A shortage of workforce housing, especially in the New York metropolitan area where real estate prices are rapidly increasing, has long been a critical land use issue. Since amendments to New York state law that explicitly stated municipalities’ implied power to incentivize affordable housing, municipalities have begun to create innovative laws to promote affordable housing. This review describes some of the basic concepts behind the affordable housing movement, and the considerations of local legislatures in defining, and providing for affordable housing.
John R. Nolon & Jessica A. Bacher, Local Housing Efforts: The Maturation of Laws Promoting Affordability, N.Y. L.J., Apr. 19, 2006, at 5, available at http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/678/.