The United Way of Long Island has received a $1 million grant from the American Red Cross, which will now be divided among three groups to aid Hispanics in the region devastated by superstorm Sandy.
“The reality is that 10 months after Sandy there are now two Long Islands, noted Former NY senator and current Red Cross board member Michael Balboni. “One is an island that basically didn’t have much of an impact and is recovering and moving on. Then there is the side that is in desperate need of help.”
The United Way will use the funds to set up six case managers to work with the Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre, Adelante of Suffolk County and La Fuerza Unida Inc. for the next year and a half in order to provide assistance in obtaining housing permits, financial support for home repairs and other services as needed, particularly to residents who make less than $90,000 per household.
Adelante executive director Miriam Garcia estimates that their share will enable them to help 500 families alone.
“The response of the Red Cross has been terrific, especially in this partnership,” exclaimed United Way president and CEO Theresa Regnante. “Especially to reach out to our folks on Long Island who are bi-lingual and have a barrier and who aren’t in the pipeline for support.”
To date he American Red Cross has received $307 million in donations for Sandy assistance,$260 million of which has already been spend (or committed) on the recovery.
Readers interested in applying for assistance can contact:Hispanic Brotherhood, 59 Clinton Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570 516 766-6610; Adelante of Suffolk Co., 83 Carleton Ave., Central Islip, NY 11722 631 272-5201; La Fuerza Unida Inc., 34 Muttontown La., E. Norwich, NY 11732 516 922-8100.