Ellis Sotheby’s Realty Funds New Home for Haitian Family

Real Estate In-Depth | February 2018

NYACK—Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, which recently raised more than $6,000 to build a hurricane-resistant house for a family in Labodrie, Haiti, has announced that construction is complete and the family has moved into its new home.

Construction was completed within six months through the luxury brokerage firm’s partnership with New Story, a non-profit that works to transform dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes. All of the funds raised by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty donors, including associates and agents who contributed donations from their home-sale closings, went toward the building of the new home.

“Every dollar raised went directly to fund the construction of a concrete, sustainable home for a family in Haiti,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “With a living area, two bedrooms, kitchen, access to clean water and an outdoor latrine, they finally have the space and sanitary conditions to focus their energy on building their lives rather than struggling to survive. We sincerely thank everyone who, through their generous donations, helped us achieve our goal to change a family’s life.”

The home was built utilizing local labor and locally sourced construction materials to help provide jobs and economic stability for the community.

The Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty team, which also supports arts education in local schools through a partnership with the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, felt compelled to reach beyond the local community to “help Haitian families who lack basic human needs,” Ellis said.