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AFRICAN AMERICAN PLANNING COMMISSION RECEIVES $5,000 MAYOR’S OFFICE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE – CITY COUNCIL GRANT

March 18, 2019
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2019

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN PLANNING COMMISSION RECEIVES $5,000 MAYOR’S OFFICE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE – CITY COUNCIL GRANT

NEW YORK— African American Planning Commission has been designated to receive funding in the 36th Council District in FY19 under the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice – City Council Grant. A total of $5,000 has been allocated for this purpose. The grant will be used to support Domestic Violence programming and services, including case management, crisis intervention and legal services/assistance in the 36th Council District and will have a significant impact upon individuals and households affected by domestic violence.

“We have seen a tremendous surge in demand for programs and services such as ours over the last few years,” says CEO Matthew Okebiyi. “Unfortunately, our client base continues to grow. Domestic violence has no socio-economic or political boundaries. It does not recognize color, ethnicity or national origin. It affects us all. Black and white. Rich and poor. Mothers, fathers, and children. Domestic violence does not discriminate. The Grant will help us reach out to the broader community and not just those homeless clients we shelter. It is our sincere belief that if we are able to save one life, help one person get out of a domestic violence situation, or even help a teen recognize the warning signs of teen-relationship abuse, we have done our job.”

“We are very grateful to have been recognized once again for our services by New York City Councilmember Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., and for our track record in providing shelter and supportive services to men, women and children impacted by domestic violence,” said Mr. Okebiyi. “With the help of the City Council and collaboration with other peer organizations, we will be able to reach out to survivors of domestic violence and members of the community living in fear behind closed doors.”

About African American Planning Commission, Inc.

Founded in 1996, the African American Planning Commission’s mission is to address homelessness and the related issues of poverty, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, shortage of affordable housing, and unemployment in New York City. Since opening Serenity House Family Residence, a transitional shelter for homeless women (and men) fleeing domestic abuse in 2005, the shelter has housed over 1,000 head-of-households, provided infant and childcare services to over 600 dependent children affected by domestic violence, and provided over 32,000 individual counselling hours to residents. The Commission is now working on other aspects of its mission, including the development of low-income affordable, senior and supportive housing. Target tenants include low-income seniors, working adults and families, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, mental health disorders, and homeless vets.

 

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