The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning is devoted to providing affordable housing for families and businesses across the county. The Welcome Home Committee (WHC) has set a goal to make housing available to those who earn no more than 120% of the area's median income, with at least 50% of that housing accessible to those who earn no more than 80% of the area's median income. The need for affordable housing has become a crisis in Suffolk County, with many young workers and elderly people leaving Long Island in search of more economical options. To tackle this issue, the county is collaborating with municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and developers to construct and renovate housing for those whose incomes do not exceed 120% of the median income established by HUD for the Nassau-Suffolk primary metropolitan statistical area.
The Suffolk County Urban Center Revitalization Program, the Suffolk County Landbank Program, and other initiatives are also being implemented to stimulate economic growth and development. The Francis S. Leases and Administration are also under the jurisdiction of this Committee. It will take everyone working together to find solutions that will help keep families together in Suffolk County.
The county is dedicated to providing affordable housing options for all residents. The WHC has implemented several strategies to ensure that affordable housing is available in Suffolk County. These include providing incentives to developers who build or renovate affordable housing units, creating a land bank program to acquire vacant or abandoned properties for redevelopment, and offering tax credits to developers who build or renovate affordable housing units. Additionally, the county has established a loan program to help low-income families purchase homes. The county is also working with local municipalities to create zoning regulations that encourage the development of affordable housing. This includes allowing higher density developments in certain areas and providing incentives for developers who build or renovate affordable housing units. Finally, the county is working with nonprofit organizations to provide services such as financial counseling and job training programs that can help low-income families become self-sufficient.
These services can help families stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure. The county is committed to providing affordable housing options for all residents of Suffolk County. By working together with municipalities, nonprofit organizations, developers, and other stakeholders, the county can ensure that everyone has access to safe and affordable housing.