Programs and Reports
Advocating and Informing for Affordable Housing
One of the WCA’s Real Estate & Housing Task Force’s tangible deliverables is the WCA Policy Playbook- a resource to design, validate and deploy land use policies and strategies to improve the planning, zoning, and approval process across the county. To help tackle the issue of affordable housing, WCA has partnered with Pace’s Land Use Law Center to create a brand-new chapter for the Playbook. The Policy Playbook directly addresses this vital challenge with specific policy recommendations, “how-to” guides, model zoning ordinances, municipality specific best practices, and training and funding resources.
Convening an Affordable Housing Summit
The WCA annually convenes a stakeholder summit that draws many hundreds of participants who discuss the most pressing issues in real estate. Our most-recent summit was dedicated to the housing crisis in Westchester. Subject matter experts shared insights about many of the topics within the Policy Playbook and presented recommendations from the newly published affordable housing chapter.
Mobilizing a Stakeholder Group
In addition to the members of the WCA Real Estate and Housing Task Force, the WCA works closely with other key leadership groups from the public and private sectors to coordinate efforts of the various housing programs and initiatives. This coalition will mobilize a master outreach plan, including co-sponsored webinars, events, and training to leverage collective resources and technical assistance.
Participants include: Pace University’s Land Use Law Center, Westchester County Office of Economic Development, Westchester County Office of Planning, Westchester Municipal Panning Federation. Builders & Realty Institute, Construction Industry Council, Urban Land Institute, and the Housing Action Council.