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Leading Causes of Homelessness on Long Island

Lack of Affordable Housing

This is caused by market value of housing in the area, inventory of rental units, and inventory of affordable housing.

Systemic Racism


The inability to own homes and create generational wealth, eviction rates, and housing discrimination

Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)

Significant community resistance to affordable housing development, housing programs, shelters or other spaces housing/serving vulnerable populations. 

Misinformation and Stigmatization

This leads to things like criminalization of homelessness, less community buy-in to better address homelessness, and perpetuates a deserving v. not deserving sentiment

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