Jul 30, 2014

County Provides $300k for Amagansett Senior Housing Project

St. Michael's pastor says congregation is grateful for release of funds.

County Provides $300k for Amagansett Senior Housing Project

The in Amagansett, which is currently under construction, received $300,000 of federal funding.

The Suffolk County Office of Community Development funneled the money toward the housing project, which will offer 40 low-income rental apartments for senior citizens.

"We are grateful for the release of the funds, for all the collaborative works between so many branches of government and various agencies," said the Rev. Dr. Katrina Foster, who leads the St. Michael's Lutheran Church, which has provided the land. "But mostly we are grateful for the ways we have worked together as various communities to care for the most vulnerable among us, the least and last. This is a witness of what we can accomplish together."

The $10.8 million project was made possible from various sources, including these HOME funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"The HOME funds are provided as a deferred payment loan to the St. Michael’s Windmill Housing Development Fund Corporation, the owner/contactor of the project," according to County Executive Steve Bellone's office, which announced the closing of the funds on Friday.

The apartments are for those 62 years or older with an annual income of $30,000 or less. A community center will also be built.

“This project is a model for the kind of development that we want to encourage across Suffolk County for our senior population,” Bellone said. “We must ensure that our seniors have affordable housing options.”

County Legis. Jay Schneiderman, I-Montauk, also said in the statement, “This project gave me a unique opportunity to help secure affordable housing for the elderly, which ultimately will enable local seniors to remain in the community.”

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