Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) broke ground this morning on a new affordable home in North Amityville. The 3 bedroom, 1½ bathroom house is being constructed on a tax foreclosed lot that was donated by Suffolk County under the 72-H program. The purchase price of the home will be subsidized by the Town of Babylon, using federal HOME dollars, and by the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation. The house will be energy efficient and green, fostering long-term savings and a healthy living environment.
Marianne Garvin, President and CEO for CDCLI, presided over the ceremony, and was joined by key governmental partners, including Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, and Babylon Council Members Tony Martinez and Tom Donnelly. The builder, Mike Murtha of Murtha Construction, was also present.
Ms. Garvin explained that CDCLI is accepting applications for this home and two more that will be constructed in other communities. Prospective purchasers must submit an application by 12/31/15. Applications and Program Guidelines are available at www.cdcli.org or by calling (631) 471-1215, ext. 211. “CDCLI is dedicated to the creation of additional affordable and sustainable housing throughout Long Island,” said Garvin. “Over the years, we have developed nearly 1,700 units of affordable rental housing for families and seniors, and 228 units of first-time homebuyer housing. These initiatives provide desperately needed quality housing, provide construction jobs, and help to stabilize and revitalize communities.”
“Under our 72-H program, Suffolk County is proud to partner with the Community Development Corporation of Long Island to offer the opportunity of home ownership to Suffolk County residents,” stated County Executive Steve Bellone. “Ensuring the home’s construction incorporates green building guidelines is a win for the homeowner and a win for the environment.”
Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer stated “Homeownership helps to build strong communities, and we are looking forward to more redevelopment activities such as this throughout the Town.”
Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory said “I am glad to support the efforts of CDC of Long Island as they seek to provide housing opportunities for families on Long Island.” He was represented by one of his staff members.