There has been a surge in the number of homeless students attending Long Island schools in recent years, new state data shows. With nearly 5,000 homeless students, Suffolk County has the second highest homeless student enrollment in the state, behind New York City. Nassau Country is close behind with approximately 3,200 homeless students enrolled.

CHI Executive Director Alexander Roberts blamed the lack of affordable housing on Long Island as the main reason for the increase. “These communities simply don’t allow multi-unit housing, which is much more affordable than single-family housing,” he said.

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