ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING
ASSEMBLY SUBCOMMITTEE ON MITCHELL-LAMA
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Affordable housing has been and will continue to remain one of the Assembly's primary concerns. To this end the Assembly has consistently supported many different programs and initiatives designed to provide affordable housing. One of the most important of these initiatives is Mitchell-Lama housing. This program has produced tens of thousands of affordable housing units across New York State. In recent years the number of Mitchell-Lama units has begun to dwindle. This is due to a number of different factors including: corporations paying off the remainder of their low interest loans; lawsuits filed to remove buildings from the Mitchell Lama program; and a lack of new units being developed under the existing program. This hearing will explore possible solutions to the challenges the Mitchell-Lama program is facing.
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Member of Assembly
Subcommittee on Mitchell-Lama
What measures can the Legislature take to preserve Mitchell-Lama housing? What are the main reasons landlords are choosing to leave the Mitchell-Lama program? What incentives would persuade landlords to remain?
What strategies can the State and its municipalities adopt in order to promote the addition of new units to the Mitchell Lama program?
Should efforts to preserve Mitchell-Lama housing be focused on maintaining existing units or attracting new developers to the program?
How can the State help residents to become better informed of the rules and regulations governing Mitchell-Lama buildings and the buy-out process? How can the rules and regulations be updated or improved?
How can the Legislature help protect tenants in Mitchell-Lama rental and co-op buildings that leave the program?
Are specific areas of New York facing a shortage of Mitchell-Lama housing? If so has this been caused by recent departures from the program?