Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone allocated $10 million in capital funding in the 2022-2024 Capital Plan to subsidize wastewater infrastructure (onsite Sewage Treatment Plants or connection to an existing Sewage Treatment District) to develop new inclusive, affordable, non-certified housing opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program encourages a variety of projects that are responsive to the particular needs of a location and populations within Suffolk County.
According to the New York Housing Resource Center, there are more than 25,000 adults in Suffolk County with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and 63% of them live with family caregivers and of those, 25% of the caregivers over the age of 60. The program seeks to address the predicament for many families who are concerned with what happens to their child once they are deceased.
Approved applications may be funded on a first-come, first-served basis. The county reserves the right to reject any and all applications, negotiate with applicants, recommend funding in an amount less than requested, conduct site visits, interview the applicant and development team, and request additional information. The county also reserves the right to take any actions deemed appropriate to assure that program funds are distributed throughout the County.