Municipal Housing Partnership
Hastings-on-Hudson Affordable Housing Dev. Fund Company, Inc. Pinecrest Development
Warburton Avenue
Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County
Construction started: 2001

Project Description:
An Affordable Housing Committee was organized by the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson in response to the findings of the Westchester County Opportunities Commission that the County in general and its municipal entities had an acute lack of affordable housing. The Village endorsed the Commission's Housing Allocation Plan and in June, 1997 adopted the "Affordable Housing Policy for the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson" which specifies how this need can be met. The Affordable Housing Committee is to be a source of information about affordable housing and also a vehicle to recommend creation of specific housing units. The development entity of this committee, the Hastings-on-Hudson Affordable Housing Development Fund Company (HOHAHDFC), was created to develop these units in the Village.

"There is no way that our volunteer, small village committee could move ahead with planning or building affordable housing if we did not have the people at the Housing Action Council to point the direction and answer the what, how, when and why questions. ... They have led us through each step of the affordable housing maze. Thanks to HAC we have access to the expertise and experience that are essential to a project's success.

Suzanne Smith, Chair,
Village of Hastings-on-Hudson Affordable Housing Committee

Services Provided by HAC:
Housing Action Council, along with Architect Duo Dickinson, responded to a request for proposals for a feasibility study for a Village-owned site on Warburton Avenue in the Pinecrest neighborhood. The feasibility study presented several options. The option for 2 one-family homes with accessory apartments was selected. The Housing Action Council assisted the HOHAHDFC in the following ways:

Assisted in forming the housing development fund company and securing its 501(c)(3) exemption.
Assisted in securing funding and served as liaison with the funding sources.
Advised on the development process, including selection of the contractor and preparation of the construction contract.
Assisted in preparing the deed restriction which would assure long term affordability.
Conducted a homebuyers workshop to inform prospective purchasers and prepare them to become qualified homebuyers.
Managed the lottery to select the purchasers.