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Source: Newsday
Subject: Immigration
Type: Media Coverage

Roundup: County services at Brentwood site

County services at Brentwood site

Suffolk County will provide a limited number of county services — including assistance with food stamp applications and job searches — at the Brentwood offices of an immigrant advocacy group.

County Executive Steve Bellone announced Monday that the Department of Labor, Department of Social Services and Human Rights Commission will provide services at the office of Make the Road New York, 1090 Suffolk Ave.

“Ensuring that all residents have access to county services is of the utmost importance to my administration,” Bellone said at a ceremony held at the office Monday.

Bellone said the partnership was part of an effort to reach “underserved communities” noting that residents in Central Islip and Brentwood have had limited access to county services in the past due to a host of issues including limited transportation.

Every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the two departments will each have a representative on-site to help connect residents with county programs. Services will include providing referrals to adult education and job training programs and conducting eligibility screenings for social service programs like food stamps and subsidized child care.

The county’s Human Rights Commission, which is responsible for handling discrimination complaints, will also be available to meet residents by appointment, Bellone said.

All services will be available in English and in Spanish.

– Laura Figueroa

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