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12/15/11 - New York Community Trust grant helps find jobs for Far Rockaway residents

The Trust is featured in this New York Daily News piece by Sam Levin. Senior program officer Pat Swann is quoted.

New York Community Trust grant helps find jobs for Far Rockaway residents
Ocean Bay Community Development Corp. to place at least 60 in jobs

At least 60 Far Rockaway residents will land jobs throughout the city in 2012 thanks to a new grant aimed at giving a boost to the isolated neighborhood in southeast Queens.

The New York Community Trust awarded a $40,000 grant this month to Ocean Bay Community Development Corp., a local group that partners with public housing residents in Far Rockaway with job initiatives.

This latest funding push will allow the organization to expand its efforts and connect unemployed residents directly to employers.

“People are losing their jobs and coming back to us,” said Executive Director Pat Simon. “More people are looking for jobs to really sustain themselves.”

The Ocean Bay Community Development Corp., located in a city Housing Authority space, works with a wide variety of employers, including department stores, security companies and government agencies, to help place residents in jobs.

In addition to placements, this new grant will also help residents complete 750 federal tax returns and enroll 250 residents in employment workshops.

This kind of initiative is especially important in Far Rockaway, where unemployment rates are persistently higher than the rest of the borough, advocates said.

“It’s such an isolated neighborhood and there’s just so much need,” said Patricia Swann, senior program officer with the New York Community Trust, which has helped the group since 2007.

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