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No Long Island veterans are homeless, task force says

A federal task force charged with eradicating homelessness says all military veterans actively seeking a home on Long Island now have a place to live.

In a letter last month to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, said the two counties “have effectively ended homelessness among veterans.”

Mangano and Bellone will join homeless service providers Friday at a news conference in Amityville announcing the milestone.

Nassau and Suffolk officials, working with the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and other nonprofits, have provided homes for nearly 1,000 homeless veterans since 2013, the council said. Those figures include homes built on Long Island by nonprofit groups that receive county, state and federal funds.

Mangano said his administration helped create 60 homes at Mitchel Field in Garden City and rehabilitated five two-bedroom town houses in Hempstead, for veterans, active-duty military and their families.

Last year, the Suffolk County legislature passed the Housing our Homeless Heroes Act, which transferred abandoned properties seized by the county for unpaid taxes to nonprofit groups to be used to house veterans. Ten homes are being developed under the first phase of this bill.

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