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We believe it is important to feel supported when caregiving. While those being cared for need the best possible care and kindness, so do those who are caring for them. Caregivers, Adult Children of Aging Parents and also Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Groups meet regularly. All Support Groups are held at the Hampton Bays Senior Center
For information please call: 631-728-1235 Open: Monday-Fridays, 8:00am - 3:30pm
The Town’s transportation program is one of our top priorities and important to our seniors and their families. This service can be a lifeline to many seniors enabling them to remain in their own home and community. One ride at a time! This important program is designed to aid residents of the Town of Southampton. It can be used for transportation to and from basic essential services such as shopping, bank, post office, drug store, hair dresser, barber shop, non-emergency medical visits, governmental agencies and hospital / nursing home visitation of a sick spouse. This service is available to senior citizens and/or handicapped individuals within the township, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Please note:
‘For those confined to a wheel chair, transportation to medical appointments via a bus equipped with a hydraulic lift is available. Medical appointments must be made well in advance (minimum 5 days notice required if possible), and if any type of assistance is needed a responsible adult is requested to accompany the person. Medical appointment times are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and are taken on a first come-first serve basis so we can serve each of those in need as quickly and conveniently as possible.
Are you a Senior… age 60+? Come join us for fun activities, lunches, health and wellness, entertainment and new friendships. We also have volunteer opportunities. Enjoy healthy, comforting meals and share them with new and old friends, in a warm and welcoming setting in one of our Town Community Centers. Each weekday morning and afternoon a variety of activities are offered for fun, education, creativity, and to help you feel vital and connected in a very pleasant and inviting social center. Lunch is served at noon daily and alternate meal choices are available offering the “best deal in town.” Suggested contribution is $3.50 per meal. Round-trip transportation is available if needed. Of course there are many wonderful “SPECIAL SENIOR PROGRAMS”: Recreation, Health and Exercise Classes, Social and Cultural Programs, Trips and our Annual Senior Citizen Picnic For additional information, please call 631-728-1235.
Home-delivered meals can be provided on a temporary or long-term basis, five days per week, for home-bound seniors. Please call one of our three community centers to make arrangements that fit your needs. Town Community Centers Locations and Hours:
Open Monday-Fridays 8:00am to 4:00pm
Each weekday morning and afternoon a variety of activities are offered for fun, education, creativity, and to help you feel vital and connected in a very pleasant and inviting social center. Lunch is served at noon daily and alternate meal choices are available offering the “best deal in town.” Suggested contribution is $3.50 per meal. Round-trip transportation is available if necessary.
A. For each subsequent false POLICE ALARM, the following schedule of fees shall apply: First false police alarm is: no charge Second false alarm: $100.00 Third false alarm: $200.00 Fourth false alarm: $250.00 Fifth false alarm: $300.00 Sixth or more false alarm: $400.00
B. For each subsequent false FIRE ALARM, the following schedule of fees shall apply: First false fire alarm: no charge Second false fire alarm: $400.00 Third false fire alarm: $500.00 Fourth false fire alarm $750.00 Fifth or more false fire alarm: $1,000.00
Town of Southampton Attention: Alarm Billing 116 Hampton Road Southampton, NY 11968
Please attach any supporting documentation. This must be completed within 30 days of the invoice date located at the top right corner of your invoice
Ex: A homeowner/tenant cannot cancel the call, only the alarm company can. The alarm company has policies set in place to confirm that the homeowner is the one calling like a pass code or password. The police dispatch do not have the means of being able to confirm the caller is the actual homeowner or that the homeowner isn’t canceling because they are under duress(being made to do so). The only alarms that cannot be canceled are a panic, holdup or fire alarms.
Ex: Many of the false alarms are caused by the housekeeper or a plumber entering the home without the property owner’s knowledge or the owner forgetting to turn off the alarm.
If you have friends of family staying at the property, please make sure that all the individuals have the proper information to disarm the alarm system or the pass code so that they can provide the information to the alarm company when they call.
Ex: A seasonal resident has a permanent residence in NYC and their alarm goes off. They have no knowledge of why the alarm is going off and cannot get to the property in a timely manner. Luckily, the alarm company called the caretaker and they checked the residence. It was a faulty sensor and the alarm company canceled the police dispatch.
Ex: You don’t want a company that takes your call in September and schedules a service call in November. That defeats the point of having a service call. You’re calling because the system is not working correctly, continuously causing more false alarms, and in turn, taking up police resources.
Ex: A property owner has had their alarm for years. All of a sudden, the alarm has sounded for three days for no reason. When the alarm technician checked the system, he found a broken wire in the wall that was triggering the alarm.
Ex: If you have a home phone and the power goes out, your alarm system may send a signal to the alarm company similar to a tripped alarm. With the power out, the alarm company cannot reach you on your home number and your cellular is not strong enough to receive calls, so the police are dispatched.
Ex: An alarm company has sent in a letter stating that a customer has had a repair to their system. There was no appeal received from the homeowner in our file. We have no proof that the property owner wanted to appeal the false alarm invoice and whether they have knowledge that the alarm company had sent the letter. Therefore, we cannot accept any correspondence unless it is from the property owner/tenant.
Full name, Customer Id # (this can be found on the right side of your invoice about ¼ of the page down), a detailed message stating what you are inquiring about. Example: What is my current balance? Along with a phone number to receive a return call back.
Please be advised that this is a very high volume call line. Please be assured that your call will be answered in the order in which it is received and given the same adequate attention as all other previous calls.
“School districts and other governmental agencies would be exempt for paying the false burglar alarm fees imposed by Town Code Sec. 85-4(A) and (B).”
Schools, libraries, and any government owned property are the only exception and are excluded from paying false alarm fines.
In general the tent company handling the transaction will submit the application. If an individual wants or needs to submit the application directly they can download the Tent Permit Application or call 631-702-2919 to have one faxed or mailed.
In the United States, the term affordable housing is used to describe housing, rental or owner-occupied, that is affordable to families who work and earn all levels of incomes. Affordable homes and affordable rental prices are geared to low, moderate or middle income families based on the Area Median Income (AMI) levels that the United State Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) establishes yearly. Many working families are priced out of the market in the high-priced housing market on the East End of Long Island.
Affordable housing provides opportunity and choices to individuals and families throughout the town of Southampton to live meaningful and successful lives. Everyone who lives or works in Southampton deserves the opportunity live in quality affordable housing located in the town. When it comes down to the numbers, integrating affordable housing throughout our community can provide more access to jobs, health care, quality education and overall opportunity. It will help keep young families and seniors in the communities where they live and work. It will also alleviate the traffic congestion because employees who cannot afford to live here must drive to their jobs.
All affordable housing programs qualify recipients based on their income. Since different parts of the country have varying living costs and income levels, the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determines an Area Median Income (AMI) for each housing market throughout the country. For example, the area median income in Nassau/Suffolk area for a family of four in 2017 is $110,800 while the median income in Greenville, North Carolina is $57,000. HUD takes into account the high cost of living on Long Island. In the Town of Southampton because of the high cost of living and high property values, even a family making over $100,000 finds it impossible to afford a market rate home. To qualify for assistance, family size is taken into account because of higher costs of providing for a larger family.
There are literally dozens of different housing programs that you might qualify for. Generally, if you earn less than 60% of the median income for your area, you can qualify for LIHTC apartments, which makes up the largest chunk of rental apartments available. To qualify for rental subsidies, where you only pay 30% of your income for rent, you'll need to earn less than 50% of the median income. Many of the programs go out of their way to target even lower income people, even as low as 30% of the median income. Homeownership is targeted to low/moderate and moderate working families who earn 60% to 120%. (Click here to see the HUD Income Chart)
The Town has established a Housing Registry to keep you informed of opportunities for affordable homeownership or affordable apartments. You can apply by filling out an application on the town’s website: www.southamptontownny.gov. You will be notified of any new housing or resales of existing affordable housing that becomes available. New developments will be sold through a lottery system. Resales will be posted on the town’s web site or you will receive email notification of availability. You will also be notified of rental opportunities (not Section 8) through the web site and by email.
90% of potential homebuyers have some blemishes on their credit, but as long as you are willing to put in the effort you can begin to improve your situation. If you think you may have a poor credit history, you should begin the home-buying process by attending mortgage counseling. Free and confidential mortgage counseling is available at several agencies. The Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP: 631-435-4171) and the Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI: 631-471-1215) are just two of several HUD certified counseling agencies that will help you learn if you are ready for homeownership. They will also assist in teaching you how to repair your credit in advance of purchasing a home.
Though it is incorrectly used to describe all housing that is assisted with government funding, subsidized housing describes housing that has funding for rental assistance. That is, housing where all or a portion of the occupants monthly housing cost is paid for directly by the government. An example of this is the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program (HVC) commonly known as Section 8, where a renter only pays the portion of the rent that is determined to be affordable to them based on their income.
Unfortunately, Section 8 (The Housing Choice Voucher Program) has a negative impression though it's a good program that helps good people. Section 8 is a HUD program that helps renters pay their rent by paying for any rent costs that exceed 30% of the renter’s income. If a renter earns $2,000 per month in San Francisco but their rent costs $1,150 per month, Section 8 helps by paying $550 of that rent since 30% of the renter’s income is $600. This rental subsidy is very scarce and there are waiting lists across the country for the program.
The Southampton Town Housing Authority maintains a waiting list of applicants for Section 8 vouchers or available apartments at the Hampton Bays Apartment Complex. Please contact them directly at 631-488-4220 or visit the Southampton Town Housing Authority at www.southamptonha.org to get more information.
Housing authorities have been around for many years and was the country's first concerted effort to provide affordable housing to lower income Americans. A housing authority is usually locally based, owns affordable rental units and serves a whole city or county. The Town of Southampton Housing Authority (STHA) was created to help lower income residents afford rental housing according to their incomes. The STHA owns and operates the Hampton Bays Apartments for low-income seniors and disabled. The STHA receives administrative funding from HUD for each apartment and the tenant portion of the rents to operate and maintain the facility. The STHA also administers the Town’s Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program
Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) is a Federal housing assistance program that provides tax incentives to owners of affordable housing. The program does not provide direct assistance to renters and is strictly used to finance the construction (not the operation) of rental properties. Usually, LIHTC properties have units available for families earning 60% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI). The rental properties are usually of very high quality and are often mistaken for luxury apartment communities. LIHTC is America's most successful affordable housing program having created millions of affordable rental units since its inception in the late 1980's. The lovely Woodbridge Apartments in Hampton Bays are a LIHTC development.
The Town of Southampton does not have emergency housing capabilities. If you have an emergency, Suffolk County Department of Social Services provides those services. You may call 631-853-9930 or after 4:30 pm or weekends call: 631-854-9100.
HUD Certified Mortgage Counseling Agencies:
Offers mortgage counseling and homebuyer education to the general public, free of charge. Topics covered may include reverse mortgages, pre purchase information and requirements, refinancing and foreclosure prevention strategies. Group seminars may be requested to be held at local Town Halls or public libraries.
Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP)180 Oser AvenueHauppauge, NY 11788631-435-4710www.lihp.org
Offers Nassau and Suffolk County residents information on first time home buying, down payments, closing cost assistance, competitive first time homebuyer mortgage products, and tips on how to negotiate with a seller.
Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI)2100 Middle Country RoadCentereach, NY 1170631-471-1215www.cdcli.org
Provides decent low cost housing for the homeless and very low income families. Support services are provided to tenants in budgeting, money management, mortgage delinquency/default, pre-purchase, Default Homebuyer Education Workshops, Second Chance Program, Housing Rehabilitation Program, rental assistance counseling, FAN Program, Senior Program, Quality of Life Program, utility assistance when available and anger management.
Bellport, Hagerman, East Patchogue Alliance (BHEP)1492 Montauk HighwayBellport, NY email@example.com
Suffolk County Down Payment Assistance Program:
Provides first-time homebuyers with federal funds for a portion of the down payment 75% down payment assistance is available towards the purchase of a principal residence, up to a maximum of $14,000 or $12,000, depending on income level. Serves the towns of Brookhaven, East Hampton, Huntington, Riverhead, Smithtown, Southampton, Southold, and Shelter Island. Call for more information: 631-853-5705.
Landlord/Tenant Dispute Education and Resolution:
Provides housing counseling for landlord/tenant-rights and responsibilities, rent payment increases and eviction situations and mortgage counseling to homeowners. Pre-purchase, pre-rental and mortgage default predatory lending counseling. An appointment may be required for some counseling.
Long Island Housing Services (LIHS)640 Johnson Avenue – Suite 8Bohemia, NY 11716631-567-5111www.lifairhousing.org
SONYMA Mortgage Programs
The State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) offers five mortgage programs to assist first-time homebuyers with the purchase of a home in New York State. The five mortgage programs feature competitive interest rates, low down payment requirements, flexible underwriting guidelines, no prepayment penalties and down payment assistance. Each of these features is designed to make your home purchase more affordable. All SONYMA loans are financed through the sale of tax exempt bonds.
Low Interest Rate ProgramSONYMA's standard mortgage program for a first-time homebuyer* purchasing a newly constructed or existing home.
Call SONYMA Information Hub: 1-800-382-HOME (4663) for more information or visit the SONYMA website
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Complaints may also be made through the support staff either by telephone at 631-702-1700, or in person at Town Hall (Lower Level), 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968. Complaints and letters can also be mailed to the above address, however many letters do not provide us with all the information necessary to commence an investigation. Report a Violation
Applications are available online. They can also be picked up at the Code Enforcement Department, Lower Level, 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968.
Permit information is not available online. If you feel that a house is rented, Report an online complaint with Code Enforcement. The allegation will be investigated.
Code EnforcementPh: 631-702-1700Fx: 631-283-2694
Septic tank additives claiming to eliminate the need for pumping can compromise the functioning of septic systems.
Septic tanks contain all of the microbes needed to break down waste; the small amounts of bacteria and enzymes found in a single dose of septic tank additives have not been shown to significantly increase the efficiency of septic systems.
Disposing of harsh or toxic chemicals, or the use of antibacterial products, can kill the beneficial microbes in septic systems that degrade harmful substances in wastewater. Examples of chemicals which may harm a septic system include bleach, drain cleaners, disinfectants, paint thinners, pharmaceuticals, antibacterial soaps, and pesticides. These chemicals should be disposed of at transfer stations and, when they will be drained into a septic tank, used minimally.
Leaky faucets and other excessive household inputs will increase the frequency with which pumping is required. Draining large volumes of water into a septic tank (such as from a pool or hot tub) can stir up the sludge collected at the bottom of the tank, allowing it to escape potentially clog the drainfield.
Dental floss, diapers, feminine hygiene products, condoms and other non-biodegradable items should never be disposed of into a septic system as they may cause clog damage.
Groundwater runoff from driveways and patios as well as roof and drains and basement sumps should be diverted away from the septic tank's drainfield as flooding the drainfield slows down the treatment process.
Only grass should be planted over and near a septic system. Roots from larger plants may damage the septic tank or drainfield.
The area over a septic tank and its drainfield should not be paved or driven over. These activities can compact the soil causing slow drainage and reduced efficiency of the cleansing process. They may also cause damage to underlying pipes and other equipment.
Soil nutrient testing can be performed by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County to measure the amount of nutrients in the soil, and determine whether fertilizer is needed
Fertilizer is typically only needed on lawns if the density of grass is low and soil is visible. If the lawn density is high, no fertilizer is needed.
In Suffolk County, it is illegal to fertilize lawns between November 1st and April 1st. Fertilizing during that period can result in a fine of $1000.
Fertilizer should be added to lawns in the late spring and/or early fall. These times of the year are periods of high growth for the grass, the better time being early fall so the grass can best prepare for the winter.
During periods of high temperatures and low rainfall, usually during the summer, grass goes into a dormant state and slows growth and fertilizer should not be added to lawns during these conditions as it will not likely be used by the grass, and instead will be wash into groundwater.
Organic, slow release fertilizers release nitrogen slowly over time and because they are less likely to reach water ways should be used to decrease the chance of the nitrogen running off into the soil.
Fertilizers containing phosphorous should **only** be used when establishing a new lawn or if a soil test shows the phosphorous levels in the lawn are low. The amount of phosphorous is labeled on all fertilizer products
Applying grass seed to the lawn can also decrease the amount of fertilizer needed. Over seeding the lawn can help fight against fast growing weeds and can help keep the lawn dense. Species of grass that have a deeper green color can help give the lawn a desired green color without the use of fertilizer.