Success Stories

72H Affordable Housing Program Helps First Time Homebuyers

CDCLI sold a house to a low-to moderate-income family today in North Amityville.  Vacant land was transferred to CDCLI by Suffolk County under its 72H Affordable Housing Program, which is designed to transfer tax delinquent properties to local agencies and organizations for affordable housing development. CDCLI constructed a two-story, 3 bedroom, 1½ bath energy efficient home from vacant land and sold it to first time homebuyers, Shania and Ricardo Buchanan.  Their two young nephews live with them, and they are expecting twins in the fall.  The Buchanans received over $96,000 in various down payment assistance and deferred loans to reduce the purchase price of the home.  They are excited to move into their new home, stating our programs and services “helped us to achieve a dream that we thought may not have been possible.  We are so happy that we were able to work with CDCLI.”

Affordable Housing for Persons with Disabilities

Debra Walters is a voucher recipient under the Mainstream program, which provides rental assistance under the Housing Choice Voucher Program to enable persons with disabilities to access affordable private housing.  CDCLI offers vouchers on behalf of two Long Island nonprofit organizations, as well as our own Mainstream for Persons with Disabilities Program.  Vouchers are limited, and Debra sat on the waiting list for a long time, but it was “absolutely worth the wait…because the benefits are astounding.”  She worked closely with her CDCLI Mainstream Program Coordinator, Graceann, who provided “moral support, and through her diligent work, today [Debra] is living in a home that [she] can be proud of and afford.”