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Posted on: October 21, 2016

Southampton Town Receives “Zombie” Grant

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October 21, 2016
Contact: Supervisor’s office
(631) 283-6055 Connie Conway                           

SOUTHAMPTON TOWN RECEIVES “ZOMBIE” GRANT

The Town of Southampton is pleased to announce it will receive a sizable New York State grant to help remedy vacant and abandoned properties that are commonly referred to as Zombie homes.    The Town will receive a $175,000.00 grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) through the New York State Housing Stabilization Fund.

Using these funds, the Town will establish a proactive, sustainable program for prevention and remediation of “zombie”, vacant, blighted and abandoned properties as follows:

  • to set up a database of “zombie,”  properties by reviewing existing information services and inspecting properties, and share information with governmental and nonprofit partners for the purpose of returning the properties to productive use. 
  • for community outreach to conduct targeted grassroots outreach to connect property owners with foreclosure prevention programs NYS-HOPP and NYS-MAP
  • for training for municipal officials to explore strategies, tools and best practices for addressing vacant and abandoned properties
  • to add a part-time code enforcement staff member to focus on property maintenance issues

“We want to get to the root of the problem and prevent “zombie” homes from popping up in our neighborhoods”, said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.  “We believe we can stop it before it happens by identifying potential properties before they are either abandoned or go into foreclosure.  We want to help people stay in their homes and connect them to services that will do just that”, said Schneiderman.

Southampton is one of 16 communities on Long Island that will receive $3.3 million in state grants to help reduce the number of Zombie homes on Long Island.

 

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