New report highlights how lack of affordable housing leads to homelessness

This report draws from two-and-a half years of study by the Welfare-to-Work Commission’s Supportive Housing Work Group.  It assesses the critical shortage of housing for Suffolk’s most vulnerable residents at risk of becoming homeless: working-poor people earning under 50 percent of the Area Median Income ($55,400 for a family of four) and, more pointedly, people with mental illness who need supportive housing. The most recent count found 3,868 homeless people on Long Island. It costs Suffolk $19 million a year to shelter the homeless. Click to read the report: SWTW supportive housing report with cover letter

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HTHC Report Updates Inventory Affordable Housing: Still not Enough

The Huntington Township Housing Coalition today released its 2018   Housing report 2018, an update of its 2016 report on housing built and proposed in the town of Huntington, NY, since the publication of the Town’s Horizons 2020 master plan.

The report notes that only 27% of the affordable housing indicated in the plan has been proposed or built, with much of it remaining in the proposed stage.  It also notes that the town has far fewer rental apartments than the market needs.  It notes that there is a significant role for government in providing affordable housing, because the high demand for housing coupled with the slow pace of adding additional units would indicate that only market-rate units would be built without intervention.

It proposes possible solutions to creating more affordable workforce housing, and calls for the town to take action.

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Listen to Candidates speak on affordable housing

The Huntington Township Housing Coalition announced today that it has launched a YouTube channel.  The channel will contain short videos of the Town of Huntington candidates for Supervisor and Town Council.  It can be accessed by going to YouTube and searching for Huntington Township Housing Coalition, or by going here:

We encourage you to become informed as to the positions your candidates have taken.   Updates will be posted on the HTHC’s Facebook page.


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HTHC Report Inventories Affordable Housing in Huntington Finding Progress and Shortfalls

Following our very successful November 19th rental housing summit, attended by over 100 community leaders, housing experts and government officials, the Huntington Township Housing Coalition has released a report inventorying the development of affordable housing since the Town’s master plan, Horizons 2020, was adopted in 20o8. While the master plan described the choices for rental and moderately priced housing as “limited” and urged the Town to expand the stock of affordable housing, the Coalition’s report finds only limited progress since 2008. Here is the link to the full report: hthc-2016-housing-report-finalrt:

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