Month: October 2016

HWCLI’s #Forthe24 Twitter Chat

On October 13, Newsday published an article titled, “LI’s Shrinking Middle Class”, here is an overview:

According to a recent study, 17.8% or 165,758 Long Island households are making more than $184,657 annually.  This is a 60% increase since 1990.
While this seems like wonderful news, the study also states an increase in the number of Long Island households earning less than $46,165 a year from 179,879 (21% of all households)  in 1990 to 227,914 (24.4% of all households) in 2014. 
What this article re-enforces, is the message we, as a collective having been saying for years. Long Islanders are struggling! It takes almost 2x that amount to survive.
The survival budget standard for a family of 4 is approx.$85,000
Almost 25% of all Long Island households are experiencing significant daily challenges in meeting the basic human needs of our families- housing, food, clothing, transportation, and health care.
Since  the release of this article brought greater visibility to the issue, we were prompted to create a plan of action. A plan of action that continues to bring visibility to the needs of Long Islanders. A plan of action that must include all of Long Island’s elected officials.
Join us in HWCLI’s Twitter Chat on November 4th at 1 PM as we ask ourselves and our elected officials what we can do to support the 24%. 
Simply use the #Forthe24 to join the conversation.


How to join:

  • Log on to Twitter
  • Make sure you are following @HWCLI
  • Use the #Forthe24 along with your tweet

Making a difference starts with a conversation!

10/29- Legal and Financial Planning for Caregivers of People with Dementia

Save the date for a very informative event given by Long Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. This workshop given by George R. Tilschner, Esq. is designed to help caregivers for people with dementia take a hold of their legal and financial planning needs. A few topics that will be covered include: government programs that could help you pay for care, tax deductions and credits and how to find legal and financial assistance. A complimentary lunch will be served to all in attendance!

The event will take place on October 29, 2016 from 11:30 am- 3 pm at the First Baptist Church of Riverhead. Registration is required and space is limited so don’t wait to register for this event!

To register, call: 1-800-272-3900

Or e-mail:

For more information, click here.

11/4- Healthy Aging: Exploring the Continuum of Care

The 7th Annual Conference on Co-Occurring Disorders will take place on November 4, 2016 from 8:15 AM to 4:15 PM at Hofstra University. This conference will address Healthy Aging: Exploring the Continuum of Care. Throughout the day guests will be treated to two keynote speakers, twelve workshops and six continuing education credits.

Keynotes for this conference include: The Creative Age – How the Arts Help Us Live Longer Healthier Lives given by Jennie Smith-Peers who is the Executive Director of National Center for Creative Aging and Enhancing Care And Social Engagement with Music & Memory presented by Robin Lombardo is the Regional Director MUSIC & MEMORY, a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology.

For any questions on this event, please contact Yvonne or 516.489.2322 ext.1257.

The fee for this event is $40, which includes continental breakfast, gourmet lunch and a continuing education certificate. Don’t wait! Register for this event.

This event is sponsored by the Nassau County Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health,  Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County.

Home Energy Assistance Program Opens November 14

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded energy program intended to provide assistance to low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs. Eligible households can receive a one time benefit toward their home heating costs and may also be eligible for an additional emergency benefit. The program will begin accepting applications on November 14, 2016 and end on March 15, 2017, or when funding is exhausted. The HEAP application will be available through beginning November 14, 2016. Applications can also be completed through My Benefits. Eligibility for benefits is based on income, household size, type of heating and composition of household members. Additional benefits may be available to households with children under 6, adults over 60 or a permanently disabled household member.

The HEAP Emergency component will be available beginning January 3, 2017.

Income guidelines, 2016-2017 benefit amounts and Emergency HEAP eligibility guidelines can be found here

Lifting Millions Out of Poverty: SNAP Works

In 2015, 13 million children lived in families that had trouble putting food on the table. According to a report done by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the development, health and well-being of children depend on access to a safe and secure source of food. Poverty and extreme poverty during childhood show especially detrimental outcomes, increasing children’s chances of cognitive and behavioral problems when they reach adulthood.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has helped lift millions out of poverty and deep poverty with the modest benefit of just $1.35 on average per person per meal for households with children. This year SNAP will help about 20 million children, or one-fourth of all U.S. children, receive the nutrition that they need to improve food security, and contribute to better health and academic achievement.

SNAP is the nation’s largest nutrition program providing around $30 billion in nutrition benefits over the course of this year and reaches more at-risk children than any other nutrition or income assistance program. Research shows that SNAP can have significant impacts on children:

  • SNAP kept about 10.3 million people out of poverty in 2012, including about 4.9 million children.  SNAP lifted 2.1 million children out of deep poverty (defined as 50 percent of the poverty line), which is more than any other government assistance program.
  • An adequate, healthy diet during childhood is critical for school success. SNAP participation can lead to improvement in reading and math skills and help with memory and behavior as well. SNAP also helps families during the summer months when children are less likely to have access to the free meal programs they receive during the school year.
  • Mothers exposed to SNAP were less likely to give birth to low-weight babies. Some evidence also suggests that children receiving SNAP are less likely to be in fair or poor health compared to low-income non-participants.

With SNAP’s ability to lift families out of poverty, studies show that half of all families with children leave SNAP within the first year of entering. Food insecurity among children enrolled in SNAP fell by roughly a third after their families received SNAP benefits for six months.

Although the numbers of households struggling with poverty and food insecurity are still high, SNAP has significantly impacted food insecure Americans. The CBPP says, “Efforts to reform or enhance SNAP should build on its effectiveness in protecting the well-being of America’s children, and preserve the essential program features that contribute to that success.”

For more information, read the full report SNAP Works for America from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.