Administrative Office:

 

625 Jamaica Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11208-1203

Phone: (718) 647-2800

Fax: (718) 647-2805

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Building Community. Growing Leaders.

We strive to increase affordable housing in Cypress Hills, and make Cypress Hills a healthier and more energy efficient community.

Contact: Stephanie Becker

Director of Community Development
2966 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11208-1009
(917) 893-8801

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, no-interest, or even forgivable, loans to convert their basement or cellar into a safe, legal, and rentable apartments.

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.

 

HOW TO APPLY

This is a time-limited program and up to 40 homeowners in Community District 5 will be selected. The date to express interest in the program was May 31st. If you received a letter from us or the City's Public Engagement Unit please call us at 347-713-4911.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

 

La versión en espanol de este formulario está aqui 

 

and visit this website: www.nyc.gov/basementconversion.

Contact:

Camila Jordan

Program Director, Basement Apartment Conversion Pilot Program

2685 Pitkin Avenue - Storefront

11208 Brooklyn, NY 

347-713-4911x103

East New York BASE (Basement Apartments Safe for Everyone)

 

Cypress Hills Verde

Cypress Hills Verde is an initiative to make Cypress Hills a greener, healthier, more sustainable place to live. Verde improves the quality of life in Cypress Hills by expanding community gardens and creating other green spaces, increasing access to healthy food and exercise, and encouraging residents to advocate for healthy food access in the neighborhood.

 

Urban Gardening

 

As part of our efforts 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

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

Fresh Food Markets

CHLDC manages the Friday Youthmarket, which is 

staffed by young people. The markets are affordable and provide

access to fresh fruits and vegetables at their prime when

they are the tastiest and most nutritious. The market

accept cash, debit, credit, and EBT. They distribute $2

Health Bucks for every $5 spent using EBT and to each

participant who attends a cooking class or nutrition

workshop.

This year our Youthmarket opened on July 12 and will be open on Fridays from 10am-5pm until November 22.  It will feature fresh, locally grown produce, nutrition education, SNAP enrollment assistance, voter registration, and a CHLDC resource table. See the flyer below for more details.

FRESH FOOD MARKET SCHEDULES!

Note: Pitkin Verde's Farmer Market

Cypress Hills Youthmarket

Our Pitkin Verde Farmers' Market will not be in operation for the 2019 cycle. Thank you so much for your support throughout the years. 

Fridays from 10am-5pm
July 12, 2019 – November 22, 2019

In front of the Cypress Hills Senior Center
3208 Fulton St (at the corner of Richmond)

 

SNAP (Supplement Nutrition Program)

Affordable Housing

Our affordable housing work is critical to fulfilling our mission. Since 1990, CHLDC has built approximately 400 affordable housing units across the neighborhood and brought nearly $100 million of affordable housing investment to the Cypress Hills / East New York community. This work includes new rental and condominiums developments, as well as gut renovations of rental properties and owner-occupied homes. We are strong advocates of permanent and deep affordability. Nearly all of our units are built for households making below 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), and a third of those apartments are for very low and extremely low income households. We hold our development projects to high standards of environmental stewardship. In this way, we ensure that the residents of our properties live in homes that are healthy and safe.

SNAP, the New York State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the new name for the food stamp program. SNAP benefits help low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families healthy food.

 

SNAP issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used like cash at authorized retail food stores and participating farmers markets. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income, assets and other factors.

 

CHLDC is assisting residents with the SNAP application (New York State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) process through the Access NYC portal. For assistance in completing the online application as a first-time applicant or as someone who is re-certifying, please contact us at (917) 893-8801, Ext. 215 or email healthy@cypresshills.org 

Manufacturing Development

 
 

Contact:

healthy@cypresshills.org
(917) 893-8801 x213

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:

Stephanie Becker

Director, Community Development
stephanieb@cypresshills.org
(917) 893-8801 x.217

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.