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Home prices have increased 17% in Seneca County: Report finds shortage of affordable housing, expanding affordability gap

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Seneca County’s Department of Planning & Community Development unveiled its comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment and will host a public presentation on Wednesday, August 30.

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Conducted by Erie County’s High Road Planning and Analytics, the 109-page report emphasized the need for housing policy to receive the same level of attention as economic development in Seneca County.

Notable findings revealed a 17% increase in single-family home prices since the pandemic began, a predicted continued rise in housing costs, a significant shortage of transitional and affordable housing, and an expanding affordability gap for renters.


Prompted by the assessment’s findings, immediate recommendations include the establishment of a Housing Standing Committee and a task force, followed by the creation of an all-encompassing housing strategy for Seneca County.

The Board of Supervisors is slated to review a resolution endorsing the assessment’s conclusions during their next meeting on September 12. The full report can be accessed on the Planning Department’s website.