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September25,2009

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needed — but the process of getting helpshould not be an insurmountable hurdle initself. Community service organizationsthat can serve as “one-stop shops” for economic empowerment can meet thisneed.Brenda was connected with just such anorganization — the Fifth Avenue Committee(FAC), which serves the communities of South Brooklyn — when she noticed one of the organization’s flyers posted in her neighborhood. FAC, through its WorkforceDevelopment program, was doingemployment outreach to residents of RedHook — one of New York City’s mostdisadvantaged communities — to fill 200 jobs at the neighborhood’s new FairwayMarket. FAC is affiliated with BrooklynWorkforce Innovations, an award-winning,non-profit organization that provides sector-based job training and placement for thosewith significant barriers to employment.FAC has trained and placed low- andmoderate-income residents in thousands of  jobs.With FAC’s help, Brenda landed a union jobat Fairway. At the time, Brenda was living in publichousing. FAC, she learned, also has an Affordable Housing program, through whichit develops, preserves, and manages safe,affordable, high-quality housing in thecommunities of South Brooklyn, with anemphasis on organizing residents for ownership and control of their homes.
This compelling story on the highimpact work of the Fifth AvenueCommittee, one of ANHD’s 98 members, is made possible by Citibank’s support of the ANHD INC Reader.
n 2006, Brenda Manuel hoped toget a solid handhold on the career ladder but was hampered by thedemands of multiple, low-paying jobs,which made it hard to get thenecessary education and skills training.The difficulty was compounded by alack of adequate housing and childcare, byproducts of her income andcredit situation.Many low-income members of thecommunity face these kinds of overlapping, mutually-reinforcingeconomic challenges. Particularly inthis unstable economy, help is sorely
Brenda Manuel 
FAC's affordable housing initiativesinclude both first-time homebuyer andaffordable rental projects, in which theorganization works with governmentagencies to renovate and preservehistoric properties and to developsupportive housing opportunities for the formerly homeless and for individuals with special needs — allwhile utilizing sustainable developmentand management practices. FAC alsodevelops community facilities andcommercial space for locally-ownedsmall businesses. Over nearly 30years of operation, FAC has createdmore than 600 units of affordablehousing and has brought in more than$50 million in direct investments for community development.Brenda told FAC’s HousingDevelopment staff, “"I want to makemy kids' life beautiful. My parents didit for me, and I want to do it for them.”
Managing Leanand Green:Basics of Energy Efficiency 
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Resources and Notices....................4Calendar of Events..........................6Job Listings ....................................8
September 25, 2009 Volume XXXIV, Number 20
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Fifth Avenue Committee: One-Stop Community
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INVESTING INAFFORDABLE HOUSINGWITH OUR NONPROFIT PARTNERS
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With secure, living-wage employment and help from FAC, Brendatook steps to realize her dream of a new home for her family. Sheentered the lottery for FAC's new Red Hook Homes development,and was one of the people selected among the 4,500 applicantsfor a new apartment.Now on stable footing, Brenda has begun to climb the career ladder with a move to a new, even better job.FAC also helps create economic opportunities for residents of South Brooklyn through education, skills development andadvocacy. In the coming year, the organization expects to providemore than 400 individuals with classes through its Adult Educationprogram. FAC’s Developing Justice program will work with morethan 80 individuals returning from prison, to help reintegrate theminto the workforce through education, skills development,employment and affordable housing. And the Organizing and Advocacy program develops collective strength to confrontcommunity problems such as displacement, unhealthy housingconditions and substandard wages.By developing long-term relationships with community residentslike Brenda and offering them help at each step of the path toprogress, FAC is helping to sustain vibrant and diversecommunities in South Brooklyn.Brenda, for her part, wants to express her empowerment andcommunity spirit by joining the Red Hook Homes co-op board, sothat she can help to create community policy and set an exampleof leadership for her children.
Boiler / Energy ConservationCourse
October 13 - November 19, 2009Tuesday & Thursday Evenings (6 weeks)6:30 - 8:30pmHartley House413 West 46th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)For more information, contact HCC at:(212) 541-5996. To Register, e-mail:pwh@hcc-nyc.org 
Save the Date for ANHDsAnnual Meeting!
Thursday, November 12, 20094:30 - 7:00pmBubble Lounge228 W. Broadway (btw. Franklin & White)Please join us to mingle with friends in thehousing movement, welcolme new ANHDBoard Members, and celebrate our victoriesover the past year. We will be serving food,drink, and lively conversation.
 
September 25, 2009Volume XXXIV, Number 20
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