Ronkonkoma based nonprofit Options for Community Living, Inc. was awarded a $7,500 grant from Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Funding supports Options’ scattered-site supportive housing program for formerly homeless individuals and families with disabilities and those living with HIV/AIDS.
“This award couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Yolanda Robano-Gross, Options Executive Director. “As all Long Islanders struggle with the COVID-19 Pandemic, our residents have been greatly impacted. Our staff is a real lifeline for those with compromised immune systems, dropping off donated meals and food, and providing support to help them stay safe and get through this crisis.”
Supportive housing provides a long-term solution to homelessness for vulnerable people. Last year, Options’ supportive housing program for formerly homeless people with disabilities and those with HIV/AIDS provided housing to more than 200 Long Islanders. Bethpage Federal Credit Union grant funds will be used to support expenses including home maintenance and services which are critical to program management, tenant stability, and housing safety.
“We are proud of our partnership with Options for Community Living, Inc. and glad that we could support their increased housing and maintenance needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Linda Armyn, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bethpage. Bethpage Federal Credit Union is focused on enriching the lives of community members through charitable giving programs and volunteerism, as well as by providing low cost financial products and educational services.