The Huntington Township Housing Coalition, in association with the League of Women Voters of Huntington, is sponsoring a housing summit on November 19th at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. Titled “Keeping Our Young People in Huntington…The Need for Affordable Rental Housing and Downtown Revitalization”, the summit will have speakers including town officials, businesses, and local civic associations. For more details see the flyer:
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Attention all prospective First Time Home Buyers!
Suffolk County will be announcing their First Time Home Buyer grant program in early September. You could be eligible for a $14,000 grant towards a down payment on your first home.
Housing Help Inc. is authorized by Suffolk to provide the required Pre-Purchase education in order to qualify for the grant. If you are interested in the program call Susan at 631-754-0373 for details.
The Huntington Township Housing Coalition has consistently supported the Renaissance Downtowns economic revitalization goals for Huntington Station. We have consistently argued that attainable rental housing for young people and seniors should be a part of this economic revitalization. At the same time, we believe that affordable rental housing, for young people, seniors and especially families, needs to be created in all parts of the Town of Huntington. Here is our letter to the Town Board and Zoning Board of Appeals that was sent on April 1st and published in the April 7 edition of The Long Islander HTHC Renaissance letter April 2016.
Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond has published a new study, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” that is being hailed as a seminal work on how the lack of affordable housing is ruing the lives of low-income Americans. On February 12th, 2106, The New York Times reviewer wrote: “After ‘Evicted,’ it will no longer be possible to have a serious discussion about poverty without having a serious discussion about housing. Like Jonathan Kozol’s ‘Savage Inequalities,’ or Barbara Ehrenreich’s ‘Nickeled and Dimed,’ or Michelle Alexander’s ‘The New Jim Crow,’ this sweeping, years-long project makes us consider inequality and economic justice in ways we previously had not.” On March 6th, Professor Desmond wrote a compelling essay in The Times which documents some of his key findings. This is a must read for Coalition supporters and all people of good will who care about homelessness and the suffering caused by the lack of safe and affordable housing options for poor people. The article can be accessed here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/06/opinion/sunday/the-eviction-economy.html?_r=0