Community rebuilds Mineola home in disrepair

Habitat for Humanity Nassau County, the Disability Opportunity Fund and local volunteers have helped rebuild the home of a struggling Mineola family. There are 12

MINEOLA - Habitat for Humanity Nassau County, the Disability Opportunity Fund and local volunteers have helped rebuild the home of a struggling Mineola family. There are 12 Clarkin siblings, seven of whom have disabilities. And six of the 12 brothers and sisters live together in a Mineola home that had fallen into disrepair.When News 12 profiled the one-story house in May, the walls and ceilings were crumbling, and rooms were plagued with mold and mildew from water damage.With fundraising and financing assistance from the Disability Opportunity Fund, as well as hands-on help from Habitat for Humanity Nassau County, the home has been transformed. The Clarkin family's newly rebuilt house has doubled in size to nearly 2,500 square feet, meaning the siblings can finally have their own rooms. The Clarkin siblings only had to complete 300 hours of work on the house, but they put in more than 1,000 hours. Meanwhile, volunteers spent just short of a year creating the family's new home.

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