Once again, we hear of a "crackdown" on illegal housing ["Westbury: Illegal housing crackdown," News, March 27].

While I support a vigorous enforcement of the housing code and an end to illegal housing, there is a severe shortage of clean, safe, affordable housing -- especially for single people. This allows unscrupulous landlords to rent single rooms at highly inflated prices, including, as the article stated, one room to two people with alternate schedules.

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For some reason, rooming houses are nowhere to be found on Long Island. They would be a huge improvement over the system we have now and could spur development and new construction. Why not?

Russell Alexander, Brentwood