After seeing homeless people on the street in New York City as a child, Jackson Southerland researched the biggest needs of those living in shelters and used his inspiration to launch an annual sock drive.
The dovetailing issues of homelessness and hunger are not going to solve themselves. And thousands more Long Islanders are at risk, studies show.
The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) is a volunteer-based nonprofit whose mission is to address hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing and supportive services for all those in need. It operates a network of 14 soup kitchens, in 21 locations, serving more than 300,000 meals annually. It runs three emergency shelters in Nassau County—two designated as refuges for homeless families, the other for homeless men. The INN provides 23 formerly homeless families with long-term housing throughout Long Island, offers housing and supportive services to homeless veterans, and works to resolve homelessness overall and ultimately empower families’ self-sufficiency. The INN’s latest facility, its Center for Transformative Change (CTC), is a one-stop resource center helping individuals successfully navigate multi-tiered, multi-agency services so crucial for the homeless, unemployed or destitute to get back on their feet.
A 28-year-old homeless man’s lifeless body was discovered on a beach near Port Jefferson Harbor Thursday, Suffolk County Police said. A Village of Port Jefferson constable found the body of Marlon Lewis, 28, who apparently drowned, at approximately 1:45 p.m. March 17, police said. Sixth Precinct officers responded to the scene, and describe Lewis as homeless.
Prosecutors said the suspect confessed to the murder.
“It would take a very small emergency for people to not pay their rent and wind up in the same situation.”