Following 18 months of collaborative work with a wide range of community-based stakeholders, The Leviticus Fund is pleased to release today its Yonkers Housing Report. The report offers eight housing best practices that are tailored to the unique opportunities and challenges that the City of Yonkers is facing in the midst of its urban redevelopment.
After years of declining population and disinvestment, Yonkers and other cities throughout the United States are experiencing new waves of people, businesses, and urban development. Restoring urban vitality is wonderful, but also raises vexing public policy questions about housing affordability and inclusion. Cities everywhere are challenged with attracting new investment while expanding housing and employment opportunities for its lowest-income households. Yonkers is a microcosm of these broader trends. And given its proximity to New York City, one of the most expensive housing markets in the world, it is an opportune time to analyze housing policy in Yonkers.
We offer special words of thanks to the JPMorgan Chase Foundation for providing charitable support for this housing policy study, and to the land use and economic consulting firm of Kevin Dwarka LLC, that led the report’s technical process.
It is our hope that the report will be a touchstone to help achieve, over time, more equitable and inclusive housing choices for individuals and families of all incomes living in Yonkers.
To read the report’s Executive Summary, click here.
To read the full report, click here.