Here is a nice little feature of Newburgh Habitat for Humanity in the National Trust for Historic Preservation website. Newburgh was featured along with 6 other communities as successful case studies for Habitat preservation.
“Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh (HFHGN) was established in 1999 and immediately set to work rehabilitating houses in the Washington Heights neighborhood, a part of the large East End historic district. In its brief history, HFHGN has completed 23 rehabilitation projects and constructed 20 new houses. According to Executive Director Deirdre Glenn, the affiliate began work in the Washington Heights neighborhood with the hope that affordable rehabilitation of existing homes would ease the widespread problems of overcrowding and neglect, and bring the formally vibrant late-19th-century neighborhood back to life. “