affordable housing

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
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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.

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

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

Troy ESPRI
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.
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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
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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.
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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.  

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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
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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.

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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.

It’s no surprise to anyone living in the Capital Region that booming Saratoga Springs is becoming a more expensive place to live. But some numbers on the market given during a special City Council meeting on affordable housing today drew some gasps from the crowd.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in Newburgh Friday to announce the launch of a pilot program to transform vacant homes into affordable housing. The funding for the program comes from the bank settlements. The program provides subsidies to land banks.

State Attorney General Schneiderman stood in front of a boarded-up house on Lander Street to announce the new “Neighbors for Neighborhoods” pilot program.

Last week, the group Sustainable Saratoga introduced a zoning amendment that would require new apartment developments to dedicate at least 20 percent of housing stock to “affordable” units.

This is a picture of an "Apartment For Rent" sign
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Saratoga Springs has become a hotbed for development. Much of downtown’s development in recent years has been in the form of new high-end apartments and condos. One recent headline showed a condo in the heart of the city for sale for $5.5 million.

Take A Sip For TRIP

May 25, 2016

  The Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (TRIP), Inc. is a not-for-profit, grassroots organization created in 1968 to assist low- and moderate-income families in Troy achieve the dream of home ownership.

TRIP’s fourth annual Take a Sip for TRIP fundraiser will take place on Thursday, June 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY. Here to tell us more is Christine Nealon, TRIP’s Executive Director.

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A new study aims to take a closer look at the causes of housing instability and insecurity in Schenectady, where some neighborhoods suffer persistent poverty.

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Over a thousand volunteer laborers will pack into one city block in Springfield, Massachusetts tomorrow to help finish 28 home renovations.  The goal of the project is to create energy efficient and healthy homes in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States. 

The house on Prince Street, where Barbara Cisero has lived for 21 years, is going to be painted Saturday, repairs will be made to the porch, a storm door repaired, and the backyard play area for children cleaned up.

" Whatever they want to do is fine with me," she said.

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has presented the City Council with a revised Housing Action Plan. The city’s leaders were originally slated to endorse the plan this month, but their vote has been delayed.

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