In "Framework for future" [News, Aug. 13], Lee Koppelman, Suffolk's first planning director, points to the lack of affordable housing as a failure. Koppelman should have added that we also have done nothing to enable the rapidly growing number of dependent elderly residents to remain in their homes as long as possible with affordable home-care supports, affordable day care or assisted living facilities. Rather, we leave tens of thousands of middle-class families to the stressful task of caring for the aged until publicly funded Medicaid nursing homes are their only resort.
We need to make the American dream of home ownership real for our elderly as well as our young.
Paul Arfin, Hauppauge
Editor's note: The writer is chairman of the Long Island Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, a membership organization.