Mayor Sarno conducted the special lottery drawing and selected two winners from eligible applications that were received. Luz Ramos and Fikiri Amisi were selected and will have the rights to purchase their respective homes at a price that is lower than market value giving them home equity from day one.
Mayor Sarno stated, “Now this is truly a heartwarming holiday gift not only to the families but just as important to our North End neighborhood too. I want to thank CDO Tim Sheehan, Housing Director Gerry McCafferty, Deputy Housing Director Bobby DeMusis, Director of Disaster Recovery Tina Quagliato-Sullivan, School Committeewoman and Councilor-Elect Maria Perez, Maria Ligus and Jose Claudio of New North Citizens Council, the team at NAI Plotkin and State Representative Carlos Gonzalez and State Senator Adam Gomez for their continued efforts in making this dream for two special families a reality. My administration is looking forward to continuing this initiative with the building of four (4) similar homes in our Maple High Six Corners neighborhood next year.”
School Committeewoman and Ward 1 Councilor-Elect Maria Perez said, “Thank you to the city administration and specially to our Mayor Sarno for always caring about the economic development of our city.”
“The housing market across the state has reached astronomical levels during the pandemic, making it harder than ever for people to achieve home-ownership,” said State Senator Adam Gomez (D-Springfield). “This initiative and lottery system presents a unique and special opportunity for income-eligible families. I am proud of everyone involved and can’t wait to see a family grow and thrive in their new home.”