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Blighted Mastic Home Demolished to Make Way for Newly Constructed, Affordable Home

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Blighted Mastic Home Demolished to Make Way for Newly Constructed, Affordable Home

(Mastic, NY - April 20, 2016) - In a partnership between the Suffolk County Landbank and Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk, a blighted, vacant former 'zombie' house in Mastic, NY was demolished today to make way for a new, affordable, owner occupied home to be constructed by Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk.

The bank foreclosed home, which had been identified by the Town of Brookhaven as a vacant and blighted structure, was purchased by the Suffolk County Landbank via grant funding from the New York State Office of the Attorney General's Community Revitalization Initiative (CRI).  The CRI program utilizes funds from the National Mortgage Settlement to fund New York State Land Banks' efforts to eliminate blight in areas hardest hit by the mortgage foreclosure crisis.  The home, which was un-repairable was then transferred to Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk  in March 2016 via a development agreement which calls for Habitat to demolish the blighted house and construct a new single family home under their existing home-ownership program, which utilizes volunteer labor and sweat equity from program participants in the home's construction.

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