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How to improve quality of life for people in the state of NY?
CHALLENGES TO OUR YOUTH Education = too many choices, lack of motivation, lack of options Immigration = getting kids to graduate and then what? Gangs Health Insurance - Uninsured and non citizens. Families raising children - grandparents, aunts, etc. Obesity and health issues Issues with food = dinner, no food, etc. Low Income
Supportive Services Basic needs services (food, clothing, showers, general medical/dental care) Other support services (case management, child care, adult education, sobriety and mental health support groups, transportation assistance, public benefits application assistance, vocational training, financial education, legal advice) Direct financial assistance for homelessness prevention/rapid re-housing Street outreach, emergency shelter, and supportive housing
Top Issues Facing Underserved Communities Lack of affordable housing (especially for those below 30% AMI) Insufficient case management resources to address multiple long-term needs Inadequate coordination and communication between service providers (leads to inefficiency, barriers to access, and lack of early-intervention) Inability to access health care (including physical, mental health and substance abuse treatment services)
Top Issues Facing Underserved Communities Unaffordable and inconvenient public transportation Language barriers Low literacy/numeracy Inability to secure living-wage employment Lack of understanding of the political process and how to advocate for better policy