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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!

9/29- LIVOAD Meeting

The Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LIVOAD) is holding their next meeting on Thursday, September 29 at the United Way in Deer Park. Join us as we will be discussing the creation of the LIVOAD’s virtual platform and meet the new LIVOAD coordinator, Jacqueline Ratner! Attendees will also be treated to a tour of BeReadyLI, a collaboration between PSEG and 2-1-1. Registration and coffee begins at 8:30 am and the meeting starts promptly at 9 am.

In addition:

Please review the LIVOAD Memorandum of Understanding fort the signature by your Executive Director. You may scan, e-mail or bring the signed MOU on September 29th.

To RSVP for this meeting, click here.

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at United Way

819 Grand Blvd, Deer Park, NY 11729

Efforts generously sponsored by:



Suffolk Opens Youth Shelter to Meet Increasing Need

The Hope for Youth family services organization opened an emergency youth shelter on Tuesday morning in Suffolk County to help address the growing number of runaway and homeless children on Long Island.  According to the state’s Office of Children and Family Services, there are over 2,400 runaway and homeless children on Long Island, with most of them from Suffolk. For the past 2 years, the only shelter serving all of Long Island’s homeless children has been a 12-bed shelter called Nassau Haven.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was on hand to cut the ribbon and offered these words.


“This first shelter is important… it is going to help kids in crisis, young people who are the responsibility of us all, to stabilize and hopefully deal with the issues that led them out of there homes in the first place… This home represents our effort as a community to say, ‘We take responsibility for our young people and we’re going to work to address the issues… not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s the smart thing to do.’” Bellone further added, “If you take a look at the home and you go inside, it really is a home. It really feels like a home for these kids.”

Read the full press release here.

Honoring and Thanking our Veterans

Every year on November 11, we recognize and honor America’s veterans for their service and love of country.

Long Islanders in particular have many neighbors to thank: Both Suffolk and Nassau counties are among the top counties in the country with the highest number of Veterans. Based on data released by the VA in 2013, Suffolk County is home to over 79,000 veterans, making it the county with the greatest number of veterans in all of New York State (Nassau has the 4th most veterans).

With such a high concentration of veterans in our region, it’s important to ensure the needs of this population are met. Veterans are not immune to economic, physical health, and mental health hardships, and statistics and trends in national –level data highlight this fact:

Recognizing the importance of serving those who served us, the nonprofit sector across the Island has worked to build Veteran support programs and that includes several of our member organizations. The Association for Mental Health and Wellness offers a plethora of programs for vets, including housing services, case management, education, and a Crisis Respite mental health program, and United Way of Long Island runs the Mission United program, focusing on employment services, education, financial wellbeing, housing, and family support.

So today, we send a huge and heartfelt thank you to all our veterans for their service, to their families for the sacrifices they make and also to our member organizations and partners, who work tirelessly to support and advocate for our veterans who have given so much.