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October 21, 2016
Contact: Supervisor’s office
(631) 283-6055 Connie Conway
SOUTHAMPTON TOWN RECEIVES “ZOMBIE” GRANT
The Town of Southampton is pleased to announce it will receive a sizable New York State grant to help remedy vacant and abandoned properties that are commonly referred to as Zombie homes. The Town will receive a $175,000.00 grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) through the New York State Housing Stabilization Fund.
Using these funds, the Town will establish a proactive, sustainable program for prevention and remediation of “zombie”, vacant, blighted and abandoned properties as follows:
“We want to get to the root of the problem and prevent “zombie” homes from popping up in our neighborhoods”, said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “We believe we can stop it before it happens by identifying potential properties before they are either abandoned or go into foreclosure. We want to help people stay in their homes and connect them to services that will do just that”, said Schneiderman.
Southampton is one of 16 communities on Long Island that will receive $3.3 million in state grants to help reduce the number of Zombie homes on Long Island.