New support programs for Sandy victims to be revealed

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Long Island nonprofit groups and several elected officials who have been working to help victims of superstorm Sandy will announce new programs on the eve of the devastating storm's anniversary.

"We want people to know they are not alone," and that nonprofits and government officials are working together to help families, said Gwen O'Shea, president and chief executive of the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island.

The Long Island Long Term Recovery Group, a coalition of 145 nonprofit health and human service groups on the Island -- including established groups like United Way and the American Red Cross, and new ones like Neighbors Helping Neighbors -- are to be joined by local politicians at a news conference planned for 10:30 a.m. Monday at a Sandy survivor's home in Lindenhurst.

O'Shea said the nonprofits and elected officials had "collectively worked together since the storm hit to be responsive" to people's needs.

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O'Shea said a progress report on current programs, such as case management services nonprofit groups have provided to Sandy victims, and new programs will be outlined.

"The hope is really to reach out to individuals who have, quite frankly, been terrorized by the storm and have difficulty figuring how to navigate" through problems and various aid programs, O'Shea said.

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