Westchester housing settlement: Marketing succeeds in diversifying applicants, tenants


In a preview of the fourth quarter report from Westchester County to the housing monitor overseeing the 2009 fair housing settlement, Planning Department Deputy Commissioner Norma Drummond said today that the broad marketing of the units has succeeded in bringing in a diverse pool of applicants and a diverse, though slightly less so, group of new occupants.

Of the 1,532 applicants for five developments that have held lotteries, 32 percent of the heads of household are white, 43 percent African American, 1 percent Asian, 2.3 percent white and African American and 4.7 percent other multiracial. Regarding the separate category of ethnicity, 23 percent are Hispanic and 57 percent non-Hispanic. The remainder didn’t answer the question.

Of the 104 occupied units, 38 percent are African American and 19 percent are Hispanic.

“I think it’s clear we’re getting to a more diverse pool,” Drummond said to the Government Operations Committee of the Board of Legislators.

At the same meeting, Mary Mahon of the county executive’s office, said the Department of Housing and Urban Development is studying the five submissions to the monitor regarding the county’s zoning to determine if the county has fully complied with the requests for information. The county’s analysis of local zoning has been one of the major sticking points in the implementation of the housing settlement.


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