Advocates encourage Long Island’s homeless to seek shelter in freezing temperatures

The cold, wintry weather across the island has many people concerned about Long Island’s homeless population. With freezing temperatures expected Monday night into Tuesday, advocates

Advocates from the Lighthouse Mission have been out warning the homeless to seek shelter immediately.

Advocates from the Lighthouse Mission have been out warning the homeless to seek shelter immediately. (1/6/14)

WOODBURY - There is concern for Long Island’s homeless population as temperatures plummet.

Temperatures will fall to around 10 degrees by Tuesday morning.

Advocates from the Lighthouse Mission have been out warning the homeless to seek shelter immediately.

“If [the homeless] don’t have the proper clothing, if they don’t have the proper sleeping bags, they will freeze to death,” said Pastor Jim Ryan.

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Long Island Emergency Shelters

Nassau County
Warm Beds:
1-866-WARMBED

Suffolk County:
Department of Social Services Emergency Services Unit 631-854-9100

Suffolk County Shelters and Heating

If you are without shelter during these periods of extreme cold, please contact the Temporary Housing Assistance Unit at 631-854 9517 from Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. After 4:30 p.m., weekends, and holidays please call the Emergency Services Unit at 631-854-9100.

Sheltering assistance is also available at following Service Centers from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.:

• 2 South 2nd Street, Deer Park 11729
• 80 Middle Country Road, Coram 11727
• 200 Wireless Blvd, Hauppauge 11788
• 893 East Main Street, Riverhead 11901

If you're out of home heating fuel or in need of an emergency burner repair you can call Suffolk County Department of Social Services Home Energy Assistance Program, at 631-853-8820, between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. After 4:30 p.m., weekends, and holidays please call the Suffolk County Department of Social Services Emergency Services Unit at 631-854-9100.

Home Energy/Fuel assistance is also available at following Service Centers from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.:

• 2 South 2nd Street, Deer Park 11729
• 200 Wireless Blvd, Hauppauge 11788
• 893 East Main Street, Riverhead 11901

Residential Rental Heating Requirements:
Every dwelling in Suffolk County is required to have heating facilities that are properly installed and maintained in working order.

During the months between October 1 and May 31, the minimum temperature to be provided must be 68 degrees Fahrenheit whenever the outdoor temperature falls below 55 degrees.

 

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