History

Concern was originally founded in 1972 as an advocacy organization. For over 40 years, we have provided supportive services to individuals their families. Concern began operating housing over 30 years ago. We were among the first operators of licensed Community Residences in Suffolk County and have been used as a model for the development of similar programs. Concern is the largest non-profit provider of supportive housing for individuals and families on Long Island.

Over the years, Concern has: developed a job training thrift shop, established the first client run thrift shop in Suffolk County, received the first HHAP grant on Long Island, started the first Supported Housing Program in Suffolk County, opened the first newly constructed Community Residence on Long Island, opened the first scattered site, permanent housing on Long Island using HUD 202 funds, and is one of the first agencies to use Low-Income Housing Tax Credits to develop housing for people with disabilities.

Concern, a CARF-accredited agency, has successfully developed and administered a wide array of housing options for over 30 years. Residents are currently housed in single-site supervised residences, scattered-site shared apartments, and permanent housing for individuals and families in studios, condominiums, and houses in the community.