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Homes and Community Renewal

Office of Policy and Research

The Office of Policy and Research (Policy) staff is responsible for researching the housing needs of the State and assisting with the development of appropriate policies. Policy promotes a holistic, forward thinking collaborative approach by identifying best practices, programs and initiatives to address the State's housing needs and the broader goals of the Governor's affordable housing and community development agenda.

Impact Measurement Study

Policy staff is conducting an Impact Measurement Study to gauge the impact of HCR's investments. In connection therewith, in 2011, Policy staff is planning to conduct a statewide survey to research the effect of HCR's housing programs on residents. This survey will seek information from residents of rental developments and first-time homeowners who recently have moved to their new home on topics such as satisfaction with housing, proximity to essential services, economic opportunities, school performance and safety. Results of the survey will assist HCR evaluate existing programs and set priorities for future initiatives.

Housing Report Card Database

Policy assists in coordinating the Housing Report Card database (HRC), which was created to record and take count of the provision and preservation of affordable housing that is supported by the programs of all state agencies that fund permanent affordable housing units.

The purpose of the HRC is to report the dollar amounts expended and the dwelling units assisted (by geographic location) from January 1, 2006 through the present time. The HRC reports on those programs administered by the agencies which support the development, preservation and improvement of affordable housing.

The HRC creates reports which show, among other things, the dollar amounts expended by program and the dwelling units assisted by affordable housing category: New Construction - rental units, Preservation - rental units, Home Improvement and Homebuyer Assistance. The HRC also has reporting capabilities which show program dollars expended and units assisted by county and region. The HRC has adopted the State's ten regional boundaries established by the Empire State Development Corporation.

Catalogue of Need

The Catalogue of Need was developed to present a concise snapshot of the affordable housing and community development needs across the State. The document, which consists of a three-page summary for each of the State's ten regions, is designed to assist agency management and program staff in making more informed policy and funding decisions based on regional needs and issues. Each regional summary includes: (1) a Conditions Summary; (2) Housing Needs Study Highlights; (3) tables consisting of a variety of demographic and housing-related data at the county level; and (4) population projections. The Catalogue of Need is updated on an annual basis. The 2011 version can be found at

In addition to the regional Catalogue of Need documents, a statewide regional comparison chart was created to illustrate both the common and unique affordable housing and community development issues.  The chart shows the varied quantitative data across regions, highlighting the highest and lowest attributes, and compares regional data to the State as a whole.

Statewide Housing Needs Study

The Statewide Housing Needs Study, issued in May 2009, was an unprecedented effort to reach out, gather and present first-hand information from local leaders and housing professionals who truly understand the housing needs of their communities. This study and related Regional Reports will be used as tools to inform not only the public but HCR staff to help determine how New York State's housing and community development programs can best serve the needs of our residents.

Consolidated Planning

Policy oversees the development of New York State's Consolidated Planning process, which establishes the State's priorities, strategies, and actions to address affordable housing and community development needs in order to secure federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the four formula grant programs: Home Investments Partnerships (HOME), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs. New York State's Consolidated Plan for 2011-2015 was submitted to HUD on November 15, 2010 and approved on December 30, 2010.

The Consolidated Plan is prepared every five years and is updated annually. In addition to addressing affordable housing and community development needs, the Plan analyzes the State's housing markets; articulates the State's priorities, goals, and strategies to address identified needs; and describes the actions the State will take to implement strategies for affordable housing and community development. Areas of particular need explored in the Plan include: needs of the homeless; needs of special populations including the elderly and frail elderly, persons with severe mental illness, persons with developmental disabilities, and persons with physical disabilities; lead-based paint hazards; and barriers to affordable housing. The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance provides information on the Emergency Shelter Grants and Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids programs. Additional input is received from the Department of Health, the New York State National Affordable Housing Act Task Force, and the Partnership Advisory Council. The Annual Action Plan for 2013 was submitted to HUD on November 15, 2012 and accepted on December 26, 2012.

In addition to the five-year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan, the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) are submitted to HUD annually. The 2011 CAPER was submitted to HUD on March 31, 2012 and approved on December 21, 2012. The 2011 CAPER summarizes the activities undertaken by New York State in response to the objectives outlined in the 2011 Action Plan.
New York State's Consolidated Plan documents are found at:

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

The New York State Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) is an essential component of the State's overall Consolidated Plan. HUD regulations for the Consolidated Plan require each jurisdiction receiving federal funds for affordable housing and community development for the four formula grant programs (CDBG, HOME, ESGP, and HOPWA) to submit a certification that it will affirmatively further fair housing. The certification provides that the State will: conduct an analysis of impediments to fair housing within its jurisdiction; take appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any impediments identified through the analysis; and maintain records reflecting the analysis and actions in this regard.

An AI was filed with the 2011-2015 Consolidated Plan in November 2010. Because HUD can at any time use the AI to ensure New York State is affirmatively furthering fair housing as is certified annually in the Consolidated Plan/Action Plan, updating the AI is an ongoing process.

Supportive Housing and Housing for People with Disabilities

Policy participates in a variety of interagency forums to increase housing opportunities for people with special needs, seniors and people with disabilities to live independently in the community of their choice. HCR serves on the Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council (MISCC) and leads the MISCC Housing Committee. The MISCC is charged with developing and overseeing the implementation of a comprehensive statewide plan for providing services to disabled individuals in the most integrated setting and complying with the State's obligations under the Olmstead decision.

HCR is a member of the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council which collaborates on new ways to improve the delivery of supportive services to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.

New York/New York III/Supportive Housing Agreement

The NY/NY III agreement between New York State and New York City is targeted to provide an additional 9,000 supportive housing units by 2016 for individuals and families who are living on the streets or in emergency shelters in New York City. The primary goals of the agreement are to prevent homelessness, reduce the period of homelessness, and increase independence.

Policy serves as a member of the State/City Oversight Committee responsible for coordinating efforts with other units of State and City government, as well as facilitating the Agency's implementation and monitoring efforts to achieve HCR's targets under the agreement.

Policy oversees, a free service provided by New York State to make advertising and searching for affordable housing easier and more efficient. Thousands of listings located throughout the State are featured on the site and users may search and list properties for free. The service is also available through a toll-free bi-lingual call center at 1-877-428-8844.

Sustainable Development

Policy serves as the Agency's primary liaison for matters related to sustainable development and green affordable housing. An important focus of the office is on environmental and energy issues as they relate to affordable housing and community development, such as promoting energy efficiency, green buildings, brownfield redevelopment and smart growth principles.

HCR is committed to expanding the agency's focus on sustainable development and aligning community development and affordable housing investment strategies with environmentally responsible building practices. Green affordable housing, in addition to increasing resource efficiency and reducing environmental impacts, can yield cost savings for both building owners and tenants through long-term reduction in operating expenses. The benefits include improved energy performance and comfort, a healthier indoor environment, increased durability of building components, and simplified maintenance requirements that can lead to financial efficiencies for property managers and owners. Green building practices improve the economics of managing affordable housing while enhancing quality of life for residents. A Green Building Criteria Reference Manual is available on our website at to educate and assist developers in creating sustainable and healthier housing.

The agency's Green Building Initiative (GBI) and Energy Efficiency Initiative (EEI) encourage developers to incorporate green and energy efficiency measures into both new construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing projects by including incentives in the HCR funding process under the Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Program and HOME Program. Information on the GBI and EEI are outlined in HCR's annual Request for Proposals for Capital Programs. In addition, developers who meet green building and energy efficiency criteria gain a significant advantage in the competitive application process for the distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credits, distributed pursuant to the in the state's Qualified Allocation Plan.

Information on green building and energy conservation incentives for the rehabilitation of rental or owner-occupied housing and Community Housing Development Organization single family home ownership projects is outlined in the Request for Proposals New York State HOME Program.

Last Updated: 11/22/11