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Dutchess County Exec's Address Focuses On 'Home'

Feb 21, 2020
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivering his State of the County address, Feb. 20, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivered his state-of-the-county address Thursday. He proposed a number of initiatives across several areas, with a theme of “Home.”

After decades of waiting, construction is underway on a new affordable housing project in downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz/Megan Sperry

A SUNY New Paltz professor is working on a documentary about formerly incarcerated mothers in New York and their challenges in reentry and finding affordable housing. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with filmmaker Megan Sperry about “Beyond Shelter.”

Courtesy of RUPCO

A Kingston-based non-profit organization has a new tool to help provide quality, affordable housing. RUPCO is bringing the program to two Hudson Valley cities and their surrounding communities to help stabilize and upgrade landlords’ properties.

Officials celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Atlas Heights affordable housing community in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A new affordable housing complex is under construction in Plattsburgh.

The Proposed Kingstonian Adds Affordable Housing

Oct 28, 2019

A proposed mixed-use development in uptown Kingston is adding affordable housing. It follows community pleas and more than a year of talks among the developer, mayor and state officials.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other officials celebrate the grand opening of 280 North Pearl with a ribbon-cutting.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The revitalization of downtown Albany took a step forward this week with the grand opening of a new apartment building under construction since 2016.

Laurentide apartment building in Burlington, VT
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Local and state officials joined housing advocates to celebrate the opening of a new affording housing complex in Burlington, Vermont on Monday.

Rep. Delgado Focuses On Affordable Housing

Sep 10, 2019

Lawmakers are back in Washington following the summer recess. Democratic New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a conference call with reporters Tuesday to discuss his activities in the 19th District in recent weeks, including a focus on affordable housing.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger opens Housing Summit
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A housing summit was held in Burlington Wednesday evening.  It was a follow-up to a June summit that identified five action areas for the city to create and implement affordable housing policies.

The Construct 50th anniversary logo
Construct Inc.

On Saturday, Construct Inc. celebrates 50 years of affordable housing advocacy in Southern Berkshire County with fireworks, music, and family activities at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington. Executive Director Jane Ralph spoke with WAMC about the origins of the nonprofit, and how Construct has evolved since its inception.

Courtesy of Westchester County Executive's office

A property adjacent to Westchester Community College will be developed into affordable housing.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will sign the rent law reforms agreed to by the Democratic-led state legislature.

Three people stand in a field with a backhoe and a sign explaining the construction behind him
Josh Landes / WAMC

Central Berkshire Habitat For Humanity held a groundbreaking Friday for six new affordable housing units in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Jesse King

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Troy Tuesday to announce nearly $600,000 in state funding for 15 projects aimed at reducing poverty in the Collar City. 

An auditorium with every seat filled faces a stage and a screen with the Lenox town leadership sitting behind tables and one person behind a podium.
Josh Landes / WAMC

Lenox, Massachusetts residents voted against an affordable housing plan at Thursday night’s town meeting. They also moved to open up the town to recreational marijuana sales.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the start of construction on an affordable housing development in Rockland County.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Local officials are hailing a new study that shows while New York state may have health problems, Albany County has made strides in ensuring residents are thriving.

A Vermont nonprofit housing group is renewing its push to build affordable housing in the town of Norwich following a supportive town vote.

Chittenden County officials say they are behind in their five-year housing plan.

A new affordable housing development supported by public dollars will be constructed in Saratoga Springs.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal announced the start of construction on a $34 million project at 247 Washington Street.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined other officials for a ceremonial groundbreaking of phase two of the redevelopment project.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Groundbreaking ceremonies Wednesday started a new chapter in residential living in downtown Albany.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Poughkeepsie Monday to announce legislation to ensure low-income tenants have alternate housing in the event of an emergency. Maloney and the city’s mayor say a recent occurrence at an affordable housing complex in Poughkeepsie is an example of why such a bill is needed.

The state of Vermont plans to spend about $37 million to help build or renovate between 550 and 650 affordable homes in the state.

   A Massachusetts anti-poverty group is calling for establishing a housing task force in the state’s third-largest city.   As the Springfield City Council heard that request, it voted to give MGM more time to build housing as part of the downtown casino project.  

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Leaders in Saratoga Springs have made their pitch for three workforce housing proposals that aim to provide more apartments in a city desperate for workers and satisfy federal requirements for affordable housing.

For Sale sign
Lyn Lomasi / Wikimedia Commons

The Saratoga Springs city council has decided to take more time to consider a proposal to that would allow for more affordable housing to be built within the city. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports bankers and builders are taking issue with the plan.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. J.P. Lawrence, flickr

The first two affordable housing projects under a New York storm program to help communities affected by Superstorm Sandy are in the lower Hudson Valley.

Republican County Executive Rob Astorino says Westchester has exceeded the benchmark for developing affordable housing. The announcement came just a few days before a deadline stemming from a 2009 housing settlement with the federal government. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

Saratoga Springs is beginning the process of reviewing its options to make living in the city more affordable and economically diverse. Many who work in the city, even with full-time jobs, cannot afford to live there, and one organization thinks it has a solution.