ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Today Governor Kathy Hochul announced the launch of the Pro-Housing Communities Program, geared at giving priority to local municipalities for $650 million in discretionary funding to promote housing growth. This is part of several executive moves from Hochul designed to assist housing growth in New York State.

“Communities willing to help us solve the housing crisis should be first in line for State discretionary funding,” Governor Hochul said.

Cities, towns, and villages alike are encouraged to apply for Pro-Housing Community certification.

“Increasing the housing supply in New York is critical, and I’m using every tool a governor has at her disposal to make an impact. I look forward to visiting Certified Pro-Housing communities across New York to celebrate their accomplishments in the months to come," said Hochul.

Municipalities looking to become Pro-Housing Communities must be willing and able to to provide key information to the state. This includes zoning maps and information and permit approvals over the last five years. Program applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

Approvals and denials can be expected to be issued within 90 days of application. Re-certification must be submitted on a yearly basis in order to qualify for prioritization.