Economic Development and Workforce Housing

Contact Us

Theresa Ward
Deputy County Executive and Commissioner, Economic Development and Planning

H. Lee Dennison Building
11th Floor, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, New York  11788


Phone: 631-853-4800

Fax: 631-853-4767


General Information

From time to time, we will post information that we think can be helpful in providing background information on workforce housing efforts here and around the country. If you have any questions or suggestions please let us know.

General Information On Housing:

This Fannie Mae Foundation sponsored website has current news and a wealth of background information for housing professionals and others interested in housing and community development issues.

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University analyzes and reports on economic trends and a broad range of other issues in the housing industry.

Housing Advocacy Information:

The Campaign for Next Generation Housing was started by people in business and labor who understand that many Long Islanders cannot afford to live on Long Island. People whose kids have moved away; people who see that businesses are struggling to find the workers they need; people who love Long Island and want to stay here and want their kids to stay here.

The Campaign for Affordable Housing is a national, nonpolitical nonprofit organization dedicated to dispelling the negative stereotypes surrounding affordable housing. Their website contains suggestions for how individuals may get involved in promoting workforce housing and free of charge publications and power point presentations to educate the public on housing issues.

Long Island has nearly the lowest ratio of rental apartments of any major metropolitan area. As the cost of housing has skyrocketed, employers are struggling to fill positions, and the critical lack of affordable rentals is affecting families, individuals and businesses. The Long Island Campaign for Affordable Rental Housing is dedicated to promoting rental housing for persons of all races and backgrounds through the development of new structures and the rehabilitation and revitalization of existing properties and communities.

Design Information:

The City Design Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago has compiled an excellent Internet catalog of affordable housing communities throughout the country to recognize and learn from the dedicated work of outstanding practitioners.

The Affordable Housing Design Advisors is a website completed under contract to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that provides affordable housing tools, a gallery of exemplary projects and a design checklist.

Suffolk County Information:

The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Workforce Housing produced a power point presentation to provide an overview of workforce housing- who it serves, what it looks like and the impacts on local communities.

Click here for the presentation.