Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2018-21
Recommended
Jan 4, 2018 3:00 PM

Amending Section 224 of New York State County Law to Permit Counties to Appropriate Funds Towards the Development, Maintenance, or Management of Affordable Housing

Information

Department:Planning and Sustainability DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Legislation or Funding - State and FederalFunctions:Housing, Legislation/Regulations

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. PDEQ_Cover_Memo_AmendingNYSCountyLaw_12-22-17 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  3. NYS County Law Section 224

Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, Section 224 of the New York State County Law provides the option for a county board of supervisors to appropriate and contract for public benefit services, and specifically to contract with non-profit organizations and other corporations, associations, and agencies within the county for the purposes listed in Section 224, and

 

WHEREAS, the list of objects and purposes for these optional appropriations and contracts for public benefit services does not include the development, maintenance, or management of affordable housing, and

 

WHEREAS, an inadequate supply of affordable housing that is well maintained and managed is a long-standing challenge that significantly impacts the health, safety, and well-being of many individuals and families in Tompkins County and throughout the state of New York, and

 

WHEREAS, this inadequate supply of affordable housing, together with the older housing stock common throughout Tompkins County and the state of New York, compromises the health and safety of community members who may be forced to live in unsafe housing conditions and/or use precious resources that might pay for adequate food, medicine, and clothing in order to secure housing for themselves and their families, and

 

WHEREAS, counties in the state of New York are permitted to spend Federal and New York State funds provided to them for the purposes of developing, maintaining, or managing affordable housing and to contract with other organizations to carry out these purposes, and

 

WHEREAS, although counties cannot address affordable housing challenges alone, counties in the state of New York have no mechanism under the current County Law to use any local funds to assist in the development, maintenance, or management of affordable housing and are therefore largely powerless absent the award of Federal or New York State funds for these affordable housing efforts, and

 

WHEREAS, without the authority to spend local resources on affordable housing, counties in the state of New York are facing a crisis in affordable housing development, as Federal and State funding for this urgent and critical need may be significantly cut in the near future, now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature urges the New York State Legislature to amend Section 224 of the New York State County Law as follows:

 

(29) Development, maintenance, or management of affordable housing.

 

SEQR ACTION: TYPE II-37

Meeting History

Jan 4, 2018 3:00 PM  Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:David McKenna, Member
SECONDER:Deborah Dawson, Member
AYES:Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison
EXCUSED:Michael Sigler