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Greene County legislators hear about local affordable housing crisis

Aug 17, 2023 12:59 pm

Andrea Macko reports for Porcupine Soup that on Aug. 14 the Greene County Legislature heard a local housing assessment from Greene County Economic Development and Planning Director James Hannahs. Since 2019, Hannahs said, the median income for a four-person household in Greene County went up 35 percent, but median home prices rose about 67 percent. Clearly, Greene County, and the rest of the Hudson Valley, needs more affordable housing. But Catskill Greene County Legislator Michael Bulich said he thinks if the county builds affordable housing “It’s not going to be a solution, unfortunately.” Coxsackie-based Legislator Thomas Hobart said government should not get involved with housing. In April, the Newburgh-based non-profit research group Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress released a report that said, “The Hudson Valley cannot have a strong economy without a robust workforce―and we cannot maintain a workforce without good, affordable places for people to live.” Greene County legislators, though, seem resistant to doing anything about the issue. Read more about this story at Porcupine Soup.

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