Legislation would clear path to turn old hotels, motels into needed housing

The tourism industry is poised to make a rebound this summer now that COVID numbers are improving.

However, the toll it took on hotels and motels is hard to miss in many cities. Many were forced to permanently shut their doors.

Across the state Friday, a group of New Yorkers shared their idea for putting people back in all those rooms.

With less than a week to go in the legislative session, area activists are rallying around a piece of legislation they call the “Housing our Neighbors with Dignity Act,” or “HONDA.”

It would allow abandoned or dilapidated motels and hotels throughout New York state to be converted to deeply affordable units of housing.

Learn about how supporters suggest the legislation be funded by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger’s story.

MORE INFORMATION: Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act