Hempstead, NY - May 18, 2016 - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that $1.2 million in Federal funds have been awarded from the Nassau County Office of Housing and Community Development to United Veterans Beacon House of Hempstead for rehabilitation of five two-bedroom townhouse units and a single family home in Hempstead – all of which will be occupied by formerly homeless veterans and their families.
“My administration is committed to serving our veterans and ensuring housing opportunities in Nassau County,” said County Executive Mangano. “Together with 60 County-owned veteran residences at Mitchel Field, these new housing opportunities in Hempstead will help homeless veterans.”
Phase I of the project is now complete and included rehabilitation of the five two-bedroom townhouse units located at 115 Henry Street in Hempstead. All units are currently occupied by veterans and their families.
Phase II of the project, currently underway, includes rehabilitation of a single family home located at 111 Henry Street in Hempstead. Once complete, the home will house five single veterans who were previously homeless.
In addition to the $1.2 million in Federal funds utilized for the project, United Veterans Beacon House contributed $200,000 in funding toward electrical, plumbing and siding work. Home Depot donated flooring, kitchen appliances, cabinets, counter tops, a sink, faucet, bathroom fixtures and tile, lighting fixtures and baseboard. The United Way of Long Island also contributed to the project by donating architectural services, insulation, a gas boiler and windows.
Frank Amalfitano, President and CEO of United Veterans Beacon House, stated, “We are honored to serve U.S. Veterans in need; it is especially rewarding when we are able to offer permanent residency to veterans and their families. Working with County Executive Ed Mangano on this project enables us to do just that, we are able to give homeless veterans a place to call home.”
To apply for these and other veteran housing opportunities, veterans must qualify for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program that provides Housing Choice Vouchers as well as rentals for homeless veterans. For further information, please call (631) 665-1571.
Since taking office in 2010, County Executive Mangano has enhanced services for Nassau’s 100,000 veterans, including free transportation to the Northport VA Hospital and the East Meadow Clinic. The Mangano administration also established 42 homes, located on Mitchel Field, to provide affordable housing for veterans and their families and an additional 18 homes for active-duty military personnel. Additionally, the County helped rehabilitate five two-bedroom townhouses in Hempstead for homeless veterans and their families. Last month, Nassau County enhanced opportunities for Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses to further participate in government contracts.
To learn more about other veteran programs and services, please contact the Nassau County Veteran Service Agency at (516) 572-6560 or visit the office located at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q, East Meadow, NY 11554 (behind Nassau University Medical Center). If transportation is needed, veterans may call (516) 572-6526.