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NYC invests $22 million to restore, rebuild NYCHA community centers for NYC youth

Posted at 11:02 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 11:03:24-04

NEW YORK — Nearly $22 million will be invested to rebuild and restore NYCHA community centers to provide a positive and safe space for New York City’s youth.

“We want our young people to have positive options, to have places to go that are safe and nurturing and get them on the right path and get them away from the challenges that they face,” the mayor said.

The city hopes more recreation and community centers will provide positive spaces for youth, particularly those who live in public housing.

Funding will come from the NYPD budget that was shifted to NYCHA, according to Mayor de Blasio.

Through the investment, centers will be rebuilt and restored in “key locations” across the five boroughs.

Locations include:

  • Monroe, Bronx: 816 Soundview Avenue
  • Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn: 2953 Avenue X
  • Wagner, Manhattan: 451 E. 120 Street

The Department of Youth and Community Development is also expected to receive expense funding to expand services to Ocean Bay, Queens in 339 Beach 54th Street, according to the mayor.

“All over the city, we are committed to doing what really will help young people, not only through this crisis, but on the right path in their life in general,” he said.