A forum is set for next Thursday, Nov. 19, on the federal False Claims Act settlement requiring Westchester to build 750 units of affordable housing.
Rose Noonan, executive director of the Housing Action Council, will speak on what the settlement means for Yorktown and surrounding communities. The forum starts at 7:30 p.m. in Room 16 at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce St.
A U.S. District Court judge earlier this year ordered the county to build the housing in its whitest suburbs — those with the lowest percentages of black and Hispanic residents — because of lapses under the Spano administration in the county’s use of federal monies.
Also speaking will be Ann Seligson, fair housing director for Westchester Residential Opportunities, on housing discrimination and Ken Kearney, builder of Wynwood Oaks affordable senior housing in Shrub Oak, on building opportunities.
The forum is sponsored by the Yorktown Community Housing Board and aims to inform residents about how the settlement agreement could provide housing opportunities for those with modest incomes. There will be time for informal discussions following the presentations.
(file photo: Outgoing County Executive Andrew Spano by Mark Vergari, The Journal News)