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Ithaca recognized as pro-housing community, gaining access to state funds

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The City of Ithaca has been recognized as a Pro-Housing Community by Governor Kathy Hochul, making it eligible for state funds to support housing development. This recognition comes as part of the Pro-Housing Communities Program, launched by Gov. Hochul in 2023 to boost the state’s housing strategy.


Ithaca Mayor Robert Cantelmo, who started his first term in January, expressed pride in this achievement. The city has long worked to address its housing and affordability crisis. With access to some of the $650 million in state funding, Ithaca can now focus on creating affordable housing for young people, families, and those experiencing homelessness.

State Senator Lea Webb emphasized that housing is a fundamental right and encouraged other municipalities to apply for the program. The next round of applications is due in July.