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The McHale family, with help from Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, broke ground on the new house being built for them in Inwood through the town
After living in a three-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in Lawrence for the past three years with her husband, Robert, and four of their five children, Kimberly McHale says she is elated to return to her hometown of Inwood and own her first home, on Monroe Street, thanks to the Town of Hempstead’s Affordable Homes program.
“I’m grateful to stay in the community I grew up in, and this is an unbelievable opportunity to buy a home at this price,” McHale said. “I love Inwood. I’m comfortable here, it’s a very diverse community and everybody knows everybody.”
The McHales were one of five families that were given the opportunity to own their first home by way of a lottery held at Rock Hall Museum in Lawrence in early June. Four other homes will be built in Inwood, three on Walcott Avenue and one on Jeanette Avenue. More than 200 homes have been built since the Affordable Homes program’s inception 20 years ago.
On Monday, Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin presented the McHale family with plans for their home, which will be built by Port Washington-based Anray Custom Builders, between December and March, according to Murray.
“This beautiful community was one of the hardest-hit areas in Superstorm Sandy,” Murray said. “As neighbors are working to recover, we’re here to plant the seeds of rebirth in this residential hamlet by breaking ground on one of Hempstead Town’s stunning new affordable homes.”
Those who take part in the housing lottery must earn $66,320 or less for a family of four — 80 percent of the area’s median income of $82,900 — have no property ownership interests in the past three years and be able to obtain a mortgage. Applicants must also submit information about their finances, family and employment, including three years of tax returns, pay stubs and bank statements, in order to qualify.