HTHC Report Inventories Affordable Housing in Huntington Finding Progress and Shortfalls

Following our very successful November 19th rental housing summit, attended by over 100 community leaders, housing experts and government officials, the Huntington Township Housing Coalition has released a report inventorying the development of affordable housing since the Town’s master plan, Horizons 2020, was adopted in 20o8. While the master plan described the choices for rental and moderately priced housing as “limited” and urged the Town to expand the stock of affordable housing, the Coalition’s report finds only limited progress since 2008. Here is the link to the full report: hthc-2016-housing-report-finalrt:

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November 19th Housing Summit Program

Here is the full program, with all speakers finalized, for the important November 19th summit: “Keeping Our Young People in Huntington: The Need for Affordable Rental Housing and Downtown Revitalization.”  The summit will be held at the Cinema Arts Centre on Park Avenue in Huntington from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon. If you would like to register for the program go to: www.hthcsummit.eventbrite.com.  There is no charge for admission.

Here is the link to the full program: hthc-rental-housing-summit-program_0001

 

 

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Registration Now Open for 2016 Housing Summit

Registration is now open for the November 19, 2016 housing summit:

Keeping Our Young People in Huntington

The Need for Affordable Rental Housing and Downtown Revitalization

Registration and attendance are free,but it will help us to plan if you could please register in advance.

Register now @www.hthcsummit.eventbrite.com

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HTHC to have Housing Summit November 19th

The Huntington Township Housing Coalition, in association with the League of Women Voters of Huntington, is sponsoring a housing summit on November 19th at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.  Titled “Keeping Our Young People in Huntington…The Need for Affordable Rental Housing and Downtown Revitalization”, the summit will have speakers including town officials, businesses, and local civic associations.  For more details see the flyer:

HTHC rental housing summit SAVE THE DATE flyer

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Melville Plan Offers Affordable Housing Opportunities

At the  June 23rd Huntington Housing Coalition General Membership meeting, we announced an opportunity for affordable housing that shows great promise.  Responding to the Huntington 2020 Master Plan’s call for development of an integrated land-use plan for the  Melville Corridor, the Town hired a  company that, with community input, developed a Melville Employment Center plan suggesting re-zoning that would shift the area from exclusive commercial to mixed use, including the possible creation of 495 residential units. In the past several weeks, we have met with Supervisor Frank Petrone and then with Huntington staff who helped develop the plan.  In our conversation with Supervisor Petrone, we pointed out that the current Huntington Homes Law  requires a 20% affordable housing set aside ONLY when a residential property is downzoned – meaning it is rezoned for higher density, say from one acre to multi-family housing.  The Law does not apply when a property is rezoned from commercial to mixed use that includes residential.  Supervisor Petrone agreed with us that the Law could be amended so that the affordable housing requirement would apply in such situations, such as the Melville plan. Last night we received a unanimous vote at the General Membership meeting for our Coalition to move forward advocating for this change in the Huntington Homes Law. We are currently in discussion with Town officials about language that might be used in the amendment.  We are also planning a meeting  with Town officials and other stakeholders to discuss the inclusion of affordable family housing in the Melville plan.   This is one of the most important affordable housing developments that we have seen. Here is the link to the current edition of the LI Business News cover story on the Melville plan http://libn.com/2016/06/24/melville-makeover/ and here is the link  to the plan itself: www.huntingtonny.gov/mec
We will keep you informed as the Melville process goes forward.  As of now, we will not have a General Membership meeting in July.  Our next General Membership meeting will be at 6:30PM on Monday, September 26th at the Dolan Family Health Center.
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