Habitat for Humanity CEO Jimmy Jack at a home made of poured concrete being built on Oak Drive in Riverhead, where a wood frame roof, donated and installed by King Quality Construction is under construction. Photo: Alek Lewis

Riverhead is getting Long Island’s first Habitat for Humanity house made using poured concrete.

A Habitat home undergoing construction at 18 Oak Drive is being built using insulated concrete forms, or ICF, a method that uses concrete poured between blocks of polystyrene foam for walls, rather than a wood form. 

An ICF-built home is more energy efficient than a wood frame home because it is better insulated, according to Jimmy Jack, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Long Island. That will help bring down electricity costs for the low-income family that will be moving into it, Jack said.

Jack was on site Wednesday with King Quality Construction, who installed the wood roof for the new home as a donation to the nonprofit. GAF Roofing and ABC Supply Company donated supplies for the project. BuildBlock, a company based in Oklahoma City, donated the material for the home’s ICF walls, John said.

“People need homes. It’s the most important thing, to have a home — to build a family, to build a life, to build a dream. And you can’t afford it on Long Island. The prices are insane.” said King Quality CEO Jeff Brett. “This is a path to making a homeowner’s dream come true. So not only do we want to do the roof and help them, but we want to bring more awareness to Habitat, to have other businesses step up and help out.”

“I love the statement ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’ And I always say ‘it takes a village to build a house for a family,’” Jack said.

Families looking to buy a Habitat home must go through financial training, do community service and do 300 “sweat equity” hours working on a Habitat home, said Jack, whose family bought a Habitat home more than 30 years ago. The families pay a mortgage equal to roughly 30% of their monthly income, according to Habitat’s website. 

“It’s just such an awesome thing where we all come together,” Jack said. “But the greatest thing, as you know, is that in about maybe four to six months, there’s going to be a family that we give the keys to. And they open that door, they walk in there and they weep and they cry, and they’re just so blessed. It’s a dream come true.”

Jack said Habitat has already selected the family that will receive the three bedroom, one bath home. The home will cost roughly $200,000 through Habitat and will have a value of roughly $450,000, Jack said.

Correction: The original version of this article misspelled the name of Habitat for Humanity Long Island’s CEO. His name is Jimmy Jack, not Jimmy John.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: alek@riverheadlocal.com