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Three Finger Lakes Communities Certified as Pro-Housing


The state has certified three Finger Lakes communities as “pro-housing.”

Now that the villages of Newark and Dundee, along with the city of Canandaigua, have achieved this certification they can apply to key state discretionary funding programs like the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, NY Forward, and the Regional Council Capital Fund. Each community achieved certification based on factors assessing their success in promoting housing growth and commitment to identifying impediments to housing growth.

The Pro-Housing Communities Program, launched by Governor Kathy Hochul last year as part of a package of Executive Actions to increase the housing supply, recognizes municipalities for their commitment to housing growth. As part of the FY 2025 Enacted Budget, the Governor secured an agreement to make the Pro-Housing Community certification a requirement for up to $650 million in state discretionary funding. 

“Across our state, local leaders are joining our Pro-Housing Communities program to take a stand against New York’s housing crisis and commit to building the homes New Yorkers deserve,” Governor Hochul said. “My administration is ready to work with any community that shares our determination to build safe, stable, and affordable housing, and I encourage even more local leaders to launch their applications, get certified, and help us achieve our housing potential in every part of the state.”

The full list of communities receiving certification can be found online here

 In 2023, Governor Hochul signed an Executive Order to establish the Pro-Housing Community Program in order to recognize and reward municipalities actively working to unlock their housing potential and encourage others to follow suit. Localities that have successfully unlocked housing growth or committed to taking important steps to support housing, such as by streamlining permitting and adopting pro-housing policies, and that have applied and submitted critical housing and zoning data to the state, will receive a certification from New York State Homes and Community Renewal that will make them eligible for up to $650 million in state discretionary funding. The discretionary funding programs include:

  • Downtown Revitalization Initiative, administered by the Department of State
  • NY Forward, administered by the Department of State
  • Regional Council Capital Fund, administrated by Empire State Development
  • New York Main Street, administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal
  • Market New York capital grants, administered by Empire State Development
  • Mid-Hudson Momentum Fund, administered by Empire State Development
  • Public Transportation Modernization Enhancement Program, administrated by the Department of Transportation.

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