Following Through on Affordable Housing Mandate

Westchester County, NY has a mandate to spread its affordable housing into wealthier neighborhoods instead of just clumping it in poorer ones. But making it happen is a challenge.

The mandate comes from a lawsuit filed by the Anti-Discrimination Center in Manhattan.

"The agreement calls for the county to spend more than $50 million of its own money, in addition to other funds, to build or acquire 750 homes or apartments, 630 of which must be provided in towns and villages where black residents constitute 3 percent or less of the population and Hispanic residents make up less than 7 percent. The 120 other spaces must meet different criteria for cost and ethnic concentration. The county has seven years to complete the construction or acquisition of the affordable housing."

Full Story: Builders Ponder a Housing Mandate

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