Rally for Rentals: Push for family friendly, affordable rentals in Melville

About 20 housing advocates gathered Tuesday in front of Huntington Town Hall, demanding that the town board settle a decadelong dispute and allow the creation of affordable, multi-bedroom rental units in Melville.

The town board is slated to vote next Tuesday on a settlement at its meeting. The outcome of the vote could end a lawsuit brought by the NAACP and Fair Housing in Huntington Committee, which first accused the town of housing discrimination in 2002.

The suit challenges a proposed affordable housing development in Melville, saying it discriminates against families and minorities. Fair Housing has since dropped out of the suit.

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