Housing and Homeless Services
Family Service League’s housing programs are focused on providing housing and supportive services to chronically homeless individuals and families. Homelessness is often the result of a disability, mental illness, or substance abuse, and it can be a daunting task to overcome the effects of these crippling conditions while attempting to become self-sufficient. FSL understands and empathizes with the plight of the homeless on Long Island. We provide supportive housing/rental assistance and emergency financial support services through our CAIR program (link to CAIR program description).
Many Long Islanders are living through difficult and stressful times. Unemployment, economic problems, illness, emotional and psychological distress are all contributing factors to the homeless epidemic. To ensure that everyone has access to this basic life requirement, FSL has created a range of programs addressing many causes of homelessness.
FSL housing and homeless services include:
Family Homeless Shelter
The Family Homeless Shelter provides emergency housing services to homeless families placed through Suffolk County Department of Social Services. The program’s purpose is to provide homeless families with a safe environment and the supports necessary in order to secure permanent housing.
Program Coordinator (631) 509-4772
Division Director (631) 470-6929
Family Shelter - Emergency Housing
Family Shelter provides emergency housing services to homeless families placed through the Suffolk County Department of Social Services. The program accommodates homeless families with a safe environment and the support needed to secure permanent housing.
Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing
Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing provides one-time financial assistance to homeless individuals and at-risk homeowners in the Township of Islip. Eligible households can receive assistance with rent arrears, security deposits, and first month’s rent.
HomeShare LI links older homeowners who require assistance to remain independent in their own homes with aid from capable adults seeking a low cost rental. Some homeowners require assistance with chores, in exchange for low or no rental charge. HomeShare LI offers companionship, safety, and security, and provides homeowners with needed assistance and/or income while providing home-seekers with low cost housing.
HomeShare LI is open to Suffolk County homeowners who are 60 or older with an extra bedroom. Home-sharers are 18 years or older.
A one time fee of $200 is broken down as follows: Each applicant pays $100 upon completion of personal interview and an additional $100 when appropriate match is made.
Contact: Doreen Davidson, Program Coordinator (631) 470-6939
Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI)
Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI) provides homeless individuals in the Huntington area a safe, warm place to spend the night during the winter months.
Program Home addresses the urgent needs of the formerly homeless, as well as the currently homeless families who have been placed in emergency shelter facilities by the Suffolk County Department of Social Services.
Suffolk Hope aims to reduce homelessness in our communities by providing economically supported, permanent housing to Suffolk County residents who are currently homeless.
The Linkage Center and Extension
The Linkage Center and Extension offers overnight accommodations, crisis intervention and basic-needs assistance to individuals who are without current housing, and who have been referred by the Department of Social Services.
(631) 427-3700, x4765