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Letter: Elderly residents also need housing

When Lee Koppleman, 93, who drew up Suffolk's

When Lee Koppleman, 93, who drew up Suffolk's first comprehensive master plan in 1970, showed up at a public hearing in Hauppauge on Monday, July 20, 2015, to endorse the county's first new plan in 45 years, County Executive Steve Bellone, right, took the opportunity to present Koppleman with the Suffolk Medal for Distinguished Service. Photo Credit: Suffolk County Executive's Offic / Pam Robinson

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.

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