Success Stories

MAP Loan Closed; Prevents Foreclosure

Homeowner Preservation Services client, MaryAnn Orlando, recently closed on a New York State Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) loan.  MAP provides a 0% interest mortgage loan up to $40,000 to eligible New York homeowners at risk of foreclosure. Funds can be used to bring a mortgage current, help get a modification, pay off a mortgage or property tax arrears, or settle other debts that could lead to foreclosure.

CDCLI Housing Counselor, Leela Persad, assisted MaryAnn by evaluating her financial situation and creating a plan that enables MaryAnn to remain in her home and sustain her payments going forward.  “The assistance and assurance I received was excellent…Thank you to all of the workers of CDCLI.  It was expertly accomplished.”

CDCLI’s Weatherization Program Helps Long Islanders

Ms. Sammartino received 8 new vinyl thermopane windows, weather-stripping around her front door, 2 CO detectors, and attic insulation with new pull-down attic stairs. Antoinette has no more drafts coming through her windows and front door; she can sit comfortably on her couch without a blanket, and is now able to access her attic without a fear of falling thanks to CDCLI’s Weatherization Assistance Program.

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.”