1) PRESS CONFERENCE ON FEB. 19TH
The Cooper Square Committee is engaging in a Community Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning Process and will be issuing our new 3-Year Strategic Plan by May, 2009. Since starting this undertaking last Fall, we have done the following:
- Conducted in person and online surveys of 180 community residents, business owners and stakeholders (findings will be in our Strategic Plan).
- Held Strategic Planning Workshops on January 17th and February 28th. They were attended by a total of 55 people. The three areas that stakeholders chose to focus on were 1) preserving and developing affordable housing in our community; 2) promoting the greening of the community, particularly the housing stock; and 3) developing a new generation of younger leadership between the ages of 21 and 45 who are significantly underrepresented in the political process.
The Strategic Planning Report will highlight the community needs that have been identified, restate our mission statement, describe our strategic goals, propose changes to our programs and services, identify program outcomes and measures of success, production goals, and the level of resources need to implement our programs effectively.
The Cooper Square Committee is happy to announce that we have been awarded a 3 year Housing Program grant by the NYC Dept. of Youth and Community Development, beggining July 1st. The $52,800 per year contract will help fund part of the salaries of our 2 full time Housing Specialists who work to prevent evictions, organize tenants, and preserve the local affordable housing stock.
The Cooper Square Committee will be celebrating our 50th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 22nd. The location of the event is to be determined. We are in the process of lining up sponsors. Sponsors will include activists, writers, elected officials and community minded corporations. Please save the date! If you’d like to get involved in our planning committee, contact Daniel Weinberg at 212-228-8210. We will be sending out invites this Summer.
Cooper Square Committee’s storefront at 59-61 E. 4th St. has recently undergone a $70,000 renovation. The work was paid for with funds from Main Street funds from the NYS Housing Trust Fund, the JM Kaplan Fund, and private funds matched by our building, which is owned by a consortium of non-profits.
To get more information about upcoming Cooper Square Committee activities, you can join the Cooper Square Committee group on Facebook. We regularly update upcoming events on that group. We are in the process of substantially revising our website, and it will contain community updates, links to articles and other features.
Friends of Cooper Square are participating in AIDS WALK NEW YORK on Sunday, May 17th. To join our team, go to www.aidswalk.net and register. You can select our team when you register online. Or you can call (212) 807-WALK (9255) and tell them your team # is 4734 when you call. We hope you can join us to raise funds for people living with HIV/AIDS.