Economy, weather push more Long Islan...

Economy, weather push more Long Island homeless to shelters and...

There are 20 comments on the Newsday story from Dec 23, 2008, titled Economy, weather push more Long Island homeless to shelters and.... In it, Newsday reports that:

Bitterly cold temperatures and the fallout from a sputtering economy have pushed more people into Long Island homeless shelters and sent applications for home heating assistance soaring, said county officials ...

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Lauren

Floral Park, NY

#1 Dec 23, 2008
How sad! Let's hope this economy gets better.
HERE WE GO

Seattle, WA

#2 Dec 23, 2008
you guys are idiots, if they didnt want it exactly this way it wouldnt be this way,..first kneecap the white guy,..then pump up the blacks and thier problem of intergrations solved, along with them getting rich cause they know which way the economys going cause they direct it,...and all you little people suffer but you never do get it,...why do you think they put a black guy in the presedency ? if the country was running right the people wouldve elected a guy who'd get us out of a depression but the big boys have spoken and your thier slaves now,..I cant wait till they get computerized election machines in there then it'll be so much easyer for them to rig it,..believe me it's gonna put even more people out of work,..yahoo,...
What a Joke

West Nyack, NY

#3 Dec 24, 2008
Apparently the heating crisis isn't an issue at the Nassau County Dept of Social Services where the HEAP program is actual run. They still have only 5 workers, the same as last year handling the paperwork forwarded to them by the contracted EAC office. These 5 workers not only handle the paperwork coming in from the EAC but from the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs and all applicants who were denied by the EAC. Suozzi and the DSS administration behave as if there was absolutely no overwhelming need by the public at large for heating help because if they did they wouldn't have only 5 people handling interviews, payments from the contracted offices and endless calls from client's, politicians and Suozzi's Hotline. Maybe if they stopped funneling HEAP funding into the Medicaid Dept they could put additional staffers into the HEAP unit and provide them overtime to process the mountain of paperwork. But NOOOOOOOOOO all program area monies are funneled into the Meidcaid Dept because we don't want people to have hot water and heat during the winter season. Don't even ask for oil in the summer the DSS administration will laugh you out of their office.
Jimmy Crack Corn

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Dec 24, 2008
What a Joke wrote:
Apparently the heating crisis isn't an issue at the Nassau County Dept of Social Services where the HEAP program is actual run. They still have only 5 workers, the same as last year handling the paperwork forwarded to them by the contracted EAC office. These 5 workers not only handle the paperwork coming in from the EAC but from the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs and all applicants who were denied by the EAC. Suozzi and the DSS administration behave as if there was absolutely no overwhelming need by the public at large for heating help because if they did they wouldn't have only 5 people handling interviews, payments from the contracted offices and endless calls from client's, politicians and Suozzi's Hotline. Maybe if they stopped funneling HEAP funding into the Medicaid Dept they could put additional staffers into the HEAP unit and provide them overtime to process the mountain of paperwork. But NOOOOOOOOOO all program area monies are funneled into the Meidcaid Dept because we don't want people to have hot water and heat during the winter season. Don't even ask for oil in the summer the DSS administration will laugh you out of their office.
God forbid anyone actually get a job and pay their own heating bill, right? THAT would be absurd to expect.
Pearls before Swine

White Plains, NY

#5 Dec 24, 2008
If you cannot afford to live on Long Island you should move.
Patrick

New York, NY

#6 Dec 24, 2008
re: "Antonio Woolever, 46, of Locust Valley, said his thrice-weekly walk to the Glen Cove soup kitchen has become more treacherous since last weekend's snowfall and icy rains. "There is a tendency to fall and hurt yourself,""

Is this piece of EFFIN garbage kidding me? What does he want, door-to-door taxi service to take him to and from the soup kitchen for his FREE meals?
cynical

Valley Stream, NY

#7 Dec 24, 2008
David Mejias said " Government just can't do this stuff"......WOW....A Liberal Democrat who doesn't want to dole out money!! He is confused is he not??? When he tries to run for county executive, remember how confused he is.....also remember that he always wins by only a few hundred votes every time!!!!!
cynical

Valley Stream, NY

#8 Dec 24, 2008
HERE WE GO wrote:
you guys are idiots, if they didnt want it exactly this way it wouldnt be this way,..first kneecap the white guy,..then pump up **** and thier problem of intergrations solved, along with them getting rich cause they know which way the economys going cause they direct it,...and all you little people suffer but you never do get it,...why do you think they put a black guy in the presedency ? if the country was running right the people wouldve elected a guy who'd get us out of a depression but the big boys have spoken and your thier slaves now,..I cant wait till they get computerized election machines in there then it'll be so much easyer for them to rig it,..believe me it's gonna put even more people out of work,..yahoo,...
When you wrote this, were you smoking CRACK?????
fritz fontaine

Mill Neck, NY

#9 Dec 24, 2008
Jimmy Crack Corn wrote:
<quoted text>
God forbid anyone actually get a job and pay their own heating bill, right? THAT would be absurd to expect.
I totally agree...seriously. How freakin hard is it to get an education and a job? Holy moly, these people are incredible. They want it that way or else they would do something about it.
fritz fontaine

Mill Neck, NY

#10 Dec 24, 2008
Patrick wrote:
re: "Antonio Woolever, 46, of Locust Valley, said his thrice-weekly walk to the Glen Cove soup kitchen has become more treacherous since last weekend's snowfall and icy rains. "There is a tendency to fall and hurt yourself,""
Is this piece of EFFIN garbage kidding me? What does he want, door-to-door taxi service to take him to and from the soup kitchen for his FREE meals?
hahahaha a limo would be nice! ;)
Jimmy Crack Corn

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Dec 24, 2008
Patrick wrote:
re: "Antonio Woolever, 46, of Locust Valley, said his thrice-weekly walk to the Glen Cove soup kitchen has become more treacherous since last weekend's snowfall and icy rains. "There is a tendency to fall and hurt yourself,""
Is this piece of EFFIN garbage kidding me? What does he want, door-to-door taxi service to take him to and from the soup kitchen for his FREE meals?
Dude, so right. Like the rest of us don't have to walk on any ice or snow to walk to our JOBS to work for our food and he's still complaining.

I'd like to see this guy get clipped by a Meal On Wheels truck going about 65.
Elizabeth

United States

#13 Dec 25, 2008
Why didn't this story carry more info on Suffolk Co. DSS's caring for the homeless. Between their Linkage Center for homeless singles, their trailers for homeless sex offenders, and their extensive family shelter program,they have a system that combinds both a structured no nonsense approach with a compassionate caring approach which has proven to be quietly successful.
HERE WE GO

Seattle, WA

#14 Dec 25, 2008
cynical wrote:
<quoted text>When you wrote this, were you smoking CRACK?????
no,..but with this kind of " leadership?" I can understand why a lot of people do,..do you know what a G4 is? its a goverment title I kind of know a few of those kinds of people including one the presedents father calls and asks for advise from,.
those kinds of idiots are running the country like THEY OWN IT ,..NOT US,.. so, what do you expect?
I went to colleges,.and tech schools,.was a straight A student once but I saw the light,.if you gave them the answers today ,..to all the problems they have ,..they wouldnt use them ,..they want thier answers only
..it's all about thier freedom not ours,..this political structure needs an enima,..we have to aim a war on right and wrong not a war on drugs? on the leaders we've created ( the shaw, noriaga,saddam,osama, etc etc etc ) these guys in washington are CREATING THE PROBLEMS WE'RE STUCK PAYING FOR IT DOESNT COME OUT OF THIER PAYCHECKS IT COMES OUT OF OURS,
these guys are funding the worlds criminals and your the idiots paying for it,..face it john waynes dead and the bad guys are running the show,.
and everybody who owns a factory that makes munitions in texas just got rich in the last eight years,..just like in the viet nam days,..same old story, different front man

lets make a country we can all be proud of based on our beliefes in truths and good not deciet and fagggs america became great from the good and streanths we have not the weaknesses and flaws,.
I dont do crak,. I did part of your early warning system,..halifax engineering
and a bunch of other stuff ya never heard of,..and I'm a new yorker,.and its tough,..
I dont know who you are,.but merry christmas anyway,..
Seriously

New Rochelle, NY

#15 Dec 25, 2008
Sadly, this will get much worse before it gets better.
Seriously

New Rochelle, NY

#16 Dec 25, 2008
Patrick wrote:
re: "Antonio Woolever, 46, of Locust Valley, said his thrice-weekly walk to the Glen Cove soup kitchen has become more treacherous since last weekend's snowfall and icy rains. "There is a tendency to fall and hurt yourself,""
Is this piece of EFFIN garbage kidding me? What does he want, door-to-door taxi service to take him to and from the soup kitchen for his FREE meals?
And a Merry Christmas to you...
oiram ifnab

Des Plaines, IL

#17 Dec 25, 2008
"Average November and December temperatures this year have been about a degree below normal on Long Island, said National Weather Service meteorologist John Murray. "
Nonsense. Algore said there is global warming and I'll believe him before some 'scientist'!
oiram ifnab

Des Plaines, IL

#18 Dec 25, 2008
Patrick wrote:
re: "Antonio Woolever, 46, of Locust Valley, said his thrice-weekly walk to the Glen Cove soup kitchen has become more treacherous since last weekend's snowfall and icy rains. "There is a tendency to fall and hurt yourself,""
Is this piece of EFFIN garbage kidding me? What does he want, door-to-door taxi service to take him to and from the soup kitchen for his FREE meals?
Hey, c'mon, cut a senior citizen a break!
Ur notsosmart

Bangkok, Thailand

#19 Dec 25, 2008
Homeless because they are losers,the cold weather will weed them out.
NYR94

Farmingville, NY

#20 Dec 25, 2008
"Our shelters are full up," said Connie Lassandro, director of Nassau's Office of Housing and Homeless Services. "It's going to be a long winter.

Excellent grammar there. And also...why would this winter be any longer then any other?
Tired and Poor

Franklin Square, NY

#21 Dec 25, 2008
So 500-something in need. That's what percent of LI's population? So for those five overworked workers, that's what, 100 applications each to process? Over what period of time? Oh my, might have to skip Dr. Phil to get all that work done. Ask the county for a raise. Plenty of money left in the pockets of the taxpayers. Poor, poor county workers. At least they have a job.

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