From the Daily News:
About three dozen vacant and blighted properties in southeast Queens will soon be part of a neighborhood makeover.
Habitat for Humanity New York City plans to gut and rehab 38 of the city’s empty eyesores with the help of local volunteers — and sell them to low-income families who will help rebuild them.
Thirty-four of the properties are in southeast Queens — an area still struggling to recover from the recent foreclosure crisis.
“This is a hand up, not a hand out,” said the group’s CEO Neil Hetherington. “[The families] have gone from a situation of despair to one of hope.”
Thirteen homeowners are expected to be in their new residences — some of which have been vacant for more than a decade — by the end of the year. The rest of the houses are slated to be finished by late next year.