The Committee began in 1990, with the goal of meeting the local needs of affordable housing, particularly for volunteer firefighters, ambulance corps members, municipal and school employees, senior citizens and young people.
In 1997, supported by home sales and census data, the Village Board acknowledged that housing in the community was becoming too expensive for many of modest means.
This resulted in:
- Hastings grown children moving away
- Seniors having to move away
- Lessening income diversity
- Shrinkage of volunteer pool
- Loss of village tradition
- Local workers having to commute
- Increase in carbon footprint
In response, the Village adopted legislation:
- encouraging accessory apartments
- enabling the Village Planning Board to give density bonuses and/or other modifications for affordable projects.
- ensuring that any affordable units remain affordable for the foreseeable future, the Village board also required those units to have
- providing for 99-year affordability restrictions.
- 2013 local law requiring:
a) any Hastings development of eight or more units to include 15% as fair and affordable
b) “Workforce Units,” which can be one third of the required 15% units. The workforce units are not subsidized by any government agency and are intended for incomes higher than the affordable limits and up to 125% of median household income in Westchester County. (See "Income Limits")
c) widespread marketing to assure maximum diversity
Since the Committee was created, the need for affordable housing units has only increased, and the conversion of Hastings rental apartment buildings to condo and coop ownership has added urgency. Therefore your support is necessary , please check our "Support us" section.