One in five housing units on Long Island is a rental unit—about half the rate of nearby suburban counties. This has put a significant strain on families with low-to-moderate incomes. Now, an influx of new commuters due to surging remote work policies, rising home values, and coastal degradation is making the area’s affordable housing shortage worse. Over the next 15 years, Long Island will be short at least 100,000 housing units. The Long Island Community Foundation is working to address both the immediate and long-term housing needs on the Island.
A grant to the Wyandanch Homes and Property Development Corporation will help move Long Island families and individuals from shelters into affordable housing. The group will provide supportive programming and case counseling, including career advising, financial literacy courses, and home maintenance training.
The Long Island Community Foundation is helping the Regional Plan Association work with Nassau County municipalities and zoning boards to expand affordable housing and improve climate resilience planning. The Association will issue a report and municipal roadmap with strategies for finance options and designs that will make housing more equitable.