Lewisboro’s first affordable housing project since the county’s controversial housing settlement was approved was sent to the Planning Board for review recently. The plan called for constructing five apartment buildings containing about 45 apartments on Fairmount Road in Golden’s Bridge. All of the units would be classified as affordable housing and meet terms in an agreement between Westchester County and the U.S. Justice Department.

In September 2009 the Westchester County Board of Legislators settled a dispute with the federal government that requires the county to spend $50 million over seven years building 750 affordable housing units in its wealthier suburbs. Lewisboro does not meet the number of moderate-income or affordable housing units required by law. The town’s Affordable Housing Committee has been investigating this issue.

In town there are 37 affordable units, 35 of them in the Oakridge complex in Vista. Admission requirements are based on the size of the family and its total income. Applications are available in the Town House and will be reviewed by the town’s Housing and Community Development Committee. Applicants who fit the criteria are put on a waiting list as units open up. Units are made available to people according to a hierarchy starting with town employees, current town residents, emergency services volunteers, and relatives of residents down to out-of-town applicants.

A-Home, supported by a coalition of area churches, synagogues and other groups, operates residences in Vista and Katonah as well as Pound Ridge, Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, Bedford and Bedford Hills, Croton Falls, and Thornwood. The group offers rental housing for older adults, the mentally disabled and single-parent households. For information, call 666-0740 or visit a-homehousing.org.