About L.I.Home Builders Care Development Corp.
Long Island Home Builders Care Development Corp. (LIHBCDC) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable arm of the Long Island Builders Institute (LIBI). It is our goal to build new homes for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Through the donation of land and dollars, and the donation or reduced charges of materials and labor, the homes will be awarded for purchase at a substantially reduced price to veterans who have applied and have been selected by a panel of VFW commanders.
This program is made possible through the joint efforts of Suffolk County, Private Donors, Local Municipalities and Members of LIBI through LIHBCDC’s “Building New Home for Returning Veterans” program. Suffolk County passed legislation for all 72-H properties which provides a preference for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan in the County’s Affordable Housing Program. Upon the passing of this legislation in 2009, the Town of Brookhaven donated two lots under this housing program. The Town of Brookhaven generously donated two plots of land in East Patchogue and one in Ronkonkoma. In 2011, through the efforts of Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko, and Deputy Supervisor and Councilwoman Kathy Walsh, a lot in Ronkonkoma was donated, upon which our second “Building New Home for Returning Veterans” is being built.
First New Home
In 2011, LIBI member Mark Baisch of Landmark Properties generously donated a beautiful site in Nassau County, NY to LIHBCDC for the purpose of building our first “Building New Home for Returning Veterans”. LIBI members rallied together to bring this dream to fruition.
Omar Domenech, First Veteran Recipient
In 2011, Staff Sergeant Omar Domenech was chosen to be the first recipient of a “Building New Home for Returning Veterans” at an incredibly reduced price by the VFW selection committee. After serving three tours of duty in Iraq and Kuwait, this returning veteran and Purple Heart recipient along with his wife and children, were awarded a two-story, three bedroom high ranch in Sound Beach, NY. The home was completed in November of 2011 and the Domenech family moved from the urban environment of Brooklyn, to the suburban community of Nassau County.
Second New Home
Tom Datre, the President of LIHBCDC, will be overseeing the building of the second “Building New Home for Returning Veterans” along with Vice President Mark Baisch, on land donated by the Town of Brookhaven, through Suffolk County’s 72-H Affordable Housing Program, in picturesque Lake Ronkonkoma. Lois Fricke, Director of Development, will be coordinating all the many aspects of this project along with Treasurer, Clara Datre. The LIBI membership is equally excited to rally anew behind this very deserving project.
Ryan Donnelly, Second Veteran Recipient Sergeant
Ryan Donnelly of the United States Marine Corps served in three tours of duty, two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. During his last deployment to Iraq in 2005, his Humvee was struck by an IED, where Sergeant Donnelly lost his right leg above the knee. Sergeant Donnelly received a Purple Heart for his actions during this attack.Sergeant Donnelly has been selected by a panel of VFW Commanders to be the second recipient of a brand new home at an incredibly reduced price, this time in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY. Ground breaks for this home on June 6, 2012 on land donated by the Town of Brookhaven, through Suffolk County’s 72-H Affordable Housing Program.
Donnelly is a Long Island native and is engaged to Tina McGrory, a veteran herself of the United States Army. He works in the Long Island Local 200 Plumbers Union and is currently in the fourth year of his five year apprenticeship program.
Click here to download the application document for Building new homes for Returning Veterans program.
If you would like to make a contribution to the building home or any of future homes, your donation will be greatly appreciated. Please click here to go to the Donate page to select one of the links. All donations are tax-deductible.