The Whalebone Housing Development Fund Co, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, was formed in 1985. A few years later in 1989, residents moved into what became Whalebone Village, the first family-affordable housing on the East End of Long Island.
The 46 unit apartment complex located off Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, New York, remains the only self-managed affordable housing project on the East End. Whalebone houses 28 single mothers,
as well as seniors, and people with disabilities.
Whalebone Village is a USDA Rural Development Project with a subsidized mortgage, and a subsidy for all eligible tenants. Each family pays 30% of their total household income towards rent. The 2021 Federal poverty guideline for a family of three is $21,960, while the average family income at Whalebone is approximately $32,000.
Behind The Whalebone Village Main Office is a multi-purpose community room. This space provides an opportunity for social and educational programs that support and enrich the quality of life for residents and for the larger community. For information on specific programs click here:
Because housing conditions are directly correlated to health; because housing is a right not a privilege;
Whalebone's mission is to provide safe and comfortable
affordable housing for people with low to moderate incomes on the East End of Long Island; and in doing so, to sustain a strong and healthy community.
At Whalebone, we strive for a community built on mutuality and interdependence, based on the recognition that everybody has something to learn and something to offer.