affordable housing settlement

Court Says Westchester Can Fight For Housing Grants

Feb 19, 2015

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit brought by Westchester County against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As the dispute concerning a 2009 affordable housing settlement in Westchester County continues, a Congresswoman and the governor have come up with a plan to allot federal money to local communities. 

Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey, ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, represents part of Westchester.

Courtesy of the Westchester Board of Legislators

Westchester County stands to lose more than $5 million dollars in grants if it does not submit zoning documents to the federal government. It’s the latest in a standoff between the county executive and the agency stemming from a 2009 affordable housing settlement.

In New York, Westchester County legislators have approved legislation as part of a federal 2009 fair and affordable housing settlement.

Legislators in Westchester County will hold a public hearing next week. It’s part of a process to meet federal demands regarding a 2009 fair and affordable housing settlement. A spokesman for the county executive has said it is the county’s position that it is in compliance with the settlement.

Office of the Westchester County Executive

The U.S. Attorney has fired off a letter threatening action if the Westchester County Executive does not comply with his demands. The letter has to do with an affordable housing agreement, and the county executive has said he is in compliance.

In New York, Westchester legislators are asking a federal agency for more time before the agency takes away more than $7 million in funding for the county.

Office of the Westchester County Executive

In New York, the Westchester County Executive is asking a federal agency for a hearing after being told that funding would be taken away from the county. The warning came in a letter, and is based on claims the county has failed to comply with a fair housing agreement.