In East New York, we worked closely with the Coalition for Community Advancement: Progress for East New York/Cypress Hills Community Plan, which is staffed by Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation and includes a broad array of local community-based groups including: Arts East New York, Muhammad Mosque 7c, North Brooklyn YMCA, Sabaoth Group, United Community Centers, COFAITH Church, Linden Plaza Tenants Association and other local houses of worship, residents, and business owners.

As the first neighborhood targeted in Mayor de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Plan, the Coalition organized quickly and, with support from Hester Street and their fellow technical assistance providers, was able to organize a series of public meetings, conduct a variety of analyses and research on existing conditions and needs, and develop recommendations. The result of these activities was the release of their alternative community plan in August 2015.