January 5, 2011
In another knock against Westchester County’s handling of its affordable housing settlement, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has rejected an analysis required by the settlement as “incomplete and unacceptable.” The federal government has given county officials until April 1 to revise the document, which is intended to lay out possible impediments to constructing affordable housing in the county. It also wants the county to use measures, such as legal action, to push towns to build affordable housing, although local officials do not think that will be necessary.
“Although the [analysis] provides data and identifies many issues central to furthering fair housing choice, it fails to make any material link between those impediments and the actions the county will take to overcome them,” the letter states.
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