2013-06-07 / Community

Public Hearing For Rockaway Funding

In late May, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Jeanne Mullgrav announced a series of public hearings in all five boroughs on the allocation of federally funded Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding to support community based human services programs and combat poverty.

On Saturday, June 15th, at 4 p.m. the public is invited to one such hearing that will directly affect the Rockaways, to be held at Elmhurst Hospital.

The hearing will concern grants for Neighborhood Development Area (NDA) 14, which includes the peninsula from about the Cross Bay Bridge east to the Nassau Expressway and extends northward in Far Rockaway to about Mott Basin and Redfern Avenue.

Residents who are unsure if they live within NDA 14 can call the DYCD Neighborhood Advisory Board Liaison Unit at 212-442-5880.

Neighborhood Advisory Boards or NAB’s are comprised of residents who are appointed by DYCD and elected officials and help identify the service needs of their local communities, a process which guides the City in its allocation of federal CSBG funding. NDA initiatives include programs for middle school- and high school-aged youth, seniors, housing, immigration, adult literacy, and healthy families.

“These public hearings are a great opportunity for concerned residents of lowincome communities to participate in the decision-making process, and make their voices heard about where and how these precious resources should be distributed,” said Mullgrav

Each public hearing is for a specifically designated 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.

Elmhurst Hospital is located at 79-01 Broadway in Elmhurst and is near public transportation.

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