The construction boom is making Suffolk residents nervous.
In the past decade, more than $1 billion has been spent to build more than 5,000 homes in Suffolk County.
But the work has left some homeowners facing foreclosure, property damage and uncertainty about whether they can stay in their homes.
The economy has also suffered.
The housing market is booming in many parts of the country, including the South, and there are signs that Suffolk County is on the cusp of a similar surge.
But it’s still not clear how many people will be displaced and how long the construction frenzy will last.
That uncertainty has prompted some residents to call for an economic stimulus package that would allow them to purchase a house or apartment at a discount.
And the Suffolk County housing authority, which oversees the region, is also pushing back against any suggestion that the construction surge is making it harder for residents to afford homes.
“We have been successful at getting our homeownership rate back up to where we were before the recession,” said Chris Stott, the executive director of the Suffolk housing authority.
“That’s why we are in this position, not to try to push anyone to move.”
A decade ago, Stott and other officials started to push back against the notion that the housing boom in the Suffolk area was creating more hardships.
They pointed out that there was a significant drop in the number of foreclosures in Suffolk county between 2000 and 2010.
And a year ago, the Suffolk Housing Authority said in a new report that Suffolk residents are spending about 10 percent less on their mortgages than they were in 2007, which was the year of the first foreclosing.
Stott said he has yet to hear from anyone in the county who would be prepared to move, but the housing authority has pushed back against critics who are suggesting it’s the foreclapping process that’s causing residents to suffer.
“I’m not sure that it’s foreclassing,” Stott said.
“I don’t know that it is a foreclapper.”
Stott says Suffolk has had a fairly steady economy for the past 10 years, but that some parts of Suffolk have seen a steep increase in foreclocking.
The housing authority says that the number one reason foreclimators have been issuing forecloses has been the decline in foreclosed homes.
That decline has contributed to Suffolk’s population increase.
The population of Suffolk has more than tripled since the recession.
And the region has more people living there now than at any time in the past 20 years.
But Stott says there is no evidence to suggest that foreclists are causing the surge in foreclosure activity.
He says the housing agency is focusing its efforts on helping Suffolk residents avoid foreclosure and getting them onto the market as quickly as possible.
Stamp said the housing board is working with community leaders to address some of the issues they’ve identified.
He says the board is also working with local businesses to get them to sign on to the foreclosure assistance program.
He said he’s also pushing Suffolk County’s housing authority to put together a housing plan that could help people who are facing foreclosure.
“One of the big things we’re going to do is get Suffolk County on the track to be a community housing plan, and I think that’s what we’re doing,” Stamp said.
The Suffolk Housing authority is not the only agency that is trying to push homeowners to get on the market quickly.
The state Department of Housing and Urban Development also is trying out a foreclosure program, and it’s also offering assistance to homeowners who are in foreclosure.
The department is looking at a $300 loan to help people get on their feet.
The Department of Finance is also taking a closer look at how to help homeowners buy a home.
The agency is looking into helping people with down payments and the value of their homes in order to help them buy homes.
And last week, the state Department for Community Development said it was planning to give $1 million in assistance to low-income homeowners in Suffolk who have experienced foreclosure.