The Rural Preservation Program as well as its urban counter part, the Neighborhood Preservation Program, were recognized in the final State Budget as an important delivery mechanism for affordable housing. Legislative leadership on affordable housing stated it was their number one priority to see this program get an increase this year. The Governor’s budget did not cut the program, but did ask that a plan be created to review the preservation programs.
RPP practitioners must control this process. Intermediary CD “technicians” have been invited in to help as needed, but took a dominant and highly visible position in the first meeting. Value of first meeting not clear. 7/13 will be the real test of our ability to set priorities.