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Urban League Long Island assistance programs.

The priorities of the Urban League on Long Island is to help homeowners and tenants avoid homelessness, and also assist clients with obtaining employment or enhancing their education. The non-profit is a HUD certified agency, and they also partner with many other local agencies and even employers on coordinating employment services too. In general, housing is the cornerstone of Urban League programs both locally and nationally.

Many of the services are provided due to grants and donations, such as the Emergency Solutions Grant and Housing with Opportunities. When resources allow, the Long Island organization operates the following housing-related programs and services.

There is help for tenants, including Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing. These resources work to prevent evictions and foreclosures for individuals and families who are at risk of homelessness. Those who need a home or apartment to live in will be quickly provided with housing and support services to help them stabilize their circumstances.

Free Foreclosure and Mortgage Delinquency Counseling is available to households faced with the possibility of losing their primary residence resulting from mortgage delinquency or unpaid loans. This can occur for a variety of reasons, including job layoff, illness, reduction in pay, death of an income provider, care of family members, and so on.

By providing education and advocacy, the Urban League of Long Island counseling programs offer clients the opportunity to bring their mortgage payments current and potentially save their homes. There is also information on state and federal home loan modification programs.

Family Development Advocates from Urban League of Long Island provide information and referrals to emergency services that assist with the payment of rent and/or utility bills. There may be referrals to aid for prescription medications; and access to documents such as birth certificates. Services in the Nassau County and nearby regions are provided on an as needed basis, depending on circumstances.

The FEP - Financial Empowerment Program provides support and advice to families in Nassau and nearby counties. Staff from the Long Island League coordinate financial literacy and education management that can deal with the cause of the crisis.




The education service has been in operation for a number of years. The goal for this service is to provide a full range of resources to ensure that the unemployed, youth, and under-employed in the Long Island New York area are prepared to enter the world and make a contribution. Some of our services include tutoring, parental involvement programs, nutritional awareness, and transportation to and from classes.

For an adult who lacks a high school diploma, earning a General Educational Development (GED) certificate creates greater access to job opportunities and higher education, as well as the increased income that comes with that. The Urban League of Long Island GED program offers free individualized tutoring, plus assistance with the cost of taking the exam.

Both the under and unemployed can receive employment counseling. There are a number of referral services that have been integral parts of the non-profit throughout the organization’s history. Funded by the United Way and government grants, the program provides assistance with completing job applications and preparing resumes, job recruitment, career exploration, screening, counseling, and advice from mock interviews.

One resource focused on the youth in Nassau and Suffolk County is the Vocational Exploration Programs. Specialists and volunteers partner with youth on job training, development, and academic/career exploration programs. They offer career guidance and other ongoing support.

The non-profit’s Job and Career Centers assist clients in a number of ways as well. They administer an array of employment programs and activities to link job-seekers with employers, even including non-profits in the region. The agency will provide direct links to local resources that help adults and youth find employment.




At the regional job centers, employment specialists guide job-seekers of all ages through the process of accessing training, creating employment action plans and exploring educational options. The non-profit also present employment workshops to supplement the other training and educational programming, including English as a Second Language courses, short-term entry level courses, on-the-job training, certificate programs (GED and others), and much more.

Other help is offered at the job centers. They include the free use of computers, printers, and fax machines; information on careers and high-demand occupations, and access to electronic job listings.

Project HOPE is for senior citizens on the Island. It is an Urban League program that coordinates outreach and referrals, with the goal to link clients to social services and entitlements available to meet their needs. Help Our Poor Elderly (HOPE) information on food subsidies, low interest loans for housing needs, nutritional resources, employment, health / health insurance programs, home heating bill assistance (HEAP), and much more.

For more details on any of these solutions, the Urban League of Long Island is based at 50 Clinton Street Suite 204 in Hempstead, New York 11550. The phone number is (516)-570-6645.



By Jon McNamara


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