Posts Tagged ‘Affordable Housing’

Friday, May 10, 2024

State Awards $300,000 to Adirondack Roots, Partners for Affordable Housing

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DEC Smart Growth Grant Award will help identify sites for workforce housing development

Elizabethtown, NY —A $300,000 New York State grant will help Adirondack Roots create up to 60 new, affordable homes in the North Country.

The Smart Growth Grant Award, announced last Thursday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, will be matched with a $36,000 grant from Adirondack Foundation to support the work. Adirondack Roots will work with the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board on the project, which involves feasibility studies and other work at four locations in the Adirondacks.

“Accessible housing is the number one challenge faced by workers and families in our region,” said Megan Murphy, executive director of Adirondack Roots. “We’re slowly making progress in closing the housing gap, and this grant will accelerate our efforts even faster. We’re grateful to Gov. Hochul and the DEC for recognizing this important need through this critical support.”

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

For sale: Modular home built by BOCES students

a modular home built by BOCES students

Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES is selling a modular home built by students.

The home is still in the process of being built, so the person or organization that buys the house will get the chance to customize finishing details to their specific wants and needs.

“It’s good for the students to learn about working with a customer on details like colors and finishes,” said Eric Ashlaw, who teaches Building Trades at North Franklin Educational Center. “I try to give them some experience with every aspect of the process of constructing a house so they’re prepared when they graduate and head out into the world.”

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Saturday, December 16, 2023

Lake Placid Housing Co-op to Host Informational Meeting, Jan. 7

Lake Placid, NY — A housing cooperative, or “co-op,” is forming in North Elba, N.Y. on 100 acres of undeveloped land. The co-op seeks interested individuals to join the conversation about establishing a community at a free information session on Sunday, January 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Lake Placid Beach House, 31 Parkside Drive.

The co-op’s mission is to build and maintain a sustainable community on Averyville Road in Lake Placid, North Elba, N.Y. Its purpose is to provide safe, decent and attainable housing for residents of an estimated 20-40 households.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Lake Placid housing co-op aims to play role in housing solutions

cooperative housing flier

Dear Editor:

A housing cooperative (“co-op”) is forming in North Elba, NY on 100 acres of undeveloped land. The co-op seeks interested individuals to join the conversation about establishing a community. A free information session is being held Sunday, January 7 from 330-5 at the Lake Placid Beach House, 31 Parkside Drive. The co-op’s mission is to build and maintain a sustainable community on Averyville Road in Lake Placid, North Elba, New York. The purpose is to provide safe, decent and affordable housing for residents of an estimated 20-40 households.

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Friday, December 1, 2023

State Poll Shows Housing Affordability A Major Concern

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According to a statewide poll of 1,780 adults conducted by the Marist Poll earlier this month, 73% of New York residents report that the affordability of housing is a major problem in
their communities. This concern is widespread among all geographic areas of the state, with 67% of rural residents, 69% of suburban residents and 81% of urban residents feeling housing affordability is a major issue.


“The poll results show New Yorkers, no matter where they live, view housing affordability as a major problem, and yet state policymakers have yet to address this issue,” commented Michael J. Borges, Rural Housing Coalition Executive Director.


The Adirondack Explorer launched a series that shows how Adirondack housing issues are connected to other community challenges. As part of the reporting, the articles also highlight efforts underway to offer potential solutions. 

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Monday, November 13, 2023

$3.7 Million Available for Smart Growth Grants for Adirondack and Catskill Park Communities

dec logoGovernor Kathy Hochul announced that $3.7 million in Smart Growth Grants is available for communities and not-for-profit organizations in the Adirondack and Catskill parks. DEC, in partnership with the Department of State and the Adirondack Park Agency, is soliciting applications for projects that will link environmental protection, economic development, and community livability in the Forest Preserve. The focus for this round of Smart Growth Grants is affordable housing, a key component for addressing population and economic stability in these rural areas.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Let’s Take A Look At An Adirondack Park Community Housing Act

The recent public forums organized by the Common Ground Alliance and the Adirondack Explorer shined bright spotlights on housing needs and challenges in the Adirondack Park. The various housing advocates and housing non-profit leaders who spoke at these events outlined the problems and challenges facing their work and Adirondack communities. Tim Rowland’s ongoing reporting on the Adirondack housing challenge for the Explorer (see here, here , and here for some good ones) has admirably gone deep into this issue.

The common denominator among advocates and in Rowland’s reporting points to inadequate public funds to deal with the issue, meet the challenge. With more money, it seems, many of the advocates and non-profits who work on this issue every day could bring more affordable/low income/work force housing onto the market. State funding is a big question now with the State’s projected $9 billion deficit and state leaders unable to develop a statewide affordable housing program. The various existing programs, spread widely across New York, don’t meet the current need, and are often a hard fit for small rural communities.

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Friday, November 3, 2023

Housing series recap: What we learned and what’s happening next

group of people in front of a brown house

This week marks the final installment of our Taking Stock of Housing series, with a look back at the high points and a bit of a look forward at what the Adirondack housing issue holds for the future.

Hopefully the park will do a better job of solving the problem over the next 30 years than it has over the past 30 — despite warning calls being voiced back then just as they are today. “…(A)ffordable housing for the middle class is a thing of the past,” wrote Assemblyman Neil Kelleher in a 1992 letter to The North Creek News Enterprise. “A moderately priced home simply can’t be built.”

Keller worried that an economy based on logging and tourism, or “chainsaws and chambermaids,” as he put it, would fail to support the basic necessities of life. Not everyone was so pessimistic. A Town of Jay comprehensive plan drawn up in 1997 felt confident housing construction was adequate to meet housing needs — barring some great upheaval that would send city dwellers scurrying to the wide open wilderness spaces. But what were the odds of that?

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Housing Assistance Program of Essex County to build affordable apartments in Wilmington

Wilmington Supervisor Roy Holzer

Elizabethtown, NY —The Housing Assistance Program of Essex County (HAPEC) will build six affordable apartments in Wilmington after being awarded $1.3 million through a competitive New York State funding opportunity. The group will use an award from the Small Rural Development Initiative to build three duplex houses on a vacant lot on Route 86. The development, to be known as the Homestead Housing Project, will serve individuals and families earning at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). In 2023, an Essex County family of four could earn up to $64,950 to be eligible for the resulting apartments. The apartments are expected to be ready for occupancy by spring 2025.

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Monday, October 2, 2023

Author Tim Rowland on Investigating the Regional Housing Crisis

Saranac Lake, NY—Adirondack Center for Writing’s monthly “Friday Night Writes” is a happy hour of writing, reading, and networking before the weekend. On Friday, October 6, ACW will provide space, prompts, inspiration, and resources for writers from 3 – 7 PM, extending hours for the village-wide First Friday celebration. In addition to opening the space for writers to drop-in, at 6PM ACW will welcome bestselling author and Adirondack Explorer reporter, Tim Rowland for a discussion of his ongoing investigation into the regional housing crisis. » Continue Reading.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Housing series wraps with in-person event

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The gap between what people earn and the housing they can afford has been widening in the Adirondacks.

Add to the problem a shortage of available housing and constraints on development and you’ve got a housing crisis.

This summer, Adirondack Explorer launched a series that shows how Adirondack housing issues are connected to other community challenges. As part of the reporting, the articles also highlight efforts underway to offer potential solutions.

Adirondack Explorer’s “Taking Stock of Housing” series is wrapping with an event, comprised of individuals and organizations doing housing work across the region. Connect with others who care deeply about how to fix this problem, while we ask “what’s next” for how to get there.

Event highlights include:

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Taking Stock of Housing: The promise of land banks

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Affordable housing is a tough enough nut to crack as is, but events hundreds of miles removed from the Adirondacks can precipitate unexpected headwinds.

In 2015, Hennepin County in Minnesota seized a condominium for $15,000 worth of back taxes and associated costs. The county then sold the property at a tax sale for $40,000.

The previous owner sued, arguing that the county’s $25,000 profit constituted an illegal taking, and that the money rightfully belonged to her.

The case bounced along through the judicial system until on May 25, when in Tyler v. Hennepin County, the Supreme Court agreed that the profits indeed belonged to the former owner.

It was, said Nicole Justice Green, a heart-stopping moment for the Essex County Land Bank, which is counting on tax foreclosures to power a promising avenue of affordable housing.

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Saturday, June 17, 2023

Taking Stock of Housing: Priced out

old houseThe Federal Reserve’s year-long trend on raising interest rates seemed to finally be having an effect on the national real estate market. An 11-year span of increasing home prices finally came to an end, according to data released in March by the National Association of Realtors.

But maybe not so much in the Adirondacks.

Jay Realtor Mike Straight said he hasn’t seen evidence yet that higher interest rates are taking a bite out of the market. Bidding wars are still happening every so often, and offers are still coming in above the asking price — although maybe not to the degree that this was happening at the height of the market in 2021. Further, many homebuyers from urban locations have been paying cash, which of course makes interest rates moot.

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Saturday, March 18, 2023

Adirondack Foundation, Northern Forest Center to host housing challenges webinar March 29 

housingA new report provides communities with tools and information for approaching housing challenges in the Adirondack region. Produced by Adirondack Foundation and the Northern Forest Center, “A Place to Start: Adirondack Housing Resources,” is a comprehensive document that includes data, strategies and tools employed by municipalities, economic development agencies, private contractors, appointed task forces, and regional nonprofits. A webinar introducing the report and highlighting successful projects to date will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29. To sign up, visit

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

LivingADK Board of Directors weighs in on proposed Old Forge housing development

The following Letter to the Editor was published in the Adirondack Express newspaper during the week of February 3 – 9, 2023.

“Dear Citizens, Business Owners, and Community Organizations,

The LivingADK Board recently discussed the community concern surrounding the proposed housing development on North Street. LivingADK has consistently played the role of an unbiased facilitator assisting to coordinate resources and investigate possible solutions for the achievement of our mission to help ensure sustainable communities along the Route 28 corridor. Community housing has been a major challenge for many years. Our organization has been a partner in the creation of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan (updated July 2019) and several housing needs assessments, one of which was the West Central Adirondack Housing Needs Assessment (June 2012). These documents and more recent needs assessments clearly identify the shortage of affordable community housing options. Housing is a complicated issue, one that has challenged communities across the Adirondack Park and in resort communities across the country. We understand there is no one miracle solution, instead it will be a mix of solutions.

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