Long Island Housing Services, Inc.

aka LIHS   |   Bohemia, NY   |  www.LIFairHousing.org

Mission

Our mission is the elimination of unlawful housing discrimination and the promotion of decent and affordable housing through advocacy and education.

Long Island Housing Services functions as the only dedicated fair housing agency serving all of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Unique in our multifaceted services and unparalleled in our commitment to fair housing advocacy and enforcement, Long Island Housing Services is nationally recognized and is one of the earliest private, nonprofit fair housing agencies established in the USA.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Ian Wilder, Esq.

Main address

640 Johnson Ave Suite 8

Bohemia, NY 11716 USA

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EIN

11-2494324

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our main focus is the elimination of unlawful housing discrimination and promotion of decent and affordable housing through advocacy and education.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fair Housing

Our Fair Housing program aims to assists individuals and organizations with housing discrimination complaints and exercise their fair housing rights; initiate investigations to identify, document, and eliminate systemic housing discrimination; advocates for policies and programs that advance the development of more open, accessible, and inclusive communities; and engages in outreach and educational activities to increase public awareness about fair housing rights.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, our Landlord/Tenant Counseling Program helps you deal with issues related to security, eviction, habitability, rights, handicapped access, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Many homeowners throghout Long Island find themselves struggling to make mortgage payments.
We have HUD-approved Housing Counselors and Attorneys who can talk to you about your options.

We will review your loan information and financials, discuss your options, and help you to make the best plan.
If your bank has started a foreclosure action, our Attorneys can assist you to file a Pro Se Answer to your Summons and Complaint, or provide limited legal representation at Settlement Conference. Our attorneys can explain the legal process, assist you to negotiate with the bank’s attorney, and advocate for your best option.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new clients counseled on Tenant's Rights

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Landlord and Tenants Rights

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

HUD client files; By HUD FY

Number of homeowners facing foreclosure counseled on their options

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Foreclosure Prevention Housing Counseling and Legal Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients provided free foreclosure prevention legal services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Foreclosure Prevention Housing Counseling and Legal Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of allegations of unlawful housing discrimination in rentals, sales, lending and advertising cases resulting in formal enforcement actions investigated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Fair Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

PEI contract year endinf

Number of complaints facilitated with U.S. Dept. of HUD and/or the NYS Division of Human Rights or local Human Rights Commission after investigations revealed evidence to pursue enforcement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Fair Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

PEI contract year ending

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

LIHS' founding objectives are to promote racial and economic integration and equal housing opportunity throughout Long Island; to reduce and eliminate unlawful housing discrimination, to encourage the development of low-income and affordable housing, and to educate and assist the public regarding housing rights and opportunities in the region. Through our dedicated Foreclosure Prevention Program providing counseling and legal services at no charge, we aim to help stabilize the LI economy and local communities by helping struggling homeowners maintain housing, or minimize their loss when modification is not feasible, as many of these were placed at risk of foreclosure through predatory and discriminatory lending practices, disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable of residents. Through our rental counseling, we seek to educate tenants as to their rights so that housing conditions and landlord relations will be improved and stabilized.

Strategies to accomplish our objectives include conducting fair housing investigations and testing (rentals, sales, insurance and lending); advocacy to facilitate enforcement/compliance; public/industry education; serving as a clearinghouse for information. We continue to provide Rental counseling and referrals; Legal Services and Counseling for Mortgage Default/Foreclosure Prevention and Mortgage Rescue Modification counseling and reporting. For all of these services and objectives, we engage in vigorous education and outreach efforts to engage those needing services and information to enhance compliance with Fair Housing/Fair Lending goals.

With over fifty (50) years of experience providing unique housing counseling and related services to Long Island residents, LIHS is Long Island's premier, nationally and highly regarded Fair Housing organization. LIHS is a HUD-approved Local Comprehensive Housing Counseling Agency and a HUD-qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organization. LIHS has a highly trained staff of 19, 3 of whom are fluent in Spanish and we have an additional 25 per diems trained to help with our investigations. Our staff includes housing counselors, attorneys, outreach coordinators, and fair housing investigator/advocates.

We have been able to assist our clients to maintain or obtain their best available housing option through advocacy and litigation, thereby shifting the expectations of the community toward inclusiveness. We have not yet accomplished our ultimate goal: a Long Island that is racially, culturally, and economically inclusive, as much of LI continues to be highly segregated, nor have we seen the creation of an adequate stock of decent and affordable housing.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Long Island Housing Services, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Constance Lassandro

Linda Hassberg

Empire Justice Center

Rose Cicchetti

Georgette Grier-Key

Eastville Community Historical Society

Jennifer Martin

Stephanie Baldwin

Emily Murphy

Michael Wigutow

Elizabeth Bazini

Jo Anne Durovich

Tawanda Harris

Pilar Moya

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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