NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The American dream has come true for more than 70 families in Nassau County.

With a big smile on her face, Shalana Smith told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall how she is now a proud owner of a two-story, yellow-colored home in Freeport.

“We were staying with relatives before and now my kids have their own rooms. I thank God,” Smith said.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall gets details on the program

Smith was able to purchase the home with the help of Nassau County’s home down payment assistance program, which gives first-time buyers up to $20,000.

Smith’s 5-year-old son said he loves his room and his backyard.

The Long Island Housing Partnership said homes purchased must be pre-existing or a newly constructed residences located within the boundaries of Nassau County. They must be single-family dwellings (including townhouses, condominiums, co-operative apartments and manufactured homes) occupied as a principal residence. The appraised value of a HOME assisted property to be acquired by a first-time homeowner must not exceed the limit on the value of a single-family unit, which is $410,000.