Town of Islip families win housing lottery

More than a dozen families are the winners of the affordable housing lottery in the Town of Islip. Great anticipation filled Islip Town Hall Monday

Great anticipation filled Islip Town Hall as officials drew the names of applicants of the town's lottery.

Great anticipation filled Islip Town Hall as officials drew the names of applicants of the town's lottery. (6/15/15)

WOODBURY - More than a dozen families are the winners of the affordable housing lottery in the Town of Islip.

Great anticipation filled Islip Town Hall Monday as officials drew the names of applicants of the town's lottery.

Among the lucky winners are Raldin and Amelise Vega, who say they have been saving to buy a home of their own for more than 10 years.

"Just to have your own yard, your own kitchen... would mean so much," Raldin Vega says. "It's just a dream come true."

The Vegas and the other winners will choose from homes in Central Islip, East Islip and Ronkonkoma. The homes are on formerly foreclosed properties that were purchased by the town's Community Development Agency.

Islip Town Supervisor Angi Carpenter says the goal of the lottery is to give new life to the foreclosed homes.

"It's going to be in a neighborhood that's going to be so much happier to have a family in a house, and not a derelict property or a zombie home in their neighborhood," Carpenter says.

For Freddie Espinoza, who immigrated to the U.S. from Peru 14 years ago, owning a home means a new beginning for him and his family of five. "I was excited, really excited, because we waited for this for so long," he says.

The town's Affordable Housing Program requires applicants to be first-time buyers and to have good credit. They must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and meet income qualifications.

The housing lottery winners can buy the homes at market rate. They will also receive down-payment subsidies and low mortgage rates.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Long Island can expect powerful winds and heavy 1 Nor'easter expected to bring strong winds, heavy rain
Cycle for Survival is the movement to beat 2 Cycle for Survival: Fighting rare cancers
The high winds expected with the nor'easter could 3 South Shore communities prep for nor'easter
The head of the Nassau chapter of Planned 4 LI Planned Parenthood chief voices concerns on administation
A teenager was attacked in a park Sunday 5 Police: Teen attacked at Huntington Station park

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE