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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“The Eviction Economy”

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

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Survey Shows Long Islanders are More Accepting of Multi-Family Housing

Newsday reported on December 17th, 2015 that a just-released study by the Long Island Index found that Long Islanders are growing more accepting of multi-family hosing options, instead of the traditional single family home that has dominated our landscape.  “Nearly 30 percent of Island respondents would like to live in an apartment, condominium or town house within five years – double the number who live in such housng types now.”  In addition, the survey found that 60percent of Long islanders (compare with 49 percent of Northern New York and Connecticut suburbs) said that “the lack of affordable hosing is a very or extremely serious problem in their area.”  This shift in public opinion is significant. Our elected officials who are wed to single-family ownership homes and who oppose multi-family housing need to catch up with their constituents. Here is the link to the Newsday story: http://www.newsday.com/business/liers-grow-more-supportive-of-downtown-apartments-survey-1.11233218

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