Written by Betsy Abraham, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00
A returning veteran will be able to have access to an affordable home of his own, thanks to a partnership between Nassau County and local not-for-profit, Homes For Homecoming Heroes.
Local officials, community members, and veterans all gathered to break ground on a plot of land in Hicksville last week, where a new home will be built for a veteran returning home from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Larry Sklar is president of Homes For Homecoming Heroes and has been trying to make building a home for a veteran a reality for the past four years.
“It wasn’t easy, but we overcame every hurdle,” Sklar says. “It feels wonderful to get this going. I’m going to have a great night sleep knowing this is going to happen. I never doubted it.”
Volunteers will build the 1,500 square foot home and many materials for the house have been donated. The veteran will be able to purchase the home for just the cost of construction, which is estimated to be about $200,000 and at one percent down. They will be able to pay to mortgage off over 30 years.
According to architect John Notaro, the house, which is located on Thurman Ave., will be two stories. The first floor will have a living and dining room, with a country kitchen, and the second floor will have three bedrooms. There will also be two and a half bathrooms.
“It’ll be a colonial house that fits right into the neighborhood,” Notaro said. “It should be very comfortable for a family of four.”
Notaro expects the project to take about three months. The veteran will be chosen by an affordable housing lottery prior to construction starting.
The property was formerly vacant and owned by Nassau County. This home marks the partnership between Homes For Homecoming Heroes and the county. There are currently also 42 county owned homes at Mitchel Field for returning veterans, and 18 homes for active duty military.
To find out more about Homes For Homecoming Heroes, visit www.homesforhomecomingheroes.com