Efforts by municipalities to promote affordable housing have proven to be insufficient as evidenced by the skyrocketing real estate prices in the New York metropolitan area. Historically, New York courts have struggled with the affordable housing issue, often issuing inconsistent decisions on what types of local laws are unconstitutionally exclusionary. By utilizing other states’ initiatives as a guide, New York can create a comprehensive affordable housing bill that will effectively provide for affordable housing and relieve some of the pressures on the judiciary caused by past ambiguous legislation.
John R. Nolon & Jessica A. Bacher, Affordable Housing: A Case for State Legislative Action, N.Y. L.J., Sept. 20, 2006, at 5, available at http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/676/.