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Southampton Housing Authority Celebrates The Completion Of The First Southampton Workforce Housing Program Lottery Home
It began with a notice that applications were being accepted for the opportunity to own a home in the Town of Southampton. Almost 18 months after being selected as one of eleven participants in the Southampton Workforce Housing Program Lottery, Rich Lalomia opened the door to a beautiful, new energy efficient home.
With his father, friends, co-workers and dignitaries around him, Mr. Lalomia cut the ceremonial ribbon to his three bedroom, two bath house on Wednesday, April 24. Curtis Highsmith Jr, Managing Director of the Southampton Housing Authority (TSHA), congratulated Rich on his new home. He also acknowledged the Suffolk County Community Development Consortium ,Town of Southampton, the staff at the Southampton Housing Authority, John and Laura Cangemi of Manzi Homes East LLC and the Long Island Housing Partnership for “their hard work and dedication towards the building of affordable homes for the citizens of the Town of Southampton.”
Mr. Highsmith introduced featured speaker Assemblyman Fred Thiele, former Town of Southampton Supervisor. “Owning an affordable home on Long Island has, unfortunately, become out of reach for many residents. No matter how hard Long Islanders work, the cost of living, coupled with high property taxes and increasing housing costs are making homeownership a more difficult goal to achieve,” said Mr. Thiele. “This is precisely why the Southampton Workforce Housing Program is so important. This program helps make safe, quality housing a reality for the hard-working men and women on the East End, and I am proud to celebrate the completion of the first of eleven Workforce Housing Program Lottery Homes in our community. “
Town of Southampton Councilwoman Bridget Fleming shared “This is a joyful day, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the county, Town, Town of Southampton Housing Authority, and private industry. The need for workforce housing is at a crisis point on Eastern Long Island so there is still work to be done. But we are pleased that, thanks to our successful joint efforts, a hardworking member of our community has a chance to be a homeowner. We congratulate this new homeowner and we look forward to offering that chance to more members of the community as we continue to make progress in our housing efforts.”
Mr. Highsmith thanked Joe Sanseverino, Assistant Vice President of Long Island Housing Partnership (LIP) for their support and guidance with the program. “This true public/private partnership between LIP and the Southampton Housing Authority created the opportunity for this first-time homebuyer to realize the American dream of homeownership,” said Mr. Sanseverino.
Ryan McCarty of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellona’s office presented the TSHA with a proclamation recognizing them as an “outstanding organization that renders significant contributions to the enhancement of our region and the betterment of our residents.”
Mr. Lalomia, a Town of Southampton employee, was selected via lottery from a pool of eligible applicants. Participants had to complete applications, attended mortgage counseling and qualify for financing.
The Southampton Workforce Housing Program is in partnership with TSHA, LIP, the Town of Southampton, Mani Homes East LLC, Suffolk County Community Development Consortium and the Southampton Community Housing and Development Corporation. In total, eleven homes will be built throughout the Town of Southampton by the end of 2014. The building lots were acquired through the Suffolk County 12 Affordable Housing Program, in which properties revert, back to municipalities due to Real Estate Tax evasion. The properties are then offered to townships and housing programs for affordable housing use only.
For more information about the TSHA, visit www.southamptonhousingauthority.com