HELP FOR HOPE

 EMPOWERMENT ZONE AWARDS $100,000 GRANT TO EAST HARLEM’S
HOPE COMMUNITY, INC.

 

                New York, N.Y.As Upper Manhattan continues its social and economic renaissance, community organizations are working to further improve neighborhoods within the areas they serve.  That’s why, yesterday, Thursday, May 29, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corp. (UMEZ) was pleased to award a $100,000 grant to Hope Community, Inc. to be used in combination with a New York State grant, as well as other State and local funding to implement a building, façade and streetscape improvement program in East Harlem.

 “This grant demonstrates our continuing commitment to the economic, social and cultural revitalization of East Harlem,” said Kenneth J. Knuckles, UMEZ’s President & CEO. “When work is completed on this and other projects, residents and visitors, alike, will find that East Harlem is truly an exciting and beautiful place to live, work or visit.”          

             The Main Street grant area lies along Lexington Avenue from East 102nd Street to 105th Street and East 103rd Street to East 104th Street between Park and Third Avenues.  There are approximately 67 buildings with residential units and approximately 35 commercial storefronts in the target area.   Under this initiative, vacant commercial and residential units will be renovated, façade improvements will be made and various streetscape amenities will be installed. The overall goal of the new initiative is to continue the transformation of what has been called East Harlem’s “Gateway” into a vibrant and thriving location for tourism, as well as place of beauty for local residents.    

 Robin LeBaron, Hope Community Inc.’s Executive Director, said, “Hope’s Main Street program will provide opportunities for small local business and property owners in the East Harlem Gateway area to benefit from the redevelopment of the neighborhood. This project reflects our commitment to revitalizing East Harlem through strategies that support long-term local residents and businesses. We are honored by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone’s support for this important initiative.”

 

 
ABOUT UMEZ:

 UMEZ was one of nine federally designated urban zones in 1994, and seeks to revitalize economically deprived communities by using public funds and tax incentives as catalysts for private investment.  UMEZ’s mission is to sustain the economic and cultural revitalization of all communities of Upper Manhattan through corporate alliances; strategic investments in businesses, as well as cultural institutions, organizations and individuals; and job creation.

 
ABOUT HOPE COMMUNITY, INC.:

Hope Community, Inc. was founded in 1968 when a grassroots group of East Harlem residents banded together to preserve their block on East 104th Street. Collectively they purchased and renovated an abandoned tenement, converting it into eight attractive, affordable apartments. Thirty-five years later Hope has grown into one of New York's most dynamic community development and preservation organizations.

Hope Community is committed to building better communities and enriching the lives of the people who live and work within them. With New York City's East Harlem (First Avenue to Fifth Ave, between East 96th Street and East 143rd Street) as its focus.  It sponsors, constructs, and operates affordable rental housing and sponsor homeownership opportunities. Through the creation of new and revitalized commercial spaces, it encourages the growth and success of neighborhood businesses.

 

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