An immigrant family from Peru just saw their American Dream happen thanks to a multi-level governmental program.
After a vetting and qualifying process, Luis and Mariluz Castillo and their four children (pictured above) got the keys to their brand-new home Thursday to fanfare on Hyde Park Avenue in Bay Shore.
“It is truly heartwarming to join with the Castillo family, as they prepare to move into their new home and make memories that will last a lifetime,” said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter.
Officials from the county and town were all invited for the celebration.
The two-story Colonial home is 1,400 square feet and has four bedrooms.
It was made possible through Suffolk County and town community development agency’s 72-H program, through which the county is able to transfer vacant land to the CDA, which then coordinates the building a new, Energy Star home that compliments the community.
The CDA provides the financing by subsidizing the purchase price through low and no-interest home mortgages, low-down payments and with no closing costs.
The idea is to make home ownership across the county more affordable for families.
The couple came to the U.S. from Peru in 2003 as Resident Aliens with Green Cards. They were naturalized in 2016, according to the town.
Mariluz is an employee at Positive Promotions in the Town of Islip, and Luis works for SJG Deli Corporation. In addition to their full-time jobs, the couple works two additional part-time jobs while raising their kids.