Save the date for the nextLI 2020 Housing Summit

UPDATE: Planning for the 2020 Housing Summit will continue for April 25, but we are closely monitoring developments about the Coronavirus and will let you know if it is being rescheduled.

Last year, nextLI launched a Housing Task Force to bring Long Islanders together in an online forum to talk about the housing challenges in the region. Over the course of several months, the group discussed ways to make housing affordable to everyone, zoning, the different types of housing needed on LI, what goes into planning and more.

The Housing Task Force has brought together housing advocates, non-profit organizations, and individuals of all ages, races and expertise levels who are looking for better housing policies in the area. With their help, nextLI will be hosting a broader discussion at the 2020 Housing Summit in the Village of Patchogue on Saturday, April 25.

The Summit seeks to address Long Island’s housing challenges by empowering residents with the tools they need to become more civically engaged and smarter advocates for change in the region.

The half-day event is set to bring together experts and panelists who will lead workshops on first-time homebuyer resources, civic engagement, how LI stacks up economically against other suburbs and new visions of suburbia.

Opening at the Patchogue Theater, attendees will hear from Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri and get a preview of nextLI’s upcoming research project on innovative ideas for the vacant commercial spaces in our region.

The location of the Summit is no accident. Pontieri, who attended the Housing Task Force’s first meet & greet, offered his community as a hub to host this important conversation. The Summit is being held at five different thriving locations across the village to showcase what the future might look like for Long Island.

Summit attendees will not only get to hear from a list of great speakers, they’ll get to explore the Village of Patchogue in all its glory and get a chance to meet with representatives from Long Island housing organizations.

Save the date on your calendar and continue to visit next.newsday.com for updates. Registration for this event opens on March 20.

Use #RebuildLI to join the conversation on social media and share your housing journey. Tell us about the most difficult part about finding a place to call yours on Long Island.

We’re also accepting applications for an exhibitor table at this year’s Summit. Come meet members of the community and tell them about the work you’re doing to advance housing policies in the region.

Coralie Saint-Louis, nextLI outreach and engagement manager

Updates: Maps, data, essays

Explore our maps

Each month nextLI is releasing new maps that visualize data about Long Island. Check out the new transit map that launched recently.

nextLI data journalist Kai Teoh analyzes the maps each week. The multi-family housing and development map lets users search by hamlet, village, city, or ZIP code and shows you existing or proposed housing developments in the area. According to this data, Long Island has:

  • 1,802 developments already built
  • 155 proposed
  • 51 under construction

Help us build a key part of the map by submitting upcoming village and town meeting dates about proposed developments and other housing events in your area. Email nextLI@newsday.com.

New data posts


Our readers have recently shared mulling the decision to stay on Long Island, the woes of transportation here and more. Share your experiences by emailing nextLI@newsday.com.

Mark your calendars

For the first time on Long Island, a panel of millennial elected officials will participate in an interactive discussion on April 6 at 6:30 p.m. at h2m architects + engineers, 538 Broadhollow Road, Melville. The event will center around what it takes to get involved in Long Island’s decision-making process, taxes and fees, housing and the environment and there will be an interactive Q&A for the audience to ask this group what is on their minds.

Elected Millennials & You is co-hosted by The LiiNCS organization, the Millennial Leadership Coalition, nextLI powered by Newsday and h2m architects + engineers.

The discussion will be moderated by John Schneidawin, steering committee chairman for the Millennial Leadership Coalition.