We need your help. CHI and the vital work we do is under attack. You may have seen the controversy on local news outlets about CHI’s plans to open the Jericho Family Support Center at a former Hampton Inn in Jericho, Long Island. It will provide emergency housing and services for up to 80 homeless families and result in the termination of Nassau County’s use of three Jericho welfare motels, where families languish without help for an average of two years. With services in CHI’s state and county-regulated shelters, families move to permanent housing in an average of just six to nine months.
While the Nassau County Executive has strongly supported the project, the Jericho Family Support Center is facing opposition from the Town of Oyster Bay, which got a judge to sign a temporary restraining order halting all activity at the site. We are fighting that order in court.
We have been truly humbled by the support we have gained from many Jericho families and the Jericho School District. But the opponents are preying upon the fears of residents and raised $86,000 in a GoFundMe campaign disseminating false information.
We are asking you today to stand up for homeless families and against unfounded discrimination borne of fear. If you are among the tens of thousands of families we have helped escape homelessness in our 36 shelters, among the 750 first time homebuyers we have helped with counseling and down payment assistance, or simply a supporter of CHI and the right of EVERYONE to have shelter, please consider taking a stand with CHI.
Go to JFSC FACTS and find out more about the Jericho Family Support Center and how you can help by signing a petition or participating in an event being planned by supporters. At a time of COVID-19 and greater sensitivity to injustice all over the country, please stand up for the families on Long Island experiencing the trauma of homelessness. Please find a way you can help and consider a donation to CHI so that we can continue the “good fight” at DONATE CHI.
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