On November 21, 2023, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced the launch of the “Plus One ADU” pilot program to help up to fifteen homeowners add accessory dwelling units to their properties.
Plus One ADU aims to expand housing access for families, retirees, and those seeking to utilize their property for extra income by enabling the construction of accessory units such as backyard cottages, garage studios, attached in-law suites, basement apartments and attic space conversions.
City residents have until February 13, 2024 to apply for the program. Eligible applicants may be awarded a combination of low or no-interest capital loans and up to $2.5 million in grants from New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR). The City will also match the State’s funding to provide financing of up to $395,000 for each homeowner. Homeowners will additionally receive the necessary support to navigate through the construction process, including ensuring that new homes are compliant with all zoning, building codes, and other requirements.
Mayor Adams stated, “Every day, our administration finds new ways to make life a little easier for working-class New Yorkers and give them the tools they need to thrive in this city…By paving the way for easier, more affordable accessory dwelling unit conversion, we are delivering a tangible win for families. Whether it’s for seniors who need space for a caregiver, a multigenerational household who want separate living spaces, or young parents with a little one on the way, an ADU can offer the flexibility families need to make New York City work for them. As a critical piece of our ‘City of Yes’ proposal to build a little more housing in every neighborhood, we are thrilled to welcome the launch of this pilot and see how ADUs can add the housing we need for families across the five boroughs.”
Deputy Mayor for Housing, Economic Development & Workforce Maria Torres-Springer stated, ““New York families need more space: for aging parents, for young adults, for caregivers and loved ones. That’s why we’re getting rid of outdated rules that stop homeowners from updating their homes to meet their needs… “Our City of Yes plan will deliver relief to middleclass homeowners across the City, and the ADU Plus One program is just a down payment.”
By: Nick Negron (Nick is a New York Law School graduate, Class of 2023.)