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One after another, caseworkers entered the small, stuffy Downtown Brooklyn conference room — the court of last resort. There, the panel members of something called the New York City Unmet Needs Roundtable, managed by New York Disaster Interfaith Services and financed by private donors, reviewed requests for overlooked victims of Hurricane Sandy. Read more.
Students from the Bronx have joined the chorus of voices calling for improvements to St. Mary's Park such as safety and increased services. Read more.
As part of LISC NYC's continuing commitment to the Bronx, it teamed with State Farm to support borough native Jennifer Lopez's June 4th concert at Orchard Beach in Pelham Park. LISC NYC has been active in the Bronx since the early ‘80s and currently works on the inter-related issues of diet-related diseases, poverty, and unemployment to help residents live longer and healthier lives. State Farm has invested more than $1 million in grant funding to LISC NYC to support energy efficiency and water retrofits and neighborhood greening efforts and it currently supports LISC NYC’s Two Shades of Green (TSG) pilot program. TSG helps affordable housing owners consume less energy and water in their buildings and reduce operation and maintenance costs while increasing the health and wellness of residents and staff.
The Neighborhood Sessions Concert Series gives music stars a chance to say “thank you” to their communities and highlight the work of community organizations active in the Bronx, including LISC, Mid-Bronx Desperadoes Community Housing Corporation, New Settlement Apartments, and West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing. Tickets are free for Bronx residents and available at www.sfneighborhoodsessions.com.
The New York City Change Capital Fund (CCF), a collaboration of 17
foundations and financial institutions dedicated to the revitalization of distressed New York City
communities, today announced the launch of a new initiative to harness the strength of community
development corporations (CDCs) to reduce poverty in high-need New York City neighborhoods. Read the press release.
In poor neighborhoods you will often find the same kind of local staples: storefront churches, liquor stores, corner bodegas and fast food joints. The Mt. Eden section of the Bronx is no different. Here, a vast number of fast food establishments and bodegas beckon to residents. Cheap and easy, they are nominally not healthy. But residents are about to enjoy much healthier, and equally economical, options. Read more.
With help from American Red Cross donors, more than 1,900 homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy have had mold remediation completed, and progress continues every day. Read more.
On November 20, Denise Scott, Managing Director of New York City LISC NYC, sat on a panel convened by the Center for NYC Neighborhoods (CNYCN) as part of Talking Transition that presented innovative ideas the incoming mayoral administration can look to as it considers ways to preserve, protect and expand affordable housing in New York City.
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