BAY SHORE - The local homeless teen who has gained national recognition after becoming a semifinalist in the prestigious Intel Science Competition may not have made it into the finals, but today she and her family got something better - a brand-new home.

The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for Samantha Garvey, of Brentwood. On Tuesday, the 17-year-old was a guest at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, and today the Garveys received the keys to their new home in Bay Shore.

"Everything that has happened in these past few weeks has been unbelievable and amazing and just completely surreal," Garvey says.

The three-bedroom rent-stabilized house on Oakland Avenue was secured for the Garveys by County Executive Steve Bellone (D-Suffolk). The home was refurbished by local contractors, who said they were so inspired by Garvey's story that they donated their services.

The Brentwood High School senior was also presented with a $50,000 college scholarship on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" earlier this month.