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Huntington updates town code on affordable housing

Huntington Town Hall is seen in this undated

Huntington Town Hall is seen in this undated photo. Credit: Carl Corry

Town of Huntington officials recently updated its town code as it applies to affordable housing. The board voted to approve three amendments.

The first amendment clarifies that town affordable housing is intended for first-time homebuyers, unless otherwise approved by the Town Board, such as for affordable housing for those 55 and older.

“There was nothing in the Affordable Code that specified that the Town’s inventory of affordable housing is intended for first-time homebuyers,” said Joan Cergol, director of the Huntington Community Development Agency. “Since an important goal of our affordable housing program is to get these units into the hands of those who have never owned before, and that is how we have always administered our affordable housing, this obviously needed to be stated.”

The Huntington Community Development Agency administers the affordable housing program for the town.

The second amendment ties the resale of affordable units to the Consumer Price Index. Town officials said it’s a more “stable index” to tie affordable resales to rather than the Nassau/Suffolk median income formula used.

The third amendment allows for non-residents who work part-time in the Town to receive the same priority in the affordable housing lottery that a Town resident would. Cergol says priority means those who meet the priority standard are grouped together and their names are picked first for a housing lottery. Those who do not meet the priority standard are selected in a second round.

The board voted 5 to 0 to pass the measures at the July 12 town board meeting.

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