Canandaigua, NY – December 19, 2022 Ontario County has initiated a county-wide Housing Needs Assessment and retained an experienced consultant, Urban Partners, to assist in that effort. The purpose of the study is to provide data to stakeholders about the current housing stock and new construction offerings, identify existing and anticipated housing needs to highlight disparities between availability and need, identify the factors contributing to that disparity, and develop strategies to address those factors.
An important part of the process involves gathering input from the public about their housing experiences in Ontario County. The Housing Survey (linked below) has been created by Urban Partners to capture that feedback and help them develop a clearer understanding of a diverse and complex housing market. The survey gathers information about residents’ current housing situations and future plans. The survey also asks about barriers to purchasing and renting, issues surrounding senior housing, and more.
The consultants are also conducting interviews with key community-based organizations, social service providers, county and municipal officials, large employers, school districts, builders, realtors, lenders, and landlords with the assistance of Ontario County staff. Feedback from these housing-related stakeholders will further identify needs throughout the county.
Ultimately, the project will document existing housing conditions, identify market and other forces that affect supply and demand now and in the future, identify gaps in maintaining equitable access to safe, resilient, and reliable housing, and identify opportunities for improving and expanding housing options.
Ontario County requests that you please take a few minutes to complete the housing survey and distribute it to your friends, relatives, and colleagues. The more responses received, the more accurate the representation of the housing needs will be. The survey is anonymous and responses are confidential.