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Letter: New Housing For Seniors, Not Families

 I am writing this response to the letter to the editor printed in the Jan. 23, 2014 edition of The Westbury Times that stated “it is reasonable to expect that any affordable housing planned, created and developed by the NHHA will (not) take into account the destructive impact of more housing for families with school age children on the school district’s infrastructure.” 


In fact, at no time was family housing considered for this project. Two years ago when the North Hempstead Housing Authority (“NHHA”) was first developing plans for the Grand Street School site, full consideration was given to the impact family housing might have on enrollments in the Westbury School District.  As a result, we decided to restrict the development plan to one bedroom townhouse style mixed income development for “seniors”.  The planned development objective would be to enhance the area and local community by providing housing for the area’s senior citizens at an affordable rate, so that people can continue to live in the community that they are currently members of.  The development will have amenities such as a community room for residents to socialize and a fitness room for individuals to stay healthy, and will encourage a sense of community and improve the quality of life for the residents.  In addition, to accommodate the aging residents the Project will provide for onsite primary health care services, on-site vaccinations, medical screenings, workshops on retirement planning, Medicaid, social security, nursing home options and estate planning.   If you have any questions concerning the proposed  development, please contact the North Hempstead Housing Authority.


Sean T. Rainey, Executive


Director, North Hempstead


Housing Authority