A plan to add tens of thousands of affordable housing units
Ms Hochul said the state would pursue a $ 25 billion plan to build or preserve 100,000 affordable homes, including 10,000 homes that would include services for those at risk of homelessness.
Ms. Hochul also wants to allow taller apartment buildings and more density around transit lines like the Long Island Rail Road. This could be significant in many New York suburbs, which have long been considered to have some of the heaviest restrictions on development in the country.
His plan calls for many basement and garage homes to be legalized, replacing a popular tax incentive that encourages developers to build affordable housing with one that targets low-income residents, making it easier to convert hotels and offices to housing and preventing landlords from rejecting tenants because of their criminal history.
The plans have met with mixed reactions. “Gov. Hochul’s vision is an important first step in tackling our housing crisis, ”said Rachel Fee, executive director of the New York Housing Conference, a nonprofit group.
But Cea Weaver, campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, called the plan an “unreasonable abdication of responsibility,” in part because it did not include stronger obstacles to eviction and did not eliminate not tax breaks for developers.
Ms. Hochul announced several measures to help people entering and exiting bicycle roaming.
She pledged 7,000 new supportive housing units, which include services for people with mental illness and addictions, and the preservation of 3,000 more, expanding a Cuomo-era plan. “This is going to have a real impact on homelessness,” said Laura Mascuch, executive director of the Supportive Housing Network in New York.
The governor plans to raise awareness among people living on the streets and subways. But homeless people and their advocates say outreach can only be successful if people are offered alternatives to widely vilified homeless shelters. “There has to be a place to go,” said Shelly Nortz, deputy executive director of policy for the Coalition for the Homeless.
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