The Plan For More Affordable Housing In The Town Of Somers, New York states that “the need for housing affordable to families and individuals with low/moderate incomes has been recognized by the Town of Somers since at least 1973. Town officials, working with the advice and assistance of resident volunteers, have worked over the years to define and implement means to encourage the development of such housing and to increase the range of housing opportunities in Somers.” Today, these efforts remain true. In fact, in March 2004, an updated affordable housing needs assessment was prepared for the Westchester County Board of Legislators through the County Housing Opportunities Commission. This study strengthened the commitments of the 1991 affordable housing needs assessment and further affirmed the continuing need for new affordable housing units throughout Westchester County. Taking this study into consideration, the Housing Opportunities Commission prepared and released an “Affordable Housing Action Plan” in August 2004 which identified a projected affordable housing need of 10,768 units from 2000 to 2015.
The Affordable Housing Allocation Plan 2000-2015 allocated each of Westchester County’s 43 municipalities with affordable housing responsibilities based on several indices related to a municipality’s responsibility and capacity. The Town of Somers was allocated the need to provide 224 units of affordable housing. Regulatory actions, mixed use and residential development and the utilization of Town-owned property, the Town of Somers continues to strive towards meeting its affordable housing goals.