2013 was great year for Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC), filled with accomplishments across all of our programs.
- We now offer college persistence services to 400 graduates of our college access services to help them manage all the financial, academic and social challenges that come with college life, and persist through to graduation.
- We opened the Middle School Student Success Center, the first program of its kind in New York City. Our staff help local middle school students and their families to navigate the overwhelming high school choice process, and select schools which put them on the path to college.
- We mobilized more than 50 Cypress Hills Promise Neighborhood partners–from area public schools and community-based agencies to national nonprofits–in developing a plan to help our young people grow healthy and succeed in school. We were one of only 10 groups nationally to receive a Promise Neighborhood planning grants from the U.S. Department of Education in their last funding round.
- We moved closer to our goal of creating more than 140 new units of affordable housing for families and seniors in our community. We will complete construction of Cypress Village, which will create 29 units of affordable housing, in the spring.
- And we even helped a group of tenants, illegally evicted from their apartments, return to their homes.
These are just a few of the year’s highlights! All of our progress was possible thanks to your support. So it’s time to celebrate! As you’ll read in this edition of our newsletter, we will be honoring community supporters and staff for all they do for Cypress Hills. I hope you’ll plan to join us for our Celebration of Community Progress and Annual Meeting. I’m also excited to tell you all about our afterschool program at East New York Elementary School of Excellence that is just few months old but already engaging students in everything from building scale-model volcanoes to learning the latest dance moves.
Enjoy the newsletter and, as always, thank you for believing in Cypress Hills.
All my best,