volunteer-built-homes into the broader community.

Join ReNew for a great day, rain or shine!!

Ichabod Crane H.S. Habitat for Humanity Gives Money & Muscle to Columbia County Habitat

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Brenda Adams visited the Ichabod Crane High School Habitat for Humanity Club on April 11 to express Habitat's thanks for the Club's strong support this year. The Valatie group, founded in 1996, raised more than $700 for the Columbia Passive Townhouses, Habitat's 2012-13 build. Several of the junior and senior class members also worked at the build in the fall and winter. Pictured above left to right are: first row — Randy Goold, Ichabod Crane faculty advisor; Joseph Agresta, Club President; Gabriel Mesidor, Secretary; Molly Izzi; Colleen Trethaway; Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams; Club advisor and founder Judy Bury; Aaron Mackey; Zack Ruggiero; Hannah DeWeerd and Jared Frick; second row — Megan Ford; Sierra Fraioli; Jessica Niemeyer, Vice President; Mark McCowan; Jason Pesce and Rainy McEwan.

The Columbia Passive Townhouses at 244-246 Columbia Street in Hudson were designed by acclaimed green architectural firm BarlisWedlick Architects and built to meet Passive House standards, which will reduce heating energy consumption by 90%. These revolutionary homes, the first affordable Passive Houses in New York State, will be dedicated on April 20th.

The Columbia Street Campaign

The Columbia Passive Townhouses are Phase III of Habitat’s Columbia Street Campaign and the 15th and 16th Habitat homes built in Columbia County since 1993. In March of 2012, Phase II completed two 2-story attached townhouses at 240 and 242 Columbia Street in Hudson. These single-family, owner-occupied residences were built to new higher Energy Star ratings for more economical and environmentally friendly energy use. Along with two similar townhouses at 444 and 446 Columbia Street, finished in 2011, these new homes are helping to revitalize the community and boost reinvestment in the neighborhood north of Warren Street.

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity (www.columbiacountyhabitat.org ) is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat brings together a community of neighbors and businesses to build simple, affordable houses. The homes are sold to working families with a no-interest mortgage. Columbia County Habitat was founded in 1993 and has built 16 houses in the County, including the six on Columbia Street and five on nearby Mill Street in Hudson. To encourage recycling and re-use as well as to raise money to support its program, Columbia County Habitat opened its ReStore in 2009, adjacent to its office at 829 Route 66, east of the 9H intersection.

HOME BASS: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat for Humanity Cabaret Concert Set for January 27 at Helsinki Hudson

HOME BASS: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat, will be a once-in-a-lifetime cabaret concert on January 27, 2013, at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY. Hosted by Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole/Smashing Pumpkins), HOME BASS will feature special guests (in alphabetical order), Melora Creager (Rasputina), Meshell Ndegeocello, Tommy Stinson (The Replacements/Guns ‘n Roses) and friends, with a special appearance by NYC Subway Girl Cathy Grier. The event will be a unique and intimate evening celebrating the worldwide work of Habitat for Humanity, which is founded on the conviction that every family should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.

Headliners for the HOME BASS: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat concert to benefit Columbia County Habitat are, top to bottom: Melissa Auf der Maur, Melora Creager, Meshell Ngdegeocello and Tommy Stinson, all internationally-acclaimed musicians. The concert will take place on January 27 at 7 pm at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY. Call 518-828-4800 for tickets and dinner reservations.


These internationally-acclaimed, Hudson-based musicians – three bassists and a cellist – have never joined artistic forces before, and have chosen to come together for Habitat. HOME BASS will follow a cabaret style format, with rotating cast of players and special guests playing original songs and covers.  
The concert will benefit Columbia County Habitat and its innovative project, the Columbia Passive Townhouses. Now being built in Hudson at 244-246 Columbia Street, these revolutionary homes will reduce their owners’ energy consumption and costs by 90%. They are the first affordable housing to be built in New York State according to Passive House design and construction standards.
Tickets for the 7 pm concert are $50 each for seats at tables; $30 for seats at the bar and $20 for general admission standing room. Dinner is available in the club, starting at 5:00 pm or in the Restaurant at Helsinki after the concert.  
To purchase tickets and make dinner reservations, call 518-828-4800.  For this event tickets are available by phone ONLY.

The Artists

Melissa Auf der Maur (MAdM), now the Creative Director of Basilica Hudson, was born and raised in Montreal, Canada with a fine arts education focusing on Music and Photography. From 1994 -1999 she was a member, songwriter and bass player of the international rock band Hole, culminating in the Billboard- and Grammy-nominated album “Celebrity Skin” released in 1998. In 2000 she joined the Smashing Pumpkins for their farewell world tour. In 2004 “Auf der Maur,” her first solo album, was released by Capitol Records/EMI worldwide. The album featured esteemed guest appearances by members of Queens of the Stone Age, NIN and A Perfect Circle. 2010 marked the release of OUT OF OUR MINDS, MAdM’s second solo project, which includes an album (featuring a notable duet with legendary Goth rocker Glenn Danzig), the OOOM fantasy film, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and a comic book. Melissa lives in Hudson with her partner and their year-old daughter. She serves on the Board of Directors of Columbia County Habitat.

Melora Creager
is a cellist/singer/composer/performing, recording and graphic artist. Born and raised in Kansas, she moved to New York City in the 1980’s to attend Parsons School of Design. A classically-trained cellist since age 9, Melora began her performance career with rock bands and East Village drag/performance artists, also in 80’s New York City. She founded the alternative/historical cello ensemble Rasputina in 1991. Melora played cello for rock band Nirvana on their final European tour in 1994. Since 1996, Rasputina has toured the US over 30 times, made seven albums, and influenced other major artists. Melora resides in Columbia County with her partner and two daughters, ages 3 and 13.

Canonized, marginalized or just scrutinized, Meshell Ndegeocello has given up trying to explain herself. After 20 years in an industry that has called her everything from avant garde to a dying breed, what unquestionably remains is the fearsome bassist, prolific songwriter, and the creativity and curiosity of an authentic musical force. Meshell Ndegeocello was born Michelle Johnson in Berlin, Germany and raised in Washington DC. By the early 90’s, she had landed in New York armed with a demo recorded in her bedroom, joined the Black Rock Coalition, and was soon signed to Maverick. Her latest album, her tenth and second for Naive, is “Pour Une Ame Souvraine” (For a Sovereign Soul), A Dedication to Nina Simone. Produced by Meshell and guitar player Chris Bruce, this album is a labor of love, a reflection of Meshell’s awe, affection, and gratitude for the pioneering work of a woman who refused to be owned by genre, industry, or expectation.

Tommy Stinson is a founding member of the seminal Minneapolis-based rock group The Replacements and current bass player for Guns N’ Roses and Soul Asylum. Stinson, whose career began at 13, has spent his entire life thus far making music and touring incessantly, leaving an indelible mark in the world of music and pop culture. After the Replacements stopped playing in 1991, Stinson went on to form his Faces-flavored group Bash & Pop and the more straightforward Perfect. His first solo release, Village Gorilla Head, was released in 2004 receiving praise from the critics and the fans. In 2012 he released his second solo effort, One Man Mutiny, on his own Done To Death Music label (distributed by Redeye). Stinson will donate a portion of the album’s net proceeds to the Timkatec Schools in Haiti. Last summer, Stinson raised over $40,000 through an on-line auction for the schools, which house and provide skilled trade education for abandoned and orphaned youths in the Pétionville district of Port-au-Prince.

Cathy Grier, the NYC Subway Girl, has participated in New York City’s MTA program, Music Under New York since 1999. She’s a singer/songwriter/guitarist who calls her style “folked-up blues.  It’s funky, it’s groovy, and it fits in with the chaos of the underground. Underground, commuters and I are collaborators in a musical, rhythmic, spontaneous soundtrack. The connection with the audience = commuters on their way to their destination, is a very different experience than performing on a stage.  It’s a deconstructed approach to music.  Most of us are living in a multi-tasking, low fidelity, and ear-bud listening digitized and photoshopped world.  Street performing is authentic in the pure fact that it is live – sometimes challenging, certainly spontaneous, which makes it exciting to me.” Cathy, a native of Connecticut, has also performed at Joe’s Pub, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Helsinki Hudson and a variety of international venues. She also writes a blog and creates videos of her subterranean experiences for her website, nycsubwaygirl.com. Cathy is a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity and the Columbia County affiliate.

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat brings together a community of neighbors and businesses to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The houses are sold to working families with a no-interest mortgage. Columbia County Habitat was founded in 1993 and has built 14 houses in the City of Hudson and throughout Columbia County.

Columbia County Habitat To Host September 9th Brunch at Helsinki Hudson Featuring Green Architect Dennis Wedlick

Pictured left to right at the Columbia County Habitat for Humanity (CCHfH) groundbreaking of 244-246 Columbia Street, Hudson NY: The Columbia Passive Townhouses are NYS Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Judy Green, CCHfH President Janis Smythe and architect Dennis Wedlick, the speaker at Habitat’s September 9 fundraising brunch at Helsinki Hudson. For reservations call 518-828-0892. Photo credit: Jessica Willis


Nationally acclaimed green architect Dennis Wedlick will star in Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s (CCHfH) first celebrity fundraising brunch of the season at Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, September 9 at 11:30 a.m.
Mr. Wedlick’s firm, Dennis Wedlick Architect LLC (DWA), has offices in Hudson and Manhattan. DWA is the architect of CCHfH’s newest project, the Columbia Passive Townhouses, whose design will reduce their owners’ energy usage and costs by 90%. Located at 244-246 Columbia Street in Hudson, these homes will be the first affordable Passive Houses in New York State and among the first in the nation.
CCHfH President Janis Smythe said, “Dennis spoke about Passive Houses at our brunch last fall. We were really inspired by him and the work he’s done. With his encouragement, we began to consider building Habitat Passive Houses. On August 8, 10 months after that brunch, we broke ground for the Columbia Passive Townhouses. That’s amazing!”
Tickets for the event are $45 and include a lavish Helsinki buffet brunch as well as an informative, challenging discussion. For reservations, please call Columbia County Habitat’s office at 518-828-0892 before Friday, September 7.
In 2011, DWA designed and the Bill Stratton Building Company constructed the first certified Passive House in New York State in nearby Claverack that continues to receive national attention. The remarkable energy conservation that has been achieved in this structure–and will be achieved in the Columbia Passive Townhouses–is credited to the home’s ability to maximize the warmth of the sun, natural lighting and internal air flow. Air quality in Passive Houses is also significantly higher than in conventionally built or renovated homes because of the Energy Recovery Ventilating (ERV) systems that complete the Passive House designs. The ERV systems provide for fresh air 24 hours a day with virtually no heat loss or heat gain.
In addition to DWA and the Bill Stratton Building Company, Habitat partners donating their services or products to the Passive House build include: Zero Energy Design, building science; The Levy Partnership, energy certification and field verification; GreenFiber, cellulose roof insulation; BASF, foundation insulation; Crawford & Associates, engineering; Intus, windows; and the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation. The City of Hudson and the Hudson Development Corporation gave the two lots to CCHfH.
Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams added, “We’re looking for volunteers to work on site at the build. Our first day will be Saturday, September 15.” A build generally takes seven months.

The Columbia Street Campaign
The Columbia Passive Townhouses are Phase III of Habitat’s Columbia Street Campaign. In March, Phase II completed two 2-story attached townhouses at 240 and 242 Columbia Street in Hudson. These single-family, owner-occupied residences were built to the highest Energy Star ratings for more economical and environmentally friendly energy use. Along with two similar townhouses at 444 and 446 Columbia Street, completed in 2011, these new homes are helping to revitalize the community and boost reinvestment in the neighborhood north of Warren Street.
Organizations, businesses, schools, community groups, or individuals who wish to volunteer for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity are invited to visit our website: www.columbiacountyhabitat.org or contact Barbara Henry or Gerry Nabozny, Volunteer Coordinators, at volunteer@columbiacountyhabitat.org .

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat brings together a community of neighbors and businesses to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The houses are sold to working families with a no-interest mortgage. Columbia County Habitat was founded in 1993 and has built 14 houses in the City of Hudson and throughout Columbia County, including the Phase II Columbia Street houses.