The programs and resources from Family Service League are extensive. The non-profit agency offers assistance to families across Suffolk County Long Island and New York. Services range from housing and assistance for the homeless and poor to resources for senior citizens. Staff work with clients to offer what they can to those that need help.
Housing assistance is a focus. The main department, known as Housing and Homeless Services, helps those residents that are faced with chronic homelessness and repeated evictions. Case managers will help them regain self-sufficiency, move into a new home or apartment, and in general return to the community. The center will tackle the underlying cause of homelessness too. Whether it is unemployment, emotional or social deficits, economic problems, illness, or mental health issues, receive help in overcoming the crisis.
Shelter or emergency housing is available in the form of drop-in center. Many people are referred by the Suffolk County Department of Social Services to the League’s shelter.
Long Island HomeShare will refer older homeowners or seniors who require physical or financial assistance to those that need help paying their rent. It will allow the older individual to remain independent in their own homes with younger employed adults or maybe even students who cannot afford current market rental fees.
For example, some older homeowners require assistance with activities such as chores or transportation. They will be matched with those seeing housing in exchange for low or no rental charge. Family Service League provides screening, and HomeShare will provide homeowners with needed assistance or additional income while providing home-seekers with affordable housing.
Rent, utility bill assistance, and other services are part of the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program. The goal is to prevent or reduce the occurrence of homelessness. The program, known as HPRP for short, can provide financial assistance to single adults or families who are either homeless or at facing eviction. Some aid may be available from Family Service League for paying rent and utility arrears. Or support can include free legal services, landlord tenant negotiation, housing relocation assistance, ongoing case management and referral to additional non-profit community based supports. Applicants need to have applied for and used up all other funding options prior to accessing Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program.
A partner is the Huntington Interfaith Housing Initiative (HIHI). It provides a warm, safe place to spend the night for homeless individuals who have been living outdoors in the Huntington New York area. Dozens of churches and local congregations provide clothing, housing, a hot dinner, free breakfast and bag lunch to guests during the winter months.
The Department of Social Services is involved in administering Program Home. It helps with the needs of homeless families who have been placed into short term emergency shelter facilities.
Some of what is provided by Program Home includes free housing relocation services in Suffolk County. Specific examples are assistance with completing DSS paperwork required for relocation, transportation assistance to view potential housing, advocacy with prospective brokers, assistance in securing donated furniture and household items, and ongoing case management.
Supported Housing from Family Service League works to reduce homelessness and evictions in the community. The non-profit may be able to provide permanent, supported housing to Suffolk County individuals. Tenants and residents of Long Island receive housing and support services to enable them to live more independently in the community.
TLC - The Linkage Center has overnight accommodations, basic needs, and crisis intervention assistance to individuals who have been referred by the Department of Social Services or are without current housing. Some of the basic needs include clean linens, beds, showers, and free light meals are available. Guests will also go through intake, receive assessment, referral and crisis intervention. In some cases there may even be transportation from the offices of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services.
Family Service League Thrift Shop was started up in partnership with several charities, churches, and non-profits on Long Island. It provides people from the community, regardless of their income, with access to good quality, low-cost clothing. The items are for women, men, children and teens. The thrift store may also sell household items, toys, books, Christmas items, and small furnishings.
Counseling for crisis resolution, addictions, and mental illness is provided by the Diane Goldberg Behavioral Health Services. In fact, the non-profit is one of Long Island’s primary providers of counseling services, and assistance is available regardless of the clients income.
While a number of conditions can be met, some examples are as follows. Adult Case Management, Assertive Community Treatment, Children and Parents Together (CAPT), General Mental Health Clinics, Community Health Care Collaborative, Parent-To-Parent, Keeping Kids Emotionally Well for Life (K-KEWL), and Stepping Stones.
Case management is covered by Family Service League. The goal is to improve the quality of life for families and individuals and help them in an emergency. Programs range from debt counseling, preschool education to childhood healthcare programs. Additional examples are Alternatives For Youth, Aftercare Service, Active Military Assistance Program, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) applications, and Preschool Learning Centers. Not only that, but a number of referrals and information on government benefits are disbursed to the needy.
Senior Services from Family Service League addresses the special needs of the elderly, senior citizens and their caregivers in Suffolk County. Examples of resources are low income housing, guidance on accessing senior-related resources, care of dependent grandchildren and much more. FSL's programs target these diverse set of needs.
The non-profit will also provide advocacy for seniors and vital support. Lives of people from the area are enhanced through opportunities provided to develop computer and Internet skills. Other assistance may be Nursing Home Transition and Diversion, CareGivers Support, Money Follow the Person, and the SeniorNet Learning Center.
Employment training and job placement from the Vocational Services is assistance for individuals who are chronically unemployed and/or those whose lives have been disrupted by mental illness. As has been learned in the past, chronic underemployment and unemployment are often at the root of individual and family difficulties. So Family Service League (FSL) and the vocational programs are targeted at improving job skills and providing placement. The programs are Flexible Employment Program, Kornreich Adult Language Center, WorkPlus and the Adult Computer Literacy Center.
Youth Services is educational, recreational, and counseling opportunities for at-risk youth in Suffolk County. Case managers and social workers provide counseling, professional guidance resources and positive, character-building recreational activities. FSL programs are Youth and Family Advocacy for East End Youth, Autism Respite Program, Universal Pre-K and Pre-school Learning Centers, and Keeping Kids Emotionally Well for Life.
The Family Service League works with other non-profit and government agencies on Long Island. So they can offer a wide variety of programs and referrals. The main center is at 790 Park Avenue, Huntington, New York 11743. Call (631) 427-3700.
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