Westchester County releases implementation plan for housing settlement

February 02, 2010
Westchester County has submitted its implementation plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and to the federal monitor overseeing the county’s compliance with last year’s settlement of the fair and affordable housing lawsuit.
     The plan details the framework for complying with the settlement entered into by former County Executive Andrew Spano and approved by a majority of the Board of Legislators. The settlement requires the county to build 750 units of new housing in 31 communities and to undertake marketing that ensures outreach to racially and ethnically diverse households.
     The implementation plan does not specifically detail where the housing will be built – just the process on how decisions will be made. As required by the settlement, the plan also includes tools – such as new policies and marketing initiatives – to assist the county in promoting fair and affordable housing opportunities within Westchester.
     The document and its many attachments can be found on the county’s Web site at: www.westchestergov.com/housingsettlement .