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.
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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
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.”
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Fifth Avenue Committee: One-Stop Community