Housing, Shelter

Long Island Housing Services, Inc.

aka LIHS

Bohemia, NY

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

1978

Executive Director

Ian Wilder, Esq.

Main Address

640 Johnson Ave Suite 8

Bohemia, NY 11716 USA

Keywords

Fair Housing, Housing, Discrimination, Civil Rights, Mortgage, Landlord, Tenant, Human Rights, Foreclosure

EIN

11-2494324

 Number

1103731330

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fair Housing

Landlord and Tenants Rights

Foreclosure Prevention Housing Counseling and Legal Services

Foreclosure Rescue Scam Prevention

First Time Home Buyer Counseling

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of clients counseled on Tenant's Rights

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Landlord and Tenants Rights

Context notes

*2017 metric is new clients only

Number of homeowners facing foreclosure counseled on their options

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Foreclosure Prevention Housing Counseling and Legal Services

Number of clients provided free foreclosure prevention legal services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Foreclosure Prevention Housing Counseling and Legal Services

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Fair Housing

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Fair Housing

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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 Scam 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 nearly 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 20, 5 of whom are fluent in Spanish and we have an additional 20 per diems trained to help with our investigations. Our staff includes housing counselors, attorneys, outreach coordinators, and fair housing investigator/advocates.

We measure our progress by our ability to assist our clients to gather and develop evidence to successfully challenge discrimination and through successful challenges against systemic, discriminatory barriers. Related to our Foreclosure and Mortgage Scam Prevention projects, progress is measured by numbers of homeowners that are able to maintain homeownership through our help to obtain truly affordable modifications of loans or otherwise achieve their best available housing option. Our rental clients' [many of whom are facing and some actual homelessness] progress is measured by the numbers that benefit from counseling and the related resources made available to them to assist them in stabilizing and improving their rental situations.

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.

External Reviews

Financials

Long Island Housing Services, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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