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Date: May 29, 2013
Hofstra, DOF Launch “Wait No More”, Kicking Off A Year-Long Housing Effort To Help Long Island’s Disabled
Joint effort by Disability Opportunity Fund and National Center for Suburban Studies seeks solutions
On May 30, 2013, Hofstra University and The Disability Opportunity Fund (Albertson, N.Y.) will launch Wait No More: LI, a year-long initiative to address the need for housing solutions for thousands of Long Islanders with disabilities and their families. Between May 30 and June 22, 2013, Wait No More: LI, under the auspices of the National Center for Suburban Studies (NCSS) at Hofstra University and the university’s Master of Public Health program, will collect data via Island-wide surveys, questionnaires and meetings from Long Islanders with disabilities and their families, giving them the opportunity to express their needs for various housing options.
Wait No More: LI will begin a Year of Community Living on June 22, 2013, which will culminate in a report to be issued during Disability Awareness Month (October 2013) and a conference on June 22, 2014, commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the landmark United States Supreme Court Olmstead decision. Wait No More: LI will bring pragmatic solutions to a major civil rights issue here on Long Island – how to provide basic needs to thousands of citizens who need a safe and affordable place to live.
Professor Corinne Kyriacou of Hofstra’s School of Health Sciences and Human Services explained, “The lack of sustainable housing options for people living with disabilities on Long Island is a public health crisis. Clarifying the magnitude of need and identifying specific needs and preferences will spark creative collaborations among policymakers, providers, developers and funders to find a range of affordable, accessible, preferable and sustainable housing options for this underserved, at-risk population.”
“The NCSS is proud to be part of creating a new paradigm for housing the disabled and relieving their families of the tremendous burden of waiting and wondering where their sibling, child or parent will receive safe affordable care. It's important to know their true needs and whether the waiting lists are even remotely accurate. That's what we're going to try to determine,” said Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.
Charles D. Hammerman, DOF’s president and CEO, stated, “As a leader in developing innovative housing solutions for people with disabilities and their families, the DOF is excited to work with Dean Levy and Dr. Kyriacou in developing a "first-ever" study on the needs of our fellow Long Islanders.”
People with disabilities and their families may find more information about Wait No More: LI at www.thedof.org.
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
The Disability Opportunity Fund is a community development financial institution (CDFI), launched in April 2007, located in Albertson, New York and operating nationally. We are tax exempt organization dedicated to providing housing opportunities for and advancing the needs of people with disabilities and their families.