A group of 14 Deerfielders spent what started out as a slightly damp, but ultimately turned into a sunny, autumn Saturday at a Habitat for Humanity build site in Queens, NY. Habitat NYC acquired a portfolio of vacant and dilapidated homes from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) with the goal of rehabilitating them as affordable, energy efficient homes for low-income families who are first-time homebuyers. The 23 homes, 20 of which are in Queens and three of which are located in Brooklyn, were formerly in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) program. Many of these properties have fallen into severe disrepair and have a negative impact on the surrounding community. For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s efforts in NYC, please go to https://habitatnyc.org/projects/build/.