Economic Development and Workforce Housing

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Theresa Ward, Acting Commissioner

H. Lee Dennison Building
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Hauppauge, New York  11788

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Suffolk County Workforce Housing Commission

The Commission has been charged with, among other things, streamlining the workforce housing permitting process, creating an inventory of potential sites for development of workforce housing and assisting the County Executive in implementing certain key recommendations made by his transition team's workforce housing committee. The transition team recommendations likely to get the most serious consideration include conducting a comprehensive inventory of parcels within the county to identify those appropriate for development or redevelopment, working with local municipalities to refine or develop zoning codes to stimulate the creation of affordable housing units, offering incentives to builders who agree to dedicate percentages of new development as affordable units and the creation of a county Workforce Housing Website that would serve as an educational and informational resource center for those in need of affordable housing, developers and investors which would link visitors to sites containing information on initiatives such as down payment assistance programs, mortgage counseling, the county's land acquisition program to identify which areas of the county have been targeted for preservation, etc.

The Commission determined that it will support workforce housing developments that meet certain stated criteria. Download these criteria and instructions on applying for the commission's endorsement here.