Prospective tenants for three affordable rental apartments in the newly-constructed Freedom Homes at Freedom Gardens for the Handicapped in Mohegan Lake were narrowed down to 36 people during a lottery drawing.
Freedom Gardens is a not-for-profit corporation that has been around since the 1960s. It manages and maintains its five-acre complex of small homes which provide independent living for physically-challenged adults and their families.
The facility is located at 1680 Strawberry Road in Mohegan Lake.
Gary Kleiber, a Cortlandt Manor resident and vice president of Freedom Gardens, has been spearheading the plans and building of the new 3,300 square-foot, one-story structure. The building features three new fully-accessible apartments, a large community room and an outside garden patio.
Three finalists for the one-bedroom units will be chosen before the new building is opened for occupancy sometime in the spring. An official grand opening "ribbon cutting" of the building is planned for June 2.
The application period began on Dec. 3 and concluded on Jan. 31. The process has been managed by the Housing Action Council (HAC), based in Tarrytown.
Through the efforts of Alan Gordon, deputy director of HAC, funding for the new Freedom Homes units was provided by the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corp., Westchester County, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, the Leviticus Fund and Freedom Gardens itself. Continuous tax-deductible funding will be raised by Freedom Gardens through an on-going building campaign.