United Way Long Island to Manage NY Poverty Grant
As part of Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, the United Way of Long Island will be managing a $1.5 Million grant to help Hempstead Village.
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The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has recommended the United Way manage a $1.5 million poverty grant given to Hempstead Village.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative awarded the village the grant last year to reduce the number of homes in poverty.
Assembly Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) asked last month that the funds be withheld until a review was completed for what agency would manage the grant. Hooper wrote in a letter to the OTDA, which manages statewide low-income programs, that the money be withheld “until the vetting and approval process was completed.”
Hooper argued that the funds should not be handled by the United Way of Long Island and instead lobbied that the money be managed by the Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County.
The OTDA released a statement late Thursday that the poverty grant should be managed by The United Way, which the agency noted had been used by other communities to coordinate poverty grants.
Written by: Bill Dean