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Southern Tier communities push to become pro-housing

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Fourteen localities across the Southern Tier, including three from Schuyler County, have applied to be recognized as Pro-Housing Communities, as announced by Governor Kathy Hochul. This initiative seeks to encourage housing growth and make it easier for communities to access state funding. Among the applicants are cities and towns like Hornell, Ithaca, Elmira, and several villages including Watkins Glen and Montour Falls.

The Pro-Housing Community Program aims to prioritize these communities in state funding opportunities based on their commitment to promoting housing development and addressing obstacles to housing growth. To apply, municipalities must demonstrate their efforts through local zoning codes and housing permit approvals over recent years.

Applicants must submit their documentation to the Housing and Community Renewal (HCR) for review. If approved, municipalities showing a significant increase in their housing stock will be officially certified as Pro-Housing Communities within 90 days, marking a step forward in their development and growth strategies.