East End YIMBY (which stands for "Yes in my Back Yard") will be holding a rally in support of affordable housing on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the windmill on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor.
The YIMBY movement seeks to draw attention to the fact that local people cannot find affordable housing in the current housing environment on the East End. Teachers, firefighters, health care workers, tradespeople, farmers, fishermen — the list goes on — are all having a hard time. East End YIMBY wants to show local officials that there is serious community support for work force housing.
One issue the group is promoting is allowing accessory dwellings. This would allow homeowners to convert another structure on their property to a potentially low-cost living option for a local worker. East End YIMBY is also drawing attention, via social media, to affordable housing success stories from other nearby towns.
To keep it light, there will be kids' activities and live music. For the adults, there will be remarks by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Minerva Perez of Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island, along with other local leaders.