Town Notes: Anti-Bias Concert; Rental Assistance Office Opens

The Town of Huntington has opened its Emergency Rental Assistance Program Center in Greenlawn.

Huntington was awarded $5.9 million from the U.S. Department of the Treasury under the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program, managed by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The Huntington Community Development Agency has oversight of the Huntington program, and the town is working with Housing Help, Inc. to handle program outreach.

The office is at 95 Broadway in Greenlawn.

The center has  specialists available to answer questions about the program and to assist anyone who needs help filling out the application.

Specialists may assist clients in English, Spanish, and Creole. All are welcome at the ERAP Center, no matter immigration status, lack of lease, or lack of pay stubs. Services are provided for both tenants and landlords.

National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month. On Aug. 31, town leaders will raise a flage for Overdose Awareness Day to remember those lost to the opioid epidemic. The flag raising is scheduled for the Huntington Village Green at noon. In Northport, there will be a candlelight vigil from 7 to 9 p.m. at Northport Village Park.

Anti-Bias Concert

Harborfields High School students Sharon Lin and Jacob Siegel organized the Huntington anti-bias concert Saturday,  driven by the recent rise in bias crimes against Asian Americans. The performance, which included performances by students from Tri-CYA, choirs and other young performers, was held at Heckscher Park and was co-sponsored by Council members Joan Cergol and Mark Cuthbertson.

Dr. Eve Krief, whose mother lost immediate family members in the Holocaust, also spoke. The Tri-CYA performers were supported by a grant from Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly.

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