Prior to World War I, housing policies in New York were limited to building codes and housing regulations. After the war, housing programs were initiated to relieve housing shortages. Beginning in 1926, New York offered special incentives to private developers to build affordable housing.524 The Great Depression, however, intensified the twin problems of blight and shortages and forced the government to take a more active role in housing and welfare generally. This article is the first constitutional affirmation by any state of a public role in housing; it...
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