2013-05-17 / Top Stories

DYCD Announces Public Hearings To Combat Poverty

The NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Jeanne Mullgrav announced a series of public hearings in all five boroughs on the allocation of federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding to support community based human services programs. The Queens hearings will be held at Elmhurst Hospital between June 1st and June 15th (see schedule below).

Low-income neighborhoods designated as eligible for CSBG funding are called Neighborhood Development Areas (NDAs), and are represented by Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NABs), comprised of residents who are appointed by DYCD and elected officials. NABs identify the service needs of their local communities, a process which guides the City in its allocation of federal CSBG funding. DYCD oversees a wide range of NDA initiatives, including programs for middle school- and high school-aged youth, seniors, housing, immigration, adult literacy, and healthy families.

“The Community Services Block Grant is unique among programs combating poverty in that the law requires the input of the neighborhoods served,” said DYCD Commissioner Mullgrav. “These public hearings are a great opportunity for concerned residents of low-income communities to participate in the decision-making process, and make their voices heard about where and how these precious resources should be distributed.”

Commissioner Mullgrav also encouraged interested residents to join their local NAB by contacting the DYCD Neighborhood Advisory Board Liaison Unit at 212-442-5880. Residents also can call for more information on the upcoming hearings and to determine whether they live in an NDA.

Each public hearing is assigned a specific Neighborhood Development Area, and only testimony from residents living in that designated Area will be accepted. Testimony will be limited to a maximum of two to three minutes per speaker.

The June 15th hearing at 4:00 p.m. for Neighborhood Development Area 14 (which encompasses the peninsula from approximately the Cross Bay Bridge east to the Nassau Expressway, its northern edge in Far Rockaway at about Motts Basin and Redfern Avenue) will be held at Elmhurst Hospital, but is specifically designated for residents who live in that NDA.

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