Lawrence Joseph has been an advocate in the fields of education and social services for over 50 years. During the past 24 plus years, Larry has worked for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services and Adult Protective Services. His focus has been on providing services and advocacy for children and adults who have been the victims of abuse and neglect as well as financial exploitation.
During his tenure as a Child Welfare Specialist for ACS between 1993 and 2009, Larry advocated for the rights and needs of grandparents living in NYCHA apartments when they were threatened with eviction in housing court due to drug abuse by relatives who barged in and took over their apartments. Testifying at Housing Court prevented many seniors with intellectual and psychological impairments from being evicted. NYCHA and other community-based organizations often began providing essential services.
As an Intake Coordinator with Adult Protective Services, Larry processes referrals from Housing Court Judges, lawyers / Guardian Ad Litem, and landlords as well as friends and relatives for adults with disabilities who face eviction. Larry shares his knowledge of resources.
As a facilitator for two peer-led mental health care support groups: Brooklyn Pride Community Center’s Queer Mental Health Initiative (QMHI) and the Manhattan GBLTQ& Center’s Supportive Connection, Larry offers support and referrals. Areas include housing issues.
During February 2017, Larry joined other mental health care professionals in Albany. Mental health care clients and professionals spoke with members of our NY State Legislature about the housing needs of individuals with mental health care concerns.
On June 12, 2015, Larry spoke at the White House Conference for the Aging.
Remarks included the needs of our seniors who face eviction due to the illegal activity of their relatives who invade their homes.
Larry is also a member of NYS Tenants and Neighborhood Coalition. At this year’s annual meeting, he spoke about the housing needs of seniors and made recommendations for self-advocacy.