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Posted on: January 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 2 More affordable Homes OKd...Free forum tomorrow on homeownership at library

The Greenburgh Town Board approved a resolution that will result in 2 more affordable homes in the town. ALSO.. a free homeownership workshop tomorrow (Thursday) at the Greenburgh Library Conference Room at noon. Free pizza and beverages will be served.

2 MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING DWELLING UNITS IN GREENBURGH..FREE HOMEOWNERSHIP WORKSHOP TOMORROW

The Greenburgh Town Board approved a resolution at our last meeting that will result in 2 more affordable homes in the town. On another housing related topic – Dina Foster-Osborne of Greenburgh is organizing a free homeownership workshop tomorrow (Thursday) at the Greenburgh Library Conference Room at noon. Free pizza and beverages will be served. The topics: ready to buy, why rent when you can buy; mortgage preparation, how to price it right, marketing analysis, staging, decluttering and professional photos for those who want to sell.


The Town Board authorized the Receiver of Taxes to waive interest and penalties on 112 N Lawn Ave provided that the property be developed for use as two single family affordable housing dwelling units. SHORE (sheltering the Homeless is Our Responsibility) will be turning the properties into affordable housing. The property MUST stay affordable for at least 99 years. The town is waiving $60,425.01. We will receive the balance of the $13,955.29 at closing.


Lorraine Avenue Realty LLC proposes to transfer the property at 112 N. Lawn Avenue to “SHORE” (Sheltering the Homeless is Our Responsibility) so that the property can be developed for use as two single-family affordable housing dwelling units to be occupied by households with incomes at or below 80% of the Westchester County Area Median Income for a period of ninety nine (99) years. SHORE is willing and able to purchase 112 N. Lawn Avenue and develop the property for use as affordable housing. The Town Board believes it is in the best interest of the Town to create these additional affordable housing dwelling units in the Town and has agreed to waive any outstanding interest and penalties assessed to the property, but not the outstanding taxes due, on the condition that SHORE agrees to only allow the units to be only occupied by households with incomes at or below 80% of the Westchester County Area Median Income (“AMI”) and that SHORE agrees to enter into an irrevocable covenant with the Town and the County of Westchester requiring the property to be occupied by households with incomes at or below 80% of the Westchester County Area Median Income for a period of ninety-nine (99) years.


In 2009 Westchester County entered in a stipulation and order with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to increase its efforts to affirmatively further fair and affordable housing. The agreement required Westchester to build 750 units of affordable housing in 31 of the county’s lease diverse communities. Because of the town’s proactive efforts creating affordable housing opportunities the town was exempt from having to comply with the lawsuit –one of the few Westchester communities that the federal government found was working hard to build affordable housing. I believe that communities that are not voluntarily creating more affordable housing opportunities will one day be subjected to another federal lawsuit. I am very proud of the fact that Greenburgh has been doing more than most other communities.

PAUL FEINER

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