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New York farmworkers need places to live

Mar 06, 2023 12:23 am

Austin Jefferson reports in the Daily Freeman that several Hudson Valley-based farmers are saying there is a lack of farmworker housing locally. Faith Gilbert is lead organizer of the Hudson Valley Farmer Housing Working Group, 16 Hudson Valley farm owners, managers, workers, and service providers. Gilbert says a survey of local farmers found 45 percent felt that housing was a major issue, and one farmer said, “Cost of living and lack of affordable housing has me seriously questioning if I should continue working in an agricultural field.” Gilbert said, “The worst moments of owning a farm are operating one worker short.” In 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul approved $15 million in farmworker housing funding, with a limit of $200,000 per applicant. That did not solve the problem of housing for farmworkers, and Gilbert said, “If we don’t find a way to solve this problem in the short and long term we will see a lot of farms close.” Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.

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