In 2017, the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA) Community Navigator Program, through a subcontract with the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN), granted NCCP funding to conduct 3 years of research about the social and economic needs of low-income immigrants residing in Long Island. This 3-year project conducted between 2017-2020 intends to strengthen 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 to 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 of low-income immigrants in 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 community leaders and service providers who work with low-income immigrant communities in towns across Long Island. It describes 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.