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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Building Community. Growing Leaders.

Our Community Development division strives to increase affordable housing in Cypress Hills, and make Cypress Hills a healthier and more energy efficient community.

East New York BASE (Basement Apartments Safe for Everyone) 

BACPP

Basement Apartment Conversion Pilot Program (BACPP)

Administered by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, in partnership with Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, the Basement Apartment Conversion Pilot Program (BACPP) provides eligible low- to middle-income homeowners living in one- to three-family homes in East New York and Cypress Hills, Brooklyn (Community District 5) with low-interest, no-interest, or even forgivable, loans to convert their basement or cellar into a safe, legal, and rentable apartment.

The homeowner is also provided with the technical assistance needed to close on a loan and complete the construction project. This pilot program will help to create safe housing for tenants or occupants while providing homeowners an opportunity to earn rental income.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For information on loan terms and the program, see the BACPP term sheet,

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More information can be found on this website: www.nyc.gov/basementconversion

This program is no longer accepting new applicants. If you would like to join a waiting list to be notified if similar opportunities open up in the future, please email eny-basement@cypresshills.org

Contact:

Ryan Chavez

Program Director, Basement Apartment Conversion Pilot Program

2685 Pitkin Avenue 11208 Brooklyn, NY 

eny-basement@cypresshills.org

Community Advocates

Community Advocates

Our Community Advocates work to improve the quality of life in Cypress Hills by increasing access to healthy food, assisting with SNAP and other benefits applications, and connecting residents to health resources and information. Located at our Chestnut Commons Community Center, 276 Chestnut Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208.

Contact:

Akamil DeJesus

Program Director, Public Benefits and Food Access

akamildj@cypresshills.org 

929-481-7568

nyc benefits

NYC Benefits Program

Consumer prices in NYC grew by 6.1% in 2022. Prices in the city began to accelerate in Spring 2021 and are now the highest rate it’s been in 30 years. Consumer costs have grown most steeply around energy, recreation, transportation and food. Minimum wage in NYC is $15 an hour. That’s approximately $2,400 a month working full time,  while the average cost of rent in NYC is approximately $3,000 a month. 

If you are looking for ways to make ends meet, feed your family, avoid eviction and utility shut-offs, then the NYC Benefits Program is right for you! Consider applying for public benefits with CHLDC. We are currently assisting with Cash Assistance, One Shot Deals, SNAP and Fair Fares.

We are working with the Department of Social Services as a trusted partner to: increase the number of New Yorkers enrolling in benefits and staying enrolled in public benefits; make access to benefits easier and more efficient; improve benefits-related coordination between City agencies such as the Human Resource Administration (HRA) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs); expand the benefits access capacity of CBOs; leverage underutilized federal, state, and city dollars for poverty alleviation and economic stability; and create a culture of dignity and respect for those that administer and receive government benefits.

Contact:

Crystal Dixon

NYC Benefits Coordinator/Program Supervisor

Crystald@cypresshills.org

(929) 379-3273

See below for NYC Benefits Offers

Cash Assistance

Cash Assistance is a benefit offered to individuals and families who reside in NYC. Eligible families may receive up to 60 months of federal funded cash assistance. This benefit includes SNAP and MEDICAID as well. A part of the cash assistance benefit may also include a shelter allowance. A shelter allowance helps pay a set amount of your rent which goes directly to the landlord.

Contact:

Crystal Dixon

NYC Benefits Coordinator/Program Supervisor

Crystald@cypresshills.org

(929) 379-3273

Marlene Rivera

NYC Benefits Counselor

Marlener@cypresshills.org

929-379-3792

One Shot Deals

A One Shot Deal is a one-time payment from the Human Resources Administration (HRA) to pay back rental and or utility arrears. You may be able to get cash help if you cannot pay your bills because you lost your job, are getting less pay from your job, or had another emergency like an unexpected medical situation. This help is called “Emergency Assistance'' or a “One Shot Deal.”

Emergency assistance can help you if:

  • You are experiencing homelessness or will lose your housing if you do not get help.

  • Your gas or electricity has been shut off, or you got a notice saying that it will be shut off.

  • You lost clothes, personal items, or furniture because of theft, a fire, or a natural disaster.

  • You are affected by domestic violence.

  • You have other issues that affect the health and safety of you or your family.

  • You may be required to pay back some or all the Emergency Assistance. HRA will let you know if and how much to pay back.

  • You may apply for Emergency Assistance even if you got it before. If you were asked to pay back a past grant but did not, your eligibility for a new grant may be affected.

Contact:

Crystal Dixon

NYC Benefits Coordinator/Program Supervisor

Crystald@cypresshills.org

(929) 379-3273

Marlene Rivera

NYC Benefits Counselor

Marlener@cypresshills.org

929-379-3792

SNAP

SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called the Food Stamp Program, provides support to eligible New Yorkers including individuals, families, the elderly and people with disabilities to increase their ability to purchase food. You can purchase food by using an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card where you shop.

If it is hard for you to purchase food with your current household budget, you may be eligible for SNAP. Those who meet eligibility requirements can receive a benefit to purchase nutritious foods such as fruit, vegetables, cereal, milk, eggs, meat, fish, baby formula, juice and bottled water.

Contact:

Crystal Dixon

NYC Benefits Coordinator/Program Supervisor

Crystald@cypresshills.org

(929) 379-3273

Marlene Rivera

NYC Benefits Counselor

Marlener@cypresshills.org

929-379-3792

Fair Fares

On August 20th, the MTA approved subway and bus fare increments. Fare is now $2.90, and $3.25 for a Single Ride. The Fair Fares Program was created to help low-income New Yorkers manage their transportation costs by reducing fare by half.

  • 50% discount on subway and bus rides OR Access-A-Ride (including weekly and monthly unlimited).

  • Fair Fares does not ask or require information about your immigration status.

  • If you are currently receiving Cash Assistance, you qualify for a Fair Fares MetroCard, and if you receive cash benefits, you can use your EBT card to add money to your MetroCard.

  • Requirements: Must be between the ages of 18 and 64 years old. Provide Identification, proof of address, proof of income (ex. paystubs, Social Security statement)

  • You will receive your Half Fare MetroCard in the mail in 2-3 weeks.

Close to 300,000 New Yorkers have already enrolled! Apply now!

Contact:

Crystal Dixon

NYC Benefits Coordinator/Program Supervisor

Crystald@cypresshills.org

(929) 379-3273

Marlene Rivera

NYC Benefits Counselor

Marlener@cypresshills.org

929-379-3792

Urban Gardening​

As part of a previous program to make Cypress Hills a healthy, sustainable place to live, we develop community gardens on vacant land in the community, turning blighted spaces into green and thriving ones. In partnership with East New York Farms, we work with existing gardens in Cypress Hills and East New York to expand membership and recruit volunteers, update infrastructure, and provide hands-on technical and outreach assistance.

Community Garden Locations:

The People’s Garden — 2358/2362 Pitkin Avenue - Retired

Ashford Street Abundant Garden — 330 Ashford Street

Ashford Learning Garden — 341 Ashford Street

Glenmore Grows Garden — 492-496 Glenmore Avenue

Chestnut Street Garden — 9 Chestnut Street

Farmstand

Farmstand

CHLDC manages a farmstand on Fridays July to November, which is staffed by young people from the community. The markets are affordable and provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables at their prime when they are the tastiest and most nutritious. The markets accept cash, debit, credit, and EBT. We participate in the New York City Health Bucks program. We also host cooking classes and nutrition workshops.

Schedule:

Will reopen July 2024!

Location:

3208 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11208 (Outside of Cypress Hills Senior Center; on the corner of Fulton and Richmond Street)

Contact:

732-860-8589

healthy@cypresshils.org

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Manufacturing Development

Manufacturing Development

The provision and availability of a steady, living wage job is the foundation for any community. CHLDC believes that it can leverage the significant stock of manufacturing land in the Cypress Hills /East New York community to help support existing businesses, to animate vacant and underutilized land and, perhaps most importantly, to create the types of jobs that provide a living wage and good benefits. As a result, CHLDC has made it a strategic priority to provide employment and training opportunities for community residents through the development of safe and sustainable industrial spaces.

If you are interested in finding space for your business, or would like more information about our manufacturing development initiatives, contact us.

 

Contact:

Jessica Bartolini

Division Director, Community Development

jessicab@cypresshills.org 

Retrofitting

Small home retrofits may include addressing moisture and humidity, leaky roofs and windows, damp basements, pest management, water efficiency and green cleaning.  These efforts protect the environment, improve the condition of small homes and help homeowners save on their energy bills.

We are currently not accepting any more applications to retrofit homes – please email healthyhome@cypresshills.org if you would like to be notified when this resumes.

If you’re looking for a particular service, but don’t know the name of the program, head to the “How Can We Help You?” form so a program staff member can contact you directly. 

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