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YIMBY - Yes in My Backyard aims to build a movement across Long Island supporting the development of new affordable housing. YIMBY supports the idea that all communities on Long Island must provide a diversity of housing options for their residents and provide affordable housing.
Affordable housing is a problem for most Long Islanders:
Young people cannot find a decent rental apartment so they are living with their parents or in basements.
Seniors can’t afford to live in their homes due to the high property taxes. They want to stay on Long Island where their friends and families live, yet they cannot find an affordable condo or rental unit.
Working class families are struggling to find housing. There are families who make $60,000 who are homeless due to the high cost of living. In order to purchase a home on Long Island, a family income must exceed $100,000.
Affordable housing is being vetoed by Town Supervisors and community members:
One Long Island Town Supervisor said, “We don’t need affordable housing, we don’t have any of those people who need it.”
Towns control zoning. Throughout Long Island, town supervisors and council people are scared to propose and support affordable housing. This is why we created YIMBY.
YIMBY organizes people within the community to support affordable housing. We educate people and organizations to contact their town officials and to show them that there is a real constituency in their communities that support affordable housing. We say YIMBY. Yes In My Backyard. Join Us.
YIMBY is a project of the Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC). LIPC, founded in 1979, is the local affiliate of Citizen Action of New York, dedicated to promoting sustainable development, revitalizing local communities, creating effective democracy, enhancing human dignity, and achieving economic, racial and social justice.
Organizations that Endorsed YIMBY
AARP New York