Options for Community Living, Inc. (Options) has received a $19,000 grant award from Newsday Charities. The grant will support home maintenance and housing related services for formerly homeless individuals and families on Long Island.
“This generous award couldn’t come at a better time,” said Yolanda Robano-Gross, Options Executive Director. “We anticipate an even greater need for services as individuals and families face the long-term financial effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Families that were struggling to make ends meet prior to the health crisis now find themselves unable to afford the most basic needs. Supportive housing ensures that these families get the help they need and have a roof over their heads.”
The program receiving this vital award from Newsday Charities provides supportive housing for homeless adults and families with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Last year, Options 69-unit scattered site program provided safe affordable housing for 51 single adults and 44 families, many with young children. The program boasts good housing retention rates and tenant satisfaction.
“Options has had an amazing impact on my family,” exclaimed one resident. “My children have good lives. The staff is supportive and respectful of our desire to provide a stable, normal life for our family. The value they provide cannot be overstated.”
Newsday Charities is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged Long Islanders. Through their work with nonprofit organizations, they help provide vital programs in the areas of hunger, housing, youth education and child abuse prevention/treatment.
“Newsday Charities responds directly to community need and we couldn’t be more grateful,” said Robano-Gross.