Meeks, Meng, Jeffries Announce Efforts To Improve Security For High-Risk Nonprofits

    U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks

    U.S. Rep. Grace Meng

    Queens U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng and Hakeem Jeffries will join a number of other congress members from the city’s House delegation today to announce steps to help provide federal support for security at high-risk nonprofits.

    The call will come following the spike in anti-Semitism and domestic terrorist attacks in the U.S. IT will include an announcement to help such vulnerable, high-risk institutions throughout New York including synagogues, mosques, churches, and community centers improve security and safety with federal resources through enhanced state grant-making and ancillary support.

    The announcement is slated for 11 a.m., today, Jan. 2 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place in Lower Manhattan.

    Sanders To Host Community Tech Event IN Honor Of MLK

    State Sen. James Sanders Jr.

    State Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will host a STEM education event called “Blueprints for Success” in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day later this month.

    In one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speeches, “What’s in your Life’s Blueprint,” he reminds students to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them to ensure that they are prepared for the ever-changing world.  In an age of technological domination, the big question to ask is, “What does the future look like in 2020 and beyond?” 

    Attendees of the event will engage in workshops, and hear panel discussions geared towards exposure to future opportunities. The goal of this tech event is to promote economic growth, job creation, and provide career transitions that benefit all of Southeast Queens. This event is for the whole family. Everyone is encouraged to attend!

    The event is slated for 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2020 at 10-45 Nameoke Street in Far Rockaway. You must RSVP. Please call Senator Sanders’ Office at 718-523-3069 or 718-327-7017 to reserve your seat.

    HUD Awards Nearly $80 Million To Help Families Reach Self-Sufficiency

    U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson earlier this week awarded more than $79 million to nearly 700 public housing authorities across the country.

    These funds will help residents of public housing and voucher-assisted housing increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on public assistance and rental subsidies.The New York City funding includes $5.13 million including $1.5 million to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and $216,000 to the New York City HOusing Authority (NYCHA).

    Funded through HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program(FSS), these grants enable public housing agencies (PHAs) to collaborate with social service agencies, community colleges, businesses, and other local partners to help participants further their education, gain marketable skills, and otherwise increase their income potential through new employment or by advancing in their current workplace.

    “Helping people find jobs that will put them on the path to self-sufficiency is at the core of HUD’s mission,” said Carson. “HUD is committed to working with our local partners to connect families with the opportunities and support they need to succeed at every level.”

    HUD’s FSS Program funding helps local public housing authorities to hire Service Coordinators who work directly with residents to connect them with existing programs and services in the local community. These Service Coordinators build relationships with networks of local service providers, who provide direct assistance to FSS participants. 

    The broad spectrum of services made possible through FSS enables participating families to find jobs, increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for rental and/or welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

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