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Yonkers Community Celebrates Grant Award

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Blog, Events | 0 comments



Community gathers to celebrate award of funds to plan for transformation of Croton Heights/ Cottage Place Gardens Neighborhood

Nepperhan Community Center,  March. 15, 2013 — Community Voices Heard (CVH), a member organization
that organizes low-income residents in Yonkers, NY around the issues of access to good jobs, neighborhood safety and affordable housing,
hosted a celebration for the award of the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant. The City of Yonkers along with the Municipal Housing Authority of Yonkers (MHACY) and The Community Builders have been awarded $300,000 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant to support the development of a comprehensive neighborhood transformation plan in the Croton Heights/Cottage Place Gardens neighborhood. Yonkers is one of 17 municipalities from across the nation that was awarded the grant.


MHACY Executive Director Joe Shuldiner attended the event and spoke about the initiative providing a wonderful jump-start for the neighborhood and an opportunity to expand revitalization to the Warburton and Ashburton neighborhoods. Approximately 50 residents from the target neighborhood attended the celebration event held Friday evening at Nepperhan Community Center. Community members learned about Choice Neighborhoods initiatives, participated in surveys and had fun dancing and playing games. Community Member Sandra Jones stated “This is an exciting process! I was able to come to a party and learn about Choice Neighborhoods. I am going to attend more meetings and bring my neighbors with me.” Several elected officials including Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Council Member Chris Johnson, Council Member Michael Sabatino and Robert Voorhis from Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer’s office attended this celebration. Council Member Chris Johnson motivated the crowd with his message, “The only way we will have a neighborhood that everyone can be proud of is if the community participates.”



The next Choice Neighborhoods event will be a community cookout with health screenings in late spring in Cottage Place Gardens. Visit www.chooseyonkers.org for updates on the Choice Neighborhood planning process, events, and ways to get involved. For questions on the Choice Neighborhoods planning process call Yonkers Choice Neighborhoods Planning Coordinator Jarnell Bonds, at 443.393.3870 or Juanita Lewis of Community Voices Heard at 914.751.2641.