Registration Now Open for 2016 Housing Summit

Registration is now open for the November 19, 2016 housing summit:

Keeping Our Young People in Huntington

The Need for Affordable Rental Housing and Downtown Revitalization

Registration and attendance are free,but it will help us to plan if you could please register in advance.

Register now @www.hthcsummit.eventbrite.com

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HTHC to have Housing Summit November 19th

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:

HTHC rental housing summit SAVE THE DATE flyer

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Melville Plan Offers Affordable Housing Opportunities

At the  June 23rd Huntington Housing Coalition General Membership meeting, we announced an opportunity for affordable housing that shows great promise.  Responding to the Huntington 2020 Master Plan’s call for development of an integrated land-use plan for the  Melville Corridor, the Town hired a  company that, with community input, developed a Melville Employment Center plan suggesting re-zoning that would shift the area from exclusive commercial to mixed use, including the possible creation of 495 residential units. In the past several weeks, we have met with Supervisor Frank Petrone and then with Huntington staff who helped develop the plan.  In our conversation with Supervisor Petrone, we pointed out that the current Huntington Homes Law  requires a 20% affordable housing set aside ONLY when a residential property is downzoned – meaning it is rezoned for higher density, say from one acre to multi-family housing.  The Law does not apply when a property is rezoned from commercial to mixed use that includes residential.  Supervisor Petrone agreed with us that the Law could be amended so that the affordable housing requirement would apply in such situations, such as the Melville plan. Last night we received a unanimous vote at the General Membership meeting for our Coalition to move forward advocating for this change in the Huntington Homes Law. We are currently in discussion with Town officials about language that might be used in the amendment.  We are also planning a meeting  with Town officials and other stakeholders to discuss the inclusion of affordable family housing in the Melville plan.   This is one of the most important affordable housing developments that we have seen. Here is the link to the current edition of the LI Business News cover story on the Melville plan http://libn.com/2016/06/24/melville-makeover/ and here is the link  to the plan itself: www.huntingtonny.gov/mec
We will keep you informed as the Melville process goes forward.  As of now, we will not have a General Membership meeting in July.  Our next General Membership meeting will be at 6:30PM on Monday, September 26th at the Dolan Family Health Center.
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Home Buyer Grants for First-time Home Buyers!

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.

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Coalition Supports Renaissance Housing But Calls for More Affordable Rentals Throughout Huntngton

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.

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