|Housing in Jamaica, Queens. Photo courtesy of Chhaya Community Development Corporation.|
2008 Neighborhood Revitalization Grants
Since 1978, The Trust's Neighborhood Revitalization Program
has awarded approximately $13 million in grants to groups working in poor communities. In 2008, we encouraged groups to submit proposals that responded to the recession. Many nonprofits requested funds to help homeowners at risk of foreclosure, preserve affordable housing, improve living conditions in public housing, and help residents get financial support and counseling. The dedicated neighborhood groups below received grants of $40,000
each to help residents cope with hardship.
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, to provide legal support to up to 40 low-income buildings in Bushwick.
Chhaya Community Development Corporation, to help owners in Jackson Heights and Jamaica, Queens bring illegal and hazardous apartments into compliance with the housing code.
Good Old Lower East Side, for free tax help and other financial services for public housing residents, and for workshops on public housing issues.
Myrtle Avenue Commercial Revitalization and Development Project, to improve the nutrition of public housing residents in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
Neighborhood Housing Services of the North Bronx, to prevent foreclosure through financial assistance and counseling for residents in Williamsbridge, Wakefield, and Parkchester.
Northfield Community Local Development Corporation of Staten Island, for a public education campaign and individual counseling to prevent foreclosures on the North Shore.
Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, to brief City and State housing officials on predatory equity (when developers buy buildings in poor, but changing, neighborhoods and try to remove low-income tenants), help prevent foreclosure, and improve living conditions in Kingsbridge Heights, Bedford Park, and Fordham.
Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, to help public housing residents in Far Rockaway, Queens with taxes, finances, and finding jobs.
St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation, to organize tenant associations and promote financial literacy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
United Community Centers, to prevent foreclosures in East New York, Brooklyn.