The Town of Huntington has begun participating in the state’s ADU Plus One program that helps homeowners upgrade or create accessory apartment units.
Working with the Long Island Housing Partnership, the town was awarded a $2 million grant from the state.
The program will assist homeowners with new units or those who have units that need rehabilitation or are are not in compliance with the town code. Improvements and construction permit and plans must be approved by the town’s Building and Housing Department.
The program will address new ADUs as well as existing ADUs that require rehabilitation or improvements to bring the unit into code compliance. .
Prospective or current owners must apply for and be approved for permitting by the Town of Huntington Accessory Apartment Code Enforcement Bureau.
The program will be available to households with incomes at or below 100% of the HUD area median income
Household that are at or below 80% of the HUD AMI, will be able to also access and leverage Town CDBG program funds (if eligible and available).
Assessment of legal compliance of the unit and permit requirements will be performed by the town. Marketing and outreach will be performed by the Town with assistance by LIHP. The nonprofit will conduct income eligibility reviews and annual monitoring for the regulatory period.
The Town will assist in moving program applications forward expeditiously, it said.
Further details can be obtained at https://lihp.org/adu.html
The program is a new funding method, the town said, assisting those looking to add or bring into compliance ADU’s in their home. This is not a change in the Town Code and all applicants must still comply to the existing Town Code.
The maximum grant available is $125,000, the housing partnership said.
Other communities in Suffolk County, including Shelter Island and Southampton, have joined the program in recent months.