Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that three NYCHA community centers will be renovated and restored to their communities using $22 million in capital funding that was shifted from the NYPD to NYCHA in the Fiscal Year 2021 Adopted Budget. A fourth center will receive expense funding for programming.
“A strong community starts with a safe place to gather,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “In June, we committed to reinvesting NYPD funds in youth and social services, and this $22 million in funding is a big step forward for NYCHA families and all New Yorkers.”
As part of the Mayor’s commitment to reinvest $450 million in NYPD capital funds into community centers, the City will use $22 million of NYPD capital funding to renovate and open three NYCHA community centers:
- Monroe – Bronx - 816 Soundview Avenue
- Sheepshead Bay – Brooklyn - 2953 Avenue X
- Wagner – Manhattan – 451 East 120th Street
A fourth NYCHA community center, Ocean Bay in Queens (339 Beach 54th Street), will receive expense funding for programming provided by the Department of Youth and Community Development.
“Community centers are hubs for meaningful connections, and allow our NYCHA families to safely access important youth and senior services. In reopening these centers, we are ensuring that vital services reach more NYCHA communities, including some that were significantly impacted by COVID-19," said Deputy Mayor Vicki Been.
“Investment in NYCHA community centers is an investment in NYCHA families. We are pleased that these centers will receive the funding they need so that our city agency partners can resume important programs and services for NYCHA youth, and all residents to enjoy,” said NYCHA Chair and CEO Greg Russ.
“Community centers are a backbone of our neighborhoods—providing young people and their families access to vital services and a safe space to keep them engaged. Renovating and re-opening these centers furthers the City’s commitment to support and empower New Yorkers with no-cost, high-quality programs that help our communities thrive,” said DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong.