Queens lawmaker’s legislation to convert distressed hotels into affordable housing enacted into law


The state will create a fund to convert distressed hotels and commercial properties into permanent residences for homeless and housing vulnerable New Yorkers after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act (HONDA) into law.

The bill was sponsored by Astoria state Senator Michael Gianaris, who noted that $100 million was included in the state budget in April to fund such conversions under HONDA.