On Friday, March 1st, leaders from 20 community-based nonprofit organizations and city, state, and national agencies gathered at the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s DUMBO offices to discuss current successes and challenges related to mold remediation and removal, and physical repair and rehabilitation, in homes and small businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy in the Brooklyn communities of Canarsie, Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, Red Hook, and Sheepshead Bay.
The meeting is the first in the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s new Brooklyn Recovery Fund Convening Series, which gathers leaders to promote increased coordination and collaboration, facilitate partnerships and plans that maximize effectiveness and impact while eliminating duplication of efforts, and foster creative thinking on long-term recovery needs and opportunities.
Participants included organizations receiving Brooklyn Recovery Fund Community Rebuilding grants, totaling $1,345,000 to support physical improvements to homes and buildings. The Brooklyn Recovery Fund is a joint effort of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. It has awarded nearly $2 million to date and received more than $2.3 million in donations.
In attendance: NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Commissioner Nazli Parvizi, Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman, Brooklyn Borough President Liaison Nan Blackshear, American Red Cross of Greater New York CEO Joshua Lockwood, FEMA Voluntary Agency Specialists Edward McQuillan and Goldie Rosenberg, Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber, Brooklyn Community Foundation Chief Operating Officer Michael Burke, Brooklyn Recovery Fund Consultant Gillian Kaye, LISC NYC Senior Program Officer for Operations Eva Alligood and Program Officer Robert Beach, New York Cares Senior Director of Programs Meghan Moloney, Asian Americans for Equality Executive Director Christopher Kui, Rebuilding Together NYC Executive Director Chelsea Muller, Center for NYC Neighborhoods Executive Director Christie Peale, Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush Director Tonya Ores, Alliance for Coney Island/#ConeyRecovers’ Elijah Hutchinson, Gerritsen Beach Cares’ Nicholas Curattalo, Carroll Gardens Association Executive Director Vilma Heramia, Red Hook Volunteers’ Mike Elders, Fifth Avenue Committee Executive Director Michelle de la Uz, Director of Development Ron Zak and Director of Housing Development Heather Gershen, Astella Development Corporation Executive Director Judi Orlando, Kings Bay YM-YWHA Assistant Executive Director Kenneth Soloway, Canarsie Disaster Relief’s Debbie Tiamfook, and Brooklyn Long Term Recovery Group Chair Rev. Cheryl Anthony.
Topics for future convening series, as requested by participants, include small business assistance, economic development and job creation, foreclosure prevention, and data collection and sharing.
Breakout Sessions: Community-based Organizations Meet Individually with Relief Agencies
Canarsie: Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman, Canarsie Disaster Relief’s Debbie Tiamfook, and Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush Director Tonya Ores meet with New York Care's Meghan Moloney
Coney Island: Astella Development Corporation Executive Director Judi Orland and Alliance for Coney Island's Elijah Hutchinson meeting with NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Commissioner Nazli Parvizi
Gerritsen Beach: Gerritsen Beach Cares’ Nicholas Curattalo with FEMA representatives.
Red Hook: Carroll Gardens Association Executive Director Vilma Heramia, Red Hook Volunteers’ Mike Elders, Fifth Avenue Committee Executive Director Michelle de la Uz and Director of Housing Development Heather Gershen meet with LISC NYC's Eva Alligood and Robert Beach.
Sheepshead Bay: Kings Bay YM-YWHA Assistant Executive Director Kenneth Soloway and AAFE Executive Director Christopher Kui meet with Brooklyn Community Foundation COO Michael Burke and Red Cross Executive Director Joshua Lockwood.