Economic and Social Challenges of Immigrants in Long Island

From 2017-2020, NCCP conducted a needs assessment and provided actionable recommendations to improve outreach and services for low-income immigrants residing in Long Island. Funding was provided by the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) Community Navigator Program, through a subcontract with the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN). The project supported the work of CARECEN, an immigrant-serving organization with offices in Hempstead and Brentwood, NY. CARECEN provides wraparound and legal services like naturalization, family petitions, and deportation defense for unaccompanied minors and immigrants in Long Island. 

Each of the three reports examines the needs of low-income immigrants using different data sources and approaches to develop a full picture for Long Island. The first report explores the social and economic characteristics of low-income immigrants in Long Island’s two counties, Suffolk and Nassau, using analysis of Census data. The second report uses qualitative data collected through a series of roundtable discussions with immigrant community leaders and service providers to describe the need for key services for immigrants across Long Island. In report 3, the authors synthesize findings on best practices for information sharing and dissemination of resources among low-income immigrants in Long Island. 

Project Publications
Project Staff 

Heather Koball, PhD, Senior Fellow
Suma Setty, MPH, Senior Research Associate 


Seth Hartig