On Saturday, June 9th the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joined HELP USA and the Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks (CTW) program in hosting a Mardi Gras Fair and Block Beautification for residents of HELP USA - New Horizons, a shelter serving families in need of transitional housing due to a fire or other emergency situations. The event took place on Amboy Street between Sutter Avenue and Blake Avenue in Brownsville, Brooklyn with shelter residents, staff and Goldman Sachs CTW volunteers working with paint and plants to enhance New Horizon’s community garden and playground areas. The fair and block beautification was sponsored by Goldman Sachs and hosted by HELP USA, a national not-for-profit organization that also manages the New Horizons property under contract to HPD. HELP USA and HPD are working to build housing for chronically homeless individuals and families.
“These families have been through a difficult, stressful time because they’ve lost their homes due to a sudden emergency situation” said HPD Commissioner Shaun Donovan. “Even as they’re getting their lives back together, many of them have been dislocated from their communities, neighbors, educational and support services. Events like these help to build a sense of community by offering an opportunity for interaction in a friendly environment.”
HELP USA – New Horizons is one of four transitional housing properties owned and financed by HPD and managed by HPD’s Emergency Housing Services Bureau (EHSB). HPD’s EHSB provides temporary housing and emergency relocation services to families displaced as a result of fires or vacate orders issued by the Department of Buildings, Fire Department or HPD Code Enforcement. Families at HELP USA – New Horizons receive on-site support services including employment training and placement, life skills education, childcare, after school programs and mentoring, and domestic violence counseling. The majority of the households in the 83 units are single, female-headed households, with an average family size of five.
“We would like to thank our good friends and long time partners at Goldman Sachs and their dedicated Community TeamWorks volunteers who give of themselves year after year. They set an inspiring example for the New Horizons residents and for the community at large,” said Larry Belinsky, President and CEO of HELP USA.
Eileen White, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs said, “This was a great day. Our people believe in what New Horizons and HPD are doing for these families and we are privileged to show our support by getting involved and working side by side with the staff and the people of this community.”
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The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development's (HPD) mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers. The department is the nation’s largest municipal housing development agency and is implementing Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan to build and preserve 165,000 units of affordable housing over ten years. The New Housing Marketplace Plan is the largest municipal affordable housing effort in the nation’s history. As part of Mayor Bloomberg’s plaNYC HPD is working to create homes for almost a million more New Yorkers by 2030 while making housing more affordable and sustainable. HPD also encourages the preservation of affordable housing through education, outreach, loan programs and enforcement of housing quality standards.
Community TeamWorks (CTW) is Goldman Sachs’ signature volunteer program that allows each employee one paid day away from work to volunteer on a team-based project with a nonprofit organization. Managed by the firm's Charitable Services Group, CTW offers innovative volunteering opportunities worldwide that make a tangible difference in our communities and that foster inter- and intra-divisional camaraderie within the firm. In 2006, the tenth anniversary of the program, over 18,000 Goldman Sachs employees at every level, as well as families and friends, partnered with 619 nonprofit organizations in 1,422 volunteer projects, including working with the elderly, building homes, mentoring youth, and preserving and restoring the beauty of our environment. For more information about this program, visit www.gs.com/ctw.