Retiring Melville Chamber President Bids Sad Farewell to LI

Mike DeLouise, long-time President of the Melville Chamber of Commerce and a frequent partner with Huntington Township Housing Coalition, bid a hauntingly beautiful farewell to LI in a June edition of the Long Island Business News.  Mike is retiring off the Island.  His farewell, however, contains an urgent warning that if LI does not provide more affordable housing options, our future is in peril.  His warning needs to be taken seriously, very seriously.  Read the entire piece at this website

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HTHC Testified for $15 an Hour Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers

On June 18th, Joan Penrose Borum spoke for HTHC at the Long Island  hearing of the NYS Fast Food Workers’ Wage Board, supporting Governor Cuomo’s recommendation that fast food workers receive a $15 an hour minimum wage increase. Her testimony pointed out that at the current minimum wage of $8.75 an hour, fast food workers cannot find affordable rental housing.  Since most are adults with family obligations, these workers need to earn enough to pay their rent.  Even at $15 an hour, this is  a struggle.  The Coalition hopes that the Wage Board will rule favorably on this proposal at the end of July and that their decision will prompt an across-the-board minimum wage crease when the NYS Legislature reconvenes in January, 2016. Read our testimony: HTHC Wage Board testimonyHTHC Wage Board testimony

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“Zombie Homes” Consortium Makes Progress

At its third meeting, the “Zombie Homes” consortium created by the Town Board just two months ago is closing in on a possible purchase of an abandoned and foreclosed home that can be rehabbed into an affordable home for first-time homebuyers. .  HTHC serves on this consortium, along with Councilwomen Tracey Edwards and Susan Berland, representatives of the LI Housing Partnership, the Community Development Corporation of LI, the Huntington Community Development Corporation, Housing Help and others.  The LI Housing Partnership is taking the lead in this project.  We hope this will be a prototype for other abandoned/foreclosed homes in Huntington becoming rehabilitated, affordable homes. For more information go to this website

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