Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker presented Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH) Director Mike Giuffrida and Street Outreach Director Dwayne Brown with proclamations for their service and dedication to aiding our homeless and underserved community members.
“Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is one of Suffolk County’s most important not-for-profit agencies, and it is my honor to recognize both Mike and Dwayne for their dedication and commitment. The ongoing opioid addiction epidemic and the covid pandemic have greatly contributed to the increase in homelessness, and LICH’s resources provides a vital service for the county,” said Legislator Anker. “Tackling the complex issues surrounding homelessness requires varied experiences and expert skills, and in their role at LICH, they have contributed greatly to the success of placement and care for those who are in need of shelter and medical resources.”
Mike Giuffrida, currently an Associate Director of LICH, has served over 7 years with the organization, facilitating programs including the Anti-Oppressive Leader Fellows program. He has been an active participant in the Race Equity Network Advisory Board, Coram Plaza Revitalization Task Force and Suffolk County Legislature Next Generation Advisory Council. In addition, he serves as an Associate Professor at St. Joseph’s College.
Dwayne Brown, currently the Director of Street Outreach for LICH, has been serving vulnerable populations including those experiencing at risk homelessness. He works directly with individuals experiencing extremely difficult situations, assisting with in-the-field relationship building and linkage to support systems, as he facilitates program participants transitioning into housing. LICH was founded in 1985 as a grassroots local advocacy effort to bring non-profits and other community partners together to unite around the cause of homelessness, seeking to expand and enhance services to meet local needs. For more information call 631-464-4314 or go to www.addressthehomeless.org.