The goal: to design a way to build multi-family affordable rental homes in communities with good schools, strong local economies, and room to grow. The group focused on data collection, public education, and policy planning.
For the past two years, the Foundation has worked with the taskforce. The result: the first Long Island affordable rental housing report, plus community engagement toolkits, a centralized database of affordable housing resources, and coordination between affordable and fair housing supporters. The Long Island Rental Housing Crisis report and local toolkits were supported by an $86,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation. The study, conducted by the Regional Planning Association
, provides data that identified the problems and a set of recommended solutions. Read the full report here.
Another study, commissioned through a $10,000 grant from the Henry H. Shepard Fund at LICF for Hofstra University’s National Center for Suburban Studies
analyzes accessory dwelling units, and whether they relieve the Island’s rental shortage. “Data gathering is an important part of this program,” says Sol Marie Alfonso-Jones program officer at LICF, “because Long Island doesn’t have a centralized depository for housing data. Funding these studies gives the community tools to strengthen policies and address some long-standing barriers.”
Another $20,000 LICF grant helped the Center for Popular Democracy conduct a review and legal analysis of the Long Island Workforce Housing Act so the law can be strengthened. Download the full report and see what the findings were, here.
All this should help future generations find a home — and an affordable one — on the Island.