On Monday, September 25 Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk held its 19th Annual Roger Metcalf Memorial Golf and Tennis Classic. The organization honored Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) with the “Stephen A. Antaki Memorial Construction Partner of the Year” award. Legislator Browning has worked closely with Habitat of Suffolk over the last decade to make County properties available to first-time homebuyers through the 72-h program.
The 72-h program allows Suffolk County to transfer tax default properties to non-profit housing organizations such as Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk for the purposes of affordable housing. The alternative is to auction properties off to speculators at the County auction every fall, but after decades of doing so, certain communities saw a proliferation of substandard rentals. By forging a strong partnership with Habitat of Suffolk and other non-profits, Legislator Browning successfully kept over one hundred properties in her district out of the hands of speculators and instead helped young families achieve the American Dream through affordable homeownership.
“Homeownership is the bedrock of every community,” stated Legislator Browning. “We face a major affordability crisis here on Long Island, and it is great organizations like Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk that help turn the tide by providing residents with the opportunity to purchase a home and stay here. I am proud of the strong partnership we have forged in my district, which has prevented the creation of substandard housing and has greatly increase homeownership in my community.”
To apply for a Habitat for Humanity home, or to volunteer for the organization, please visit habitatsuffolk.org.