LIRR responds to scathing audit of MTA's homeless outreach program

The Long Island Rail Road responded to a state audit that is highly critical of the MTA's homeless outreach program, saying it is making steps to improve.

News 12 Staff

Jul 23, 2019, 9:22 PM

Updated 1,789 days ago

Share:

The Long Island Rail Road responded to a state audit that is highly critical of the MTA's homeless outreach program, saying it is making steps to improve.
The LIRR says it contracts with a company called Services for the Underserved (SUS) to provide outreach to those in need at local train stations. But in a scathing report in January, the state comptroller found SUS was not doing its job.
State officials say in some cases, SUS workers were spending less and less time at train stations helping the homeless, and in some cases they were never even getting out of their car.
In a recently released response to the audit, railroad officials say they have taken steps to improve the performance of SUS by increasing oversight and added efforts to reach out to the homeless at the various stations.
The LIRR responded to all of the comptroller's recommendations, and says it is already complying with the comptroller's recommendations in some instances. For others, officials say they are implementing the changes.
"We have been working with the MTA for the last four years and throughout that time we have assisted hundreds of homeless people at or near stations on Long Island," says Trish Marsik, COO of SUS. "We have offerred them connections to housing and medical care. We have also addressed their physical needs including food and clothing. We remain committed to providing high quality services and we will continue working with the MTA to satisfy the provisions of our contract"
At the Babylon train station, Joseph says he is not the only homeless veteran who takes shelter there. He says he feels like society has forgotten about him.
"There's a bunch of us, nobody really cares," says Joseph.
The comptroller's office says it is likely a follow-up audit will be done to see if the recommendations were implemented.


More from News 12
0:59
Early voting begins on Long Island for Democratic primary elections

Early voting begins on Long Island for Democratic primary elections

1:45
Mostly sunny weekend weather and low humidity on Long Island

Mostly sunny weekend weather and low humidity on Long Island

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

0:27
Police: Owner of Huntington restaurant, 2 security guards arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check

Police: Owner of Huntington restaurant, 2 security guards arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check

2:07
New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

2:04
Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

Is your dad awesome? Long Island tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Long Island tell us why your dad rocks!

2:15
Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

2:15
Oakdale residents call for Islip officials to hold owners of former Dowling College more accountable

Oakdale residents call for Islip officials to hold owners of former Dowling College more accountable

2:07
Study: Food insecurity becomes growing problem for Long Islanders

Study: Food insecurity becomes growing problem for Long Islanders

0:41
Mastic Beach street renamed for teen who was killed 3 years ago

Mastic Beach street renamed for teen who was killed 3 years ago

1:49
Baldwin residents & businesses call on Liberty to reimburse them after water main break

Baldwin residents & businesses call on Liberty to reimburse them after water main break

0:27
Police: Man accused of exposing himself outside Westbury church

Police: Man accused of exposing himself outside Westbury church

2:37
Police: 16-year-old shot in Long Beach following chaotic night with massive crowds

Police: 16-year-old shot in Long Beach following chaotic night with massive crowds

2:08
69th annual Strawberry Festival in Mattituck underway

69th annual Strawberry Festival in Mattituck underway

1:59
Food Truck Friday: No Good Burger

Food Truck Friday: No Good Burger

0:50
'I'm just so thankful': American Heart Association honors 13-year-old survivor from Franklin Square

'I'm just so thankful': American Heart Association honors 13-year-old survivor from Franklin Square

1:34
Find out the best dining trends and dining deals in New York

Find out the best dining trends and dining deals in New York

2:32
Northport-based Arcy Drive band joins News 12 in studio

Northport-based Arcy Drive band joins News 12 in studio

1:46
Woman warns public about Facebook scam involving fake Taylor Swift tickets

Woman warns public about Facebook scam involving fake Taylor Swift tickets