Grantee Name

Long Island Community Foundation (LICF)

Funding Area


Publication Date

November 2015

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

March 2013 – October 2014

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated much of Long Island.

Almost 1 million people were left without electricity and 2,000 homes were deemed uninhabitable. It was anticipated that Long Island faced long-term recovery issues for years to come. The Long Island Community Foundation (LICF) started raising funds through its Hurricane Sandy Relief and Restoration Fund to support nonprofits in their work to address the many needs arising from the storm’s aftermath in the communities they serve.

LICF identified a number of health concerns that specifically pertained to the region, including the city of Long Beach (the hardest-hit community on Long Island), which sustained more than $200 million in damage. Long-term health issues were expected, including an increase in respiratory ailments; risks to worker safety; environmental fall-out from sewage and fuel leakages; and psychological issues from anxiety and/or stress. NYHealth awarded a grant to LICF to support nonprofits working to meet the health needs of Long Island residents during the Sandy recovery process.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Assisted the work of six organizations focusing on health-related Sandy issues: Adelphi University Institute for Social Research and Community Engagement, Long Island Jobs with Justice, New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, and North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center; and
  • Allocated funds specifically to address mental health issues among elderly storm survivors; collect information related to mold-related issues; provide health and safety training for workers engaged in Sandy rebuilding work; conduct a needs assessment for Long Beach seniors; and continue outpatient mental health services for storm survivors.