New Residential Reuse Program Helps Build Affordable Housing

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SOUTHAMPTON, NY — A new program in Southampton will help people to donate their new or gently used items to help those in need — and support affordable housing projects.

Southampton Town has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk to launch the initiative: On Wednesday, Southampton Town Councilwoman Julie Lofstad was joined by Lee Silberman of Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk and others to unveil the “Partnership to Reuse” program at the North Sea transfer station.

The aim is to collect new or slightly used furniture, appliances, kitchen cabinets, and building materials from town residents, which will then be resold at the Suffolk ReStore in Ronkonkoma, with proceeds supporting affordable housing projects.

“I’m very excited about this partnership,” said Lofstad. “It will keep functional and usable items out of landfills, while helping Habitat for Humanity build affordable housing, which is consistent with the town’s goals to reduce waste and increase our affordable housing inventory.”

“Southampton residents can now pass on unwanted items, clear clutter while making a difference, helping Habitat build affordable housing for low-mid income families in Suffolk County. Items donated to Suffolk ReStore are sold to the public to support Habitat’s vision — a world where everyone has a decent place to live. This is a win-win for everyone,” Silberman, CEO and executive director of Habitat of Humanity of Suffolk, said.

Residents can drop off items at the North Sea transfer station on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Commercial entities and contractors can participate by contacting Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk directly to arrange for off-site pick-ups.

For more information on the residential reuse program, contact Councilwoman Julie Lofstad at 631-287-5745 or Courtney Collins at 631-459-3964, or email courtney@habitatsuffolk.org.

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