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Members of the Caribbean community worry about the increasing susceptibility of young people in East Flatbush to gangs. (Photo by Tom Giebel, Flickr Creative Commons License)

West Indian Youth Join Gangs to Fill Void at Home

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Crime, Social Services April 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

Carib News finds community members worried that Caribbean youth have started turning to gangs as a result of a lack of attention and comfort at home, where working parents do not always have the time or resources to provide the care their kids need.

Greenpoint (Photo by Sheryl Yvette via Flickr, Creative Commons License

Greenpoint Leads in Public Drinking Complaints

Brooklyn, In the News, Social Services February 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Greenpoint residents and business owners react to news that their neighborhood has logged the highest number of complaints in the city against public drinking, reports Brooklyn Ink.

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Islip Residents Organize Against Pool Closures

Long Island, Social Services February 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Town of Islip officials are considering additional service cuts on top of the already announced closings of the public pools at Roberto Clemente and Casamento Parks, charged Renee Ortiz, a community leader who has been fighting the closings, reports La Tribuna Hispana.

Undocumented immigrants in Staten Island protest a lack of assistance in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Second from right, holding the sign, is Maria Raquel. (Photo from Make the Road NY/City Limits)

Undocumented Immigrants Have Nowhere to Turn for Sandy Help

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the challenges faced by undocumented immigrants have accumulated with lost jobs, lost housing, denial of help, and for some, an increased fear of being exposed, reports City Limitsfrom Staten Island.

(Photo by Ariel Jankelowitz, via The Jewish Daily Forward).

Orthodox Jewish Groups Exploit Government-Funded Library Program

Brooklyn, Religion, Social Services February 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

The federally-backed library subsidy program E-Rate has committed $1.4 million to ultra-Orthodox religious institutions in Brooklyn that don’t actually qualify as libraries, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

Tequia Green answers the questions of one of the volunteers who participated in the annual yearly count of the homeless, on January 28, 2013.

City Surveys Homeless New Yorkers

Brooklyn, Demographics, Social Services February 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Brooklyn Ink reports that the city conducted its annual survey of the homeless population with the help of volunteers. One of those volunteers, Tequia Green, brought personal experience to the project, having lived on the streets of Brooklyn herself.

Three Months On, Still Struggling After Sandy

Three Months On, Still Struggling After Sandy

Business, Environment, Featured Posts, Housing, Social Services February 4, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Residents and businesses in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island continue to rebuild their livelihoods three months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of it. The community and ethnic press looks at neighborhoods and groups still struggling to recover.

Sean Bell Community Center Facebook photo via the Amsterdam News

Cash-Strapped Sean Bell Community Center on Verge of Closure

Queens, Social Services January 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Two years after it first opened in south Jamaica, Queens, the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center is on the verge of closure due to lack of funds. The Center was opened in the memory of Queens native Sean Bell, who was killed in a police shootout in November 2006.

Different Groups, Same Grievances

Different Groups, Same Grievances

Education, Immigration, Latino, Social Services, South Asian January 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Latino and Asian immigrants met with local officials at a forum in Jackson Heights, Queens, to voice collective concerns on working conditions, education, health and public spaces, reported Queens Latino.

Men recovering belongings from flooded home in Staten Island after Sandy. (Photo by Saundi Wilson, via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

City to Assess Families ‘Living in the Shadows’

The City of New York has launched a program that will take inventory of the short and long-term needs of undocumented immigrants impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Commissioner Fatima Shama of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs announced.

The Fall of Long Island’s Workplace Project

The Fall of Long Island’s Workplace Project

Immigration, Labor, Latino, Long Island, Social Services January 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm

The year 2012 will be remembered by the Hispanic community of Long Island for the fall of one of its best-known organizations, The Workplace Project/Centro de Derechos Laborales, La Tribuna Hispana reports.

(Photo by Daniella Caterina via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Mold in Public Housing Puts Tenants at Risk

Environment, Health, Latino, Social Services December 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Several public housing residents are denouncing the inability of the New York City Housing Authority to solve a widespread mold problem, which is seriously endangering the health of residents and their family members who suffer from asthma.

Moisés Pérez (l.), ex-CEO of Alianza Dominicana, in a City Hall event with Rep. Charles Rangel (r.) (Photo by Azi Paybarah via Flickr, Creative Commons License).

Alianza Dominicana: The Fall of an Iconic Institution

Immigration, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, Social Services December 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Founded in 1985, Alianza Dominicana was a leading Dominican organization, but now its six-story glass building, one of the fanciest in Washington Heights, is empty. An extensive report by The Uptowner’s Alvaro Guzmán Bastida sheds light into the organization’s demise.

Interfaith president and CEO Luis A. Hernandez said the hospital, "was a victim of New York state’s drastic Medicaid reductions in 2010." (Photo by David Kene/Amsterdam News)

Interfaith Hospital Files for Chapter 11

Brooklyn, Health, Social Services December 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Amsterdam News reports that with 65 percent of Interfaith’s patients relying on Medicaid or related care, funding has been hard to come by after Albany slashed Medicaid funding in 2010. Its options may be limited now to going bankrupt or merging with other hospitals.

Immigrants have been struggling in the aftermath of Sandy, living in cold, damp homes with mold and other health challenges and unable to get FEMA help. (Photo by Saundi Wilson via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Immigrants Face Bigger Hurdles in Sandy Recovery

Communities, Environment, Featured Posts, Health, Social Services December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Language and cultural barriers in immigrant communities are complicating efforts by nonprofit and government relief workers to provide assistance, raising the prospect of serious health and financial consequences for this already-vulnerable population.