Posted: Dec 27, 2012 1:24 AM
Updated: Dec 27, 2012 1:24 AM
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) In one of the nation's richest communities, a group of churches works to shelter about 50 homeless people each night.
While many of the homeless of Long Island's Hamptons have jobs, they can't afford places to stay and don't want to leave the area where they were born and reared.
They turn to a private charity called Maureen's Haven.
Some are illegal aliens who are disqualified from county social services but others are locals who hesitate to be sent as far as 50 miles away.
Executive Director Tracey Lutz said the Great Recession has changed the face of homelessness across the country, including the Hamptons.
Some clients work in local drugstores and restaurants, but can't make ends meet in an area where an omelet can cost as much as $30.