PRESS RELEASES

HOPE COMMUNITY'S LATEST PRESS RELEASES

Hope Community, Inc. Partners with Project Enterprise

 
East Harlem, New York- April 22, 2016- We at Hope Community Inc. are pleased to announce a partnership with Project Enterprise Inc.  Project Enterprise is a non-profit organization focused on providing business training, technical support, microloans, peer support, access to markets, networking opportunities, pro bono legal and other vital services to small businesses and independent entrepreneurs. This newly formalized partnership will allow us to provide our residents and the East Harlem community with the tools needed to thrive in the small business marketplace.
With the affiliation, Hope Community will be gaining a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which will enable us to support economic sustainability throughout our residential portfolio and beyond. Project Enterprise will be moving to 333 East 119th Street on March 4th and gaining the back end administrative support of Hope Community. Both organizations will be working closely to provide essential services needed by so many residents in under resourced neighborhoods such as East Harlem.
 
“Project Enterprise looks forward to supporting businesses in Harlem and in the Bronx by providing access to quality business education, networks, capital and markets. We believe that there are a lot of great businesses and entrepreneurs in both Harlem and the Bronx with tremendous potential to scale, build wealth within their communities and to create jobs and Project Enterprise will be at the forefront to make sure they have access to everything they need to be able to accomplish those objectives.” Lloyd Cambridge (Interim Executive Director Project Enterprise)  

Project Enterprise
Address: 333 East 119th Street, New York, NY, 10029
Phone:  917-819-3182
Email Address: lcambridge@projectenterprise.org
Website: www.projectenterprise.org
Social Media: facebook.com/projectenterprise1996
 
###

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Two Shades of Green

On June 11, 2015 Hope hosted an event to celebrate the completion of a project to incorporate “Green” features at one of our buildings. 
 
The goals of the project, Two Shades of Green are:
1. Energy and Water conservation:
a. measure and track energy usage, identify energy saving opportunities and reduce energy use and bills
b. conserve water, reduce bills, identify and fix leaks to control asthma triggers (e.g. moisture, mold).
 
2. Safe pest control: seal holes to prevent pest entry, identify and fix leaks, and minimize access to food sources to control asthma. And reduce exposure to pesticides, using lowest toxicity
pesticides and most precise application method to prevent poisonings.
 
3. Smoke-free housing: reduce resident exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, reduce fire risk, and lower turn-over costs through smoke-free housing policies.
 
4. Active design: support active living of residents through low-cost modifications and add-ons to buildings and surroundings.
 
5. Green cleaning: reduce resident and maintenance worker exposure to harmful chemicals by using cost-effective and safe green cleaning products.
 
The feature building is 129 East 123rd Street. It is an elevator building and to encourage the tenants to be more active and use the stairs, a mural was created and with the help of Creative Arts Works installed in the stairwell.
 
The tenants voted to make their building entirely smoke-free.  This is a growing trend in Hope buildings and The City of New York is giving Hope Community an award for participating in the Smoke Free Campaign.
 
I hope you will come to our celebration on Thursday June 11th at 6:00 pm.  We will reveal the mural and hold a small ceremony in our garden on 123rd and Lexington Avenue behind 2023 Lexington Ave.
 
Please join us for this festive celebration to honor Hope Community’s collaborative work to create a new mural that encourages physical activity and smoke-free housing to promote cleaner, healthier air at home!
 
Best
Walter

Posted on June 11, 2015

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Helping Residents During A Difficult Time
 
The gas explosion that took place on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, was a terrible tragedy for the East Harlem Community. The two structures that exploded on Park Avenue between 116 Street and 117 Street (1644 and 1646) left seven dead and over 70 injured with many unaccounted for. Our hearts go out to the families affected by this terrible tragedy.
 
Many of the surrounding buildings have been severely affected by this terrible event as well, including the residents of Hope Community’s The Calvert Apartments at 1642 Park Avenue. The four families that resided in this building have been displaced. Due to the explosion their homes suffered both fire and water damage. The explosion caused a fire on the roof, windows to implode and water damage as a result of extinguishing the neighboring fire. According to the New York City Fire Department Hope and co-owner, The Blue Stone Organization will not have access to inspect the actual damage until next week. Because of this, we are not yet clear when the residents will be able to return to their apartment homes.
 
Hope Community, Inc. has assisted in temporarily relocating these families and has provided them with much needed resources including: household items, clothing, food and other basic necessities. In the days to come these families will need to replenish some of these items. Clearly all the affected families need assistance in recovering from this tragedy, rebuilding their lives and reestablishing themselves within the community.  To that end, Hope Community supports Hunter College in their expedient efforts to establish the Hunter Supports East Harlem Fund. To make a donation please visit:  https://community.hunter.cuny.edu/huntersupporteastharlem .  For further assistance please contact Hope Community, Inc. at 212-860-8821.
 
We would like to thank Community Board 11 for all their efforts during this time. We would also like to thank Patsy’s for providing meals, Regine's for donating gift certificates and Target for the generous support towards purchases made for the residents. These groups have displayed the true definition of community. Again, our hearts go out to everyone affected by this terrible event.
 
Posted on: March 14, 2014
 
2011 El Barrio Week Kicks Off
 
El Barrio Today Arts Cluster and the East Harlem Restaurant and Bar Association bring you “El Barrio Week” June 1st to the 14th, 2011 – 14 Days of Fun, Flavor, Art, Culture and Tradition in El Barrio!.