Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the first 20 Pro-Housing Communities in New York, marking a significant step in her strategy to increase housing supply across the state. These communities, spanning regions from Long Island to the North Country, have been recognized for their commitment to housing growth. This initiative is part of a broader effort by the Hochul administration to address the housing crisis by supporting the construction of new homes. Communities participating in this program will receive priority access to up to $650 million in state discretionary funds.
This Pro-Housing certification, introduced in Governor Hochul’s 2024 State of the State proposal, is now a requirement for localities to access these crucial state funds. The move aims to incentivize municipalities to adopt pro-housing policies and streamline permitting processes to facilitate housing development. Over 80 localities have begun or completed applications for the program, demonstrating widespread interest in tackling housing challenges. Among those which appeared on state maps, but were not listed in an official press release were Phelps, Canandaigua, Aurora, Union Springs, Cayuga, Urbana, and Hornell.
The certification is part of a comprehensive strategy to bolster New York’s housing supply, which includes various funding opportunities for downtown revitalization and public transportation modernization. By linking financial incentives to housing growth, the Hochul administration hopes to encourage more communities to undertake similar initiatives, ultimately leading to the construction of hundreds of thousands of new homes across New York State.
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