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Auburn gets housing designation from state after declaration, move to address housing crisis

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The city of Auburn has received a state pro-housing designation, granting access to $650 million in funding. Governor Kathy Hochul announced Thursday that Auburn is one of 61 municipalities certified as pro-housing communities, alongside Cazenovia and Pulaski in central New York.

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Auburn City Council adopted a housing pledge in March, committing to streamline housing permits, support fair housing, and encourage diverse housing projects.

“Receiving our pro-housing designation is a significant step in addressing our housing challenges and planning for future growth,” said Giannettino. Officials highlighted the city’s efforts to secure funding and conduct a housing market study with Cayuga County.

This designation enables Auburn to access funds from programs like Market New York and the Regional Council Capital Fund, as mandated by the 2024-25 state budget.