From Study to Strategy
The Syracuse Housing Study is the foundation for work now underway to create the Syracuse Housing Strategy.
A Two Part Effort to Identify and Develop Responsive Housing Strategies for Syracuse
Housing has been, and continues to be, a critical issue in Syracuse that has broad economic, quality of life, health, and fiscal impacts. To better understand these impacts and how best to move forward, a two-part effort was initiated in 2022 and will continue into 2024.
The creation of a citywide housing strategy for Syracuse began with the Syracuse Housing Study.
Sep 2022 - Jun 2023
The Study began in late 2022 and was completed and delivered to the Syracuse Common Council in June 2023.
The work focused on analyzing the Syracuse housing market. There were many important findings in this analysis but two stand out above the rest:
One is that much of the housing in Syracuse has been neglected for decades. Consequently, property values have stagnated (even accounting for recent price escalations) and the cost of catching up on deferred maintenance and improvements generally exceeds what properties are worth. This puts a great fiscal strain on City government, making it difficult to operate and provide for a high quality of life for residents. This represents a market gap.
The other is that despite significant degradation, housing is still too expensive for many, making it very difficult for low-income households to succeed. This represents an affordability gap.
The development of strategies to address housing market challenges and opportunities in Syracuse is now underway!
Aug 2023 - May 2024
The second part of the process has now begun; it is the development of the strategy the City needs to respond to these twin problems of low quality on one hand and low affordability for many on the other.
The work is scheduled to be completed in May of 2024. Throughout the process, the community will have opportunities to weigh in and provide feedback to help shape the strategies. Learn how you can get involved and add your voice to the conversation.
The work is being led by the consulting firm czb, which is the same firm that developed the Syracuse Housing Study.
A project Steering Committee will guide the strategy development process, which will be based on the findings of the 2023 Syracuse Housing Study. Working with czb, the committee will create a series of draft strategies for public comment. Drafts will be periodically released to the public for review as they are developed.
To strengthen the capacity of the Steering Committee to create a housing strategy for Syracuse, several public surveys will be conducted (September, December, and March), and the results incorporated into strategy work.
There will also be at least three public open houses where analysis and draft strategy work will be shared and where the public can both provide advice and guidance on housing issues and ask questions.