In partnership with the not-for-profit corporation Homes for Our Homecoming Heroes, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today dedicated a new house that was constructed for a returning veteran in memory of United States Navy SEAL and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy of Long Island. County Executive Mangano was joined by New York State Senator Kemp Hannon, Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, Nassau County Legislators Rose Walker and Don MacKenzie and Town of Oyster Bay Councilmen Anthony Macagnone and Chris Coschignano. The Hicksville property, formerly vacant and owned by Nassau County, was developed with a single family home thanks to the generosity of over 20 professional groups and suppliers.
“My administration is committed to providing housing in Nassau County for our nation’s returning heroes and their families,” said County Executive Mangano. “From this new Homes For Our Homecoming Heroes to the 60 veterans homes at Mitchel Field, my administration is working tirelessly so that no veteran is homeless in Nassau County.”
Homes For Our Homecoming Heroes coordinated the construction of the home with the assistance of BOCES student volunteers, building professionals, volunteer organizations and suppliers. With voluntary labor and the donation of materials, the estimated cost to build the 1,800 square foot home was $150,000.
Shafquet Wasi, a veteran who served in the United States Navy for eight years, is currently under contract on the house. He was chosen through an affordable housing lottery. Through this program, the veteran is purchasing the home at cost with a one percent down payment and the principle will be repaid over a 30 year period. There are no closing costs associated if the homeowner stays in the home for 10 years.