As part of the recent Government Funding Bill, The INN was awarded $2 million in congressionally directed spending for homeless safety net programming. The Bill passed in the Senate and the House just before Christmas. It was sponsored and supported by Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Chuck Schumer.
“During the time of year when miracles are known to happen, The INN is so thankful to receive this wonderful news,” said Jean Kelly, Executive Director of the INN. “It will help make possible the much-needed expansion of our services for hungry and homeless Long Islanders.”
On December 12th, 2022, The INN reopened the doors of the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen to allow guests inside the building after serving outside the front doors since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March of 2020. In addition, the recent acquisition of the 25,000 square foot building next door to the soup kitchen will allow The INN to expand its existing services to those community members in need. Partner organizations will continue to be invited to provide desperately needed medical and mental health services, workforce development programs and other valuable services.
Read the news stories about the full bill and its recipients below: