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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 5, 2009


MORE THAN 4,000 NEW YORKERS FROM LOW INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS PLACED IN JOBS THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS WITH COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS

Low-Income and Unemployed Workers Connected to Stable Jobs During Economic Downturn as Part of City’s Anti-Poverty Strategy and the Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan

     City is Recruiting New Community-Based Organizations to Participate

New York, May 5, 2009 - The Center for Economic Opportunity Executive Director Veronica M. White and Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh today announced the success of the Community-Based Outreach program which has placed 2,179 people in jobs so far this fiscal year and 4,279 New Yorkers in jobs since the program began in June 2007.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called the program successful and promising during a recent speech about the New York City’s anti-poverty strategy delivered at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. Launched by the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) and the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) as part of the City’s ambitious anti-poverty agenda, the program works with more than 200 community-based organizations to connect low income New Yorkers with jobs. This work supports Mayor Bloomberg’s goal of helping New Yorkers find jobs during the economic downturn under the Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan.

“CEO is thrilled to partner with SBS on many of our anti-poverty programs since we know that the best way to lift New Yorkers out of poverty is connecting people to jobs,” said Executive Director White. “Linking community-based organizations in high poverty neighborhoods to our City’s Workforce1 Career Centers is a practical and efficient way to make a positive impact on our City’s working poor population, which is part of CEO’s mission.”

The Community Based Organization Outreach initiative uses special community outreach teams to coordinate appropriate referrals to the NYC Workforce1 Career Centers in Queens, Brooklyn, and Bronx for job placements. The initiative benefits jobseekers, community organizations and businesses seeking qualified employees. It also strengthens the City’s workforce system by building stronger partnerships with local organizations that are already providing services to unemployed and low-income New Yorkers on a daily basis. And, once placed in jobs, individuals can continue to receive valuable services at the Workforce1 Career Centers to obtain additional skills that may help them to advance in their careers.

“It is important to have a strong connection to community-based organizations because they have a keen understanding of our city’s neighborhoods and a direct relationship with New Yorkers in need,” said SBS Commissioner Walsh.

Community-based organizations typically serve a diverse population in their communities, including immigrants, low-income individuals, persons with disabilities, veterans and ex-offenders, among other groups. Community-based organizations interested in working with the City in its effort to place New Yorkers in jobs can call 311 and ask for a Workfore1 Career Center.

About the Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan
The Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan is a comprehensive strategy to bring New York City through the current economic downturn as fast as possible. It focuses on three major areas: creating jobs for New Yorkers today, implementing a long-term vision for growing the city's economy, and building affordable, attractive neighborhoods in every borough. Taken together, the initiatives that the City has launched to achieve these goals will generate thousands of jobs and put New York City on a path to economic recovery and growth.

About The Center for Economic Opportunity:
The Center for Economic Opportunity was established by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006 to implement innovative ways to reduce poverty in New York City. Led by Executive Director Veronica White and supported by a combination of public and private funds, the Center for Economic Opportunity works with City agencies to design and implement evidence-based initiatives aimed at poverty reduction. The Center manages an Innovation Fund through which it provides City agencies annual funding to implement such initiatives and also oversees a rigorous evaluation of each to determine which are successful in demonstrating results towards reducing poverty and increasing self sufficiency among New Yorkers. For more information about all of CEO’s initiatives, go to www.nyc.gov/ceo  

About The Department of Small Business Services
The Department of Small Business Services (SBS) makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. NYC Workforce1 Career Centers offer services to meet the needs of all jobseekers, including one-on-one job and career counseling, technical and educational services, workshops, and referrals to training providers. For more information on all of SBS’ services go to www.nyc.gov/sbs.



  Contact:
Kathleen Carlson (CEO) 212/788-8949

Laura Postiglione (SBS) 212/513-6318
 

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