The Horton Avenue homes in Riverhead were flooded and, no question, the owners are eligible for and should receive government assistance. Who wouldn’t want to help the lovely, hopeful people pictured here, but at what cost to our American way of life?
Usually, in a case like this, FEMA helps people rebuild or relocate, but we are doing so much more at a time when unemployment is high and taxes are unaffordable. FEMA is buying the homes instead. They are supposed to pay fair market value, but they might not be – that’s unclear. What is a flooded home worth these days?
The end goal is to promote social justice while coincidentally accommodating Long Island’s own sustainability project (Agenda 21?).
When I say FEMA NEVER buys property, I mean NEVER. They rebuild or help victims rebuild with loans. In the case of the Horton Avenue flood victims in Riverhead, they are doing what they NEVER do as part of their social justice Long Island.
It will cost tax payers 3.6 million dollars (in the form of a “grant”) for 12 homes and whatever loss to real estate taxes that involves since the land will belong to the government. The government will tear the houses down to turn the land into open air wetland or park land (12 homes?)
As if that is not enough, taxpayers are helping pay for the Horton Avenue residents new homes too.
This fits in with the sustainability projects on Long Island where more and more private property is being bought up by the government. Some of the property is turned over to developers of their choosing (no chance for corruption there), and some becomes part of the government’s treasure chest of land.
The Horton Avenue homeowners will be paid fair market value, perhaps less, for their flooded homes, but they will get more assistance to buy new ones.
Tim Bishop has been one of the proponents and is committed to far left Democratic values which include social justice – the process of taking money from the haves to give to the have nots through taxation. In this case, the “have-nots” can make $99,000 a year, hardly poverty level.
Basically, the legislators are using federal dollars to buy the homes, tear them down, and then help the Horton Avenue families build or buy new ones using the affordable housing program on Long Island (local+ taxes), despite the fact that the Horton Avenue families have already been paid for their homes. It’a win-win for the government with a backdoor tax.
If the owners are being paid for the homes, why do they also need local monies to rebuild? Possibly so the government can offer than less than fair market value in a land grab or maybe it’s social justice plain and simple? Is there some political benefit?
The Horton Aveune families are being bumped to the top of the list for the Long Island Housing Partnership aka affordable housing and the bipartisan (mostly RINOS and Democrats) county legislature voted for it unanimously. It will allow Horton Avenue flood victims to expedite the process of moving into and maintaining a new home.
Most county affordable housing programs require a family of two to earn “below between 80 percent and 120 percent of the county’s median income”
In 2010, the median income for a family of two in Suffolk County was just over $82,000 according to Steve Levy’s spokesman Mark Smith. That would cap eligible income at between $66,000 and $99,000, depending on which program a family was applying for.
This is not poverty level and it should not be the taxpayers’ responsibility. In fact, why are we helping BUY homes for anyone with taxpayer dollars? The reason, I believe, is social justice.
County benefits include financial aid for closing costs, financial assistance for home heating fuel, free weatherization and energy audits and more. The “more” includes possible monthly payments by the taxpayers to supplement mortgage payments and lowered interest rates on mortgages (costs which get passed down to the rest of us).
And we wonder why the Treasury has no money.