You’re young and you want your freedom – instead, you have to live with your parents because of high housing costs.

For decades, many young Long Islanders have been forced to live in their parents’ basements and their childhood bedrooms – that is, if they haven’t left the area for states with lower-cost housing.

But in what might be the first of its kind, a one-day extravaganza called “Need A Place to Live?” will focus on hooking up young adults with landlords who have affordable apartments, real estate agents with entry-level homes for sale and agencies with grants that will make living here better for the pocketbooks.

The free event is being organized by Action Long Island, a nonprofit economic development advocacy group, and scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 at Farmingdale State College. The event will highlight aid and programs geared for young home hunters, but anyone can go.

“We were reaching out, trying to figure out how we can get young adults housing and we discovered there’s already a lot of housing out there that isn’t being taken advantage of, especially right now with this market,” said Lenae McKee, the nonprofit’s development director.

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But the event has a special place in McKee’s heart. She’s 24, living with her in-laws and looking for housing – and she’s not the only one in her office.

“Two of the staffers here on Action Long Island need a place to live – we’re very selfish, I guess you can say,” McKee said with a chuckle. “We’re just as eager to get this going and we need all this information just as much as other people do.

“Young people like me, we can sit around all day long and twiddle our thumbs and say, ‘Ugh, I want to live on Long Island. I want to stay out here.’ But until someone shows us that there are actually places to live out there and things that can be done to help us afford these places, we’re going to be sitting around our whole lives living in our parents’ basements.”

There also will be workshops on down-payment assistance, how to find quality rentals and opportunities for veterans and seniors. A presentation on the future of Long Island’s housing and development has been planned for 12:30 p.m. Groups expected to showcase their opportunities are lenders, builders, nonprofits and government agencies.

McKee said Action Long Island will release more details later, including on what people should bring if they want to start the rental or house-buying process with landlords and agents at the event. For more information, call 631-425-2700.