Leanne MacDonald

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Thousands Purchase Homes On LI With Assistance Program's Help

August 19, 2019 - 2:52 pm

MEDFORD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — More than 2,000 people on Long Island have been able to purchase a home thanks to the Down Payment Assistance Program in Suffolk County.

“It really is a dream,” said Leanne MacDonald, a single mother of two who turned to the program to help buy her home in Medford.

According to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, the program gives up to $14,000 to first-time home buyers looking to settle on Long Island.

MacDonald, a Suffolk County police officer, says without the program, she never would have been able to put a down payment on the two-story home she recently moved into.

“When I told people that I wanted to buy a home, they thought I was crazy, you know, it's only my income, I have two children, I really live paycheck to paycheck,” she explained.

Bellone says he hopes the program can help young people like 37-year-old MacDonald stay on Long Island for life.

“We do a lot to educate our kids, we spend a lot of money to educate them and we want to make sure that their talents are here, that they put their stake in the ground here and raise their families here,” he said.

MacDonald says purchasing the home will give her children a sense of stability that she never had growing up as the child of a single mother.