Meeting Community Needs


Over the years, HWCLI has run various programs that directly meet the pressing needs of clients. Typically, these programs have addressed a unique, unmet need, have been a part of a larger statewide effort that HWCLI represented locally and has been in partnership with other community based agencies. Always, the interaction with communities has informed HWCLI’s advocacy, policy and coalition building efforts.

What are HWCLI’s current community based programs and what has been our impact in communities?

• Nutritional Security
Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) to enroll Nassau and Suffolk residents in SNAP
Long Island Anti-Hunger (LIAH) Initiative to pilot innovative community based outreach for SNAP
We enroll about 4,130 individuals into SNAP annually

Clients tell us...

  • “I can eat not fearing it will increase my debt.”
  • “I wouldn’t be able to eat without SNAP.”
  • “I now can pay bills with money that I used to have to spend on food.”
• Access to Healthcare
Enrollment into the New York State Health Insurance Marketplace
Assistance navigating access to healthcare for the newly insured and uninsured through Community Health Advocacy (CHA) Program
We enroll about 1,294 clients into the NYS Health Insurance Marketplace annually

Clients tell us...

  • “…is that I have access to preventative care. I can go to the doctor to prevent viruses and illnesses.”
  • “I feel like I have a new lease on life. I feel good…It’s the simple things, like not being worried.”
  • “I feel more secure going to the doctor for anything I may need. I’m entering in an age in which I need to take care of myself.”
• Superstorm Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Grants
By the time the roundtable closes, we will have distributed $10 million in grants to assist Sandy Survivors in meeting recovery

Clients tell us...

  • “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the generosity extended to me by the Donors of the Unmet Needs Roundtable. The gift of three months rental assistance will allow me to remain in a safe environment while I continue the New York Rising process for replacement of my mobile home. Without this gift, I would be homeless. A thousand thank you’s could not adequately capture my sincere gratefulness. God Bless you all for the work you are doing to assist myself and countless other Sandy Survivors.”
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