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Letter: Rooming houses for Long Island?

A realty sign hangs in front of a

A realty sign hangs in front of a home for sale in Orlando, Fla. on March 7, 2014. Credit: AP

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.

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