Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Tell Me, Where Will The Children Live?

Campaign For Affordable Housing Gears Up On Long Island

You may have seen the recent TV spots, or heard the commercials on local radio. The premise, that the children of Long Islanders must leave not only the nest, but the island itself, in large part due to the lack of affordable housing, sets the stage not for a political campaign, but rather, for a public relations blitz aimed at educating the public and moving Albany off of square one on the affordable housing front.

While some -- particularly those in Albany who favor the benign neglect of the status quo -- may view the local Campaign for Affordable Housing as Long Island's perfect storm, the convergence of three powerful organizations -- the Long Island Association, the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and the Nassau/Suffolk Building and Construction Trades Council -- portends a significant movement form talking about affordable housing on Long Island to actually doing something about it.

Under the moniker of The Campaign For Next Generation Housing, the goals espoused are as follows:

- A series of media ads over the next several months encouraging Long Islanders to learn about Next Generation Housing and to better understand that it’s all about keeping our young people here on Long Island. [You will see TV commercials, you’ll hear radio commercials, and you will see ads in Newsday and other publications. All of those ads will direct you to the organization's website,]

- Meetings with civic leaders and boards of education members in each town on Long Island. Discussion of Long Island’s housing crisis with everyone who works to make their neighborhoods and school districts better places. Not to tell them what they should do, but to be sure they all understand what is happening to Long Island. To allow people in positions of influence on the Island to make informed decisions, and to assure that the information they have is complete and accurate.

- Presentations to local groups, such as Chamber of Commerce, PTA’s, Rotaries, Kiwanis, Lions, and other organizations. The organization will provide a speaker who can give group members a sharp, concise presentation about Long Island’s housing crisis, and what can be done about it. [If you are interested in having a presentation made to your organization, please click here.]

As part of its plan, the campaign supports legislation in Albany that advances the cause of affordable housing, with it's three component organizations cooperating on political support, including election strategy, endorsements and political fundraising -- points that have, in recent weeks, raised both eyebrows and ire among some incumbent legislators, particularly in the Republican-led Senate, which has dragged both feet and tail on measures designed to bring more affordable housing to the island. [SEE, Newsday editorial, The housing harangue.]

Residents -- who foot the bill for costs associated with the high costs of housing on Long Island -- are being asked to take an active role in the campaign [SEE, What You Can Do To Help], and, through the campaign's interactive interface, to let their voices be heard by public officials on the housing crisis and its ramifications.

The Community Alliance supports The Campaign For Next Generation Housing as well as the greater, broad-based Campaign For Affordable Housing, and urges everyone reading this blog to sign up and do your part to help make it possible -- and affordable -- for our children to stay on Long Island.

Click HERE to contact The Campaign For Next Generation Housing
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  1. If we were to use every last drop of land on Long Island without changing the way our local government coducts business we will have a larger disaster on hand. Those people who buy affordable units now will be complaining the same way we are complaining now. My home was affordable when I bought it back 30 years ago, and now it's not because of taxes and high cost of living here. So what will happen when there is no more land? The last time I took a look we were still an Island. Smart growth and development is one thing, building on every piece of property is not smart. We can not have local government running back in 1930 and try to bring the island into the 21 first century, it just won't work.

  2. This "affordable housing" debate is a joke - "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".

    Couples making 80K/year combined still can't afford housing on long island yet they don't qualify for these programs. Current homeowners have the "NIMBY" attitude and don't want any affordable housing because their property values "will go down". Couples making 80K a year will bring your values down? I'm not talking about section 8 housing here, just something to give people a reason to plant roots without having to spend %60 of their income just to put a roof over their heads!

    The whole debate makes me sick. Long Island is going to be nothing but a land of gentry for the ultra rich, the lucky baby boomers who suck off the teet of NYState with their fat pensions, and the few remaining underclass who serve them... "I got mine...screw you"

    This "affordable housing" debate is just election year pandering to people who ultimately don't even vote anyway (young people). My feeling is real group they are targeting is the senior community - who already has affordable housing - the house they bought 30 years ago and STAR capped property taxes. They will qualify for most of these programs.

    I keep reading seniors complaining that they can't afford to live here - sell your million dollar house and move! It's what I'm going to have to do. Why should my generation have to continue to subsidize the people who have benefitted so greatly from the politicians in New York State and the Federal Government?