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More Affordable Housing Coming To Huntington

LM Otero

Suffolk County passed legislation this week that will help create more affordable housing in Huntington. Supporters say this will help combat the housing affordability and discrimination crisis.

The bill would add more than a hundred affordable multi-family housing units.

Elaine Gross, president of the civil rights advocacy nonprofit ERASE Racism, says Huntington has a history of racial discrimination when it comes to housing. 

Gross says in the 1980s, the U.S. Supreme Court determined the town violated the Fair Housing Act.

“Basically what the town board said was that kind of housing, more multi-family rental, needed to be in an urban renewal area that was racially segregated.

The legislation will provide infrastructure funding to move the development forward.


Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.