BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARIES TAKE PART IN MAYOR'S HOUSING INITIATIVE

February 16, 2005

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARIES TAKE PART IN MAYOR’S HOUSING INITIATIVE
Area Libraries Receive Housing Books and Information

Brooklyn New York, February 15, 2005 – Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) Executive Director Ginnie Cooper joined city officials to announce a new initiative to provide residents with housing information in Bushwick. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Shaun Donovan, and New York State Assembly Housing Committee Chairman Vito J. Lopez gathered with over 100 area residents at the St. Joseph Patron Church in Bushwick to discuss the educational initiative.

The pilot program, dubbed the "Bushwick Initiative," is designed to help preserve residential housing, plan for appropriate development of remaining vacant land, and stimulate commercial development in a 23-square-block area adjacent to Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Over the next two years, HPD and the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen's Council will work with community residents, building owners, local organizations, the Police Department, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Department of Small Business Services to improve the quality of existing housing, combat housing-based drug activities, and attract private investment in the area.

"Brooklyn Public Library is thrilled to support the Bushwick Initiative," said Executive Director Ginnie Cooper. "We are working so that renters and homeowners in this area will have the books and resources that they need to build an even better and stronger Bushwick."

To broaden outreach efforts, information about HPD's programs and services - including lead abatement - is now available in English and Spanish at three Brooklyn Public Libraries in Bushwick: DeKalb Library (790 Bushwick Avenue), Bushwick Library (340 Bushwick Avenue), and Washington Irving Library (360 Irving Avenue). In addition to this literature, HPD presented each the these libraries with eleven housing-related books including The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs and My House, Mi Casa by Rebecca Emberley.

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