Overview

Housing affordable for those individuals and families that live and work in our communities is not a new challenge to the Adirondack region, and a challenge that is unique only to this region.  However, recently the burdens of increasing housing prices and the lack of inventory of affordable and workforce housing has prompted the need for action.  LivingADK has convened a Housing Committee to explore new ways to begin looking at the long term health of our communities with creative housing options.  The goal of this committee is to focus its energies on the regional Towns of Forestport, Webb, Inlet, Long Lake and into Indian Lake all along the Route 28 corridor.  A regional focus would allow towns to leverage more resources together, provide studies and analysis that could be use in acquiring grants and the larger picture of developing long term actionable solutions.

Housing is an important issue because it is the long term lifeblood of a community.  Without people that work in the Western Central Adirondack region also living in the Western Central Adirondack region, a chain reaction occurs.  Lack of local employees strains businesses, lack of young families threatens the viability of schools, and lack of local buy in decreases sensible decision making on things like environmental sustainability and long term planning.  Healthy communities are ever-growing and LivingADK and its Housing Committee are open to multi-pronged approaches to bring about big picture change.  Legislation, private industry, municipal housing, business supplied housing, deed restrictions and secondary markets are all tools in our toolkit and we intend to use successful models in other communities around the country to inform our own actions within individual communities and the region at large. 

 

Highlights

  • LivingADK Deed Restriction Program active to help keep our homes houses
  • Multiple and simultaneous approaches are key to success
  • Legislation, private industry, municipal housing, business supplied housing and deed restrictions are all tools
  • Cities all over the country provide successful models to build on
Housing

Affordable housing brings stability, economic diversity and improves the physical quality of a neighborhood.

-John Woods

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