On Thursday, some 11 people are expected to become new homeowners through Southampton Town's first-ever housing lottery for first-time home buyers.
According to Richard Blowes, the executive director and secretary of the Southampton Town Housing Authority, 55 people are in the lottery for the brand-new, three-bedroom homes, on Suffolk County land.
The homes, which are estimated to be sold for $150,000, are new, Energy Star homes, and are being sold as part of a cooperative effort with the Long Island Housing Authority, Blowes said.
Two of the homes are located in Noyac; two are sited in East Quogue, and the remaining seven are in the Riverside/Flanders area.
All of the individuals in the lottery, were required to meet certain criteria in order to qualify, including income restrictions, ability to obtain a mortgage, and preferably, applicants must live or work within Southampton Town, Blowes said.
The homes will also remain affordable in perpetuity, with a clause in the mortgage agreement that only allows the owners of the home to re-sell them at a rate determined by the town's annual affordable median income level, he said. The new owners will also be required to stay in the home for a period of time that has yet to be determined.
The lottery will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays.