“REALTORS® along with many community members have been asking: What can we do together to facilitate the development of owner-occupied housing for our workforce; and is it possible to identify clear pathways, initiatives and partnerships to overcome barriers preventing the creation of owner-occupied workforce housing in Tompkins County?

On Thursday, November 29, 2018 over 100 community members representing: housing, planning, municipalities, financial institutions, and employers worked together to develop ideas about how to address barriers to housing development in Tompkins County.”

Tompkins County seeks ideas on financing homes regular folk can afford

The ultimate goal of the study will be to find pathways of stimulating more rapid and affordable housing development at price points falling within the county’s “missing middle” (not too expensive, but not subsidized or Section 8 housing), identify what amount of funding would be needed to make those projects work, and what types of financing terms would be beneficial for developers who often have claimed that the development climate in Tompkins County is not conducive to building at affordable price points.


Housing Needed: Affordable for People – Friendly for the Environment – It Can Be Done!

Tompkins County needs more affordable housing, yet new development must be done with environmental and land use issues in mind. The League of Women Voters sponsored an event on Monday to discuss how climate change can be taken into account while meeting the needs of our community.


Megan McDonald, Deputy Commissioner, Tompkins County Dept. of Planning & Sustainability, will discuss efforts being made by the county and the problems that need to be solved.

Joe Bowes, Director of Real Estate Development, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, will discuss the work that INHS has been doing in creating new developments and in refurbishing existing housing.

Co-sponsors: Campaign for Renewable Energy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Fossil Free Tompkins, Sustainable Tompkins, and Tompkins County Environmental Management Council