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Groups win $11M for affordable housing

United Way of Long Island in Deer Park

United Way of Long Island in Deer Park on Nov. 17, 2014. Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Two area agencies were among 61 statewide Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo named Thursday to share in $11 million to build, improve and preserve affordable housing.

"Everyone deserves a safe, affordable and decent place to live, and this funding will help some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers maintain their independence as well as stay in their homes," he said in a news release.

The awards were made through four Homes and Community Renewal affordable housing programs: the Affordable Homeownership Development Program; Access to Home; Access to Home for High-Cost Medicaid Recipients Program, and Residential Emergency Services to Offer Repairs to the Elderly.

Community Housing Innovations Inc., based in Patchogue but serving Nassau and Suffolk residents, is to receive $800,000 for acquisition and rehabilitation. The funding provided by the state "will allow us to continue providing down payment assistance of up to $40,000 to qualified home buyers on a first come, first served basis," CHI executive director Alex Roberts said.

The agency's grant will be used to help about 20 homeowners with the purchase and improvement of homes on Long Island.

Prospective homeowners must apply and be screened by CHI for income eligibility.

The other agency, the United Way of Long Island, is to receive $50,000 for grants to senior homeowners in Nassau for emergency repairs.


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