New Commitment from Mayor De Blasio to Reopen Gowanus Community Center

Community residents in front of Gowanus Houses Community Center during press conference on October 4th.

We have a win!

On October 18th at the District 33 town hall, Mayor De Blasio announced that the city will fund the reopening of the Gowanus Houses Community Center and the placement of a Cornerstone Youth Program to handle programming once the center is up and running. This marks a key victory in a now 4-year old campaign to open the space once more for community use after its pivotal role as a hub for services and supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy when several buildings within Gowanus Houses lost power because of the storm.  Through Participatory Budgeting and other discretionary allocations from Council Member Stephen Levin, there exists $475,000 for physical improvements to the center that can be used immediately to make sure it is structurally sound. We still need your help to put pressure on the mayor to keep his promise! Please sign the following petition to permanently reopen the Gowanus Houses Community Center by visiting the link here. Want to get involved in what the center will look like in terms of programming when it is finally reopened? Contact Sabine Aronowsky at saronowsky@fifthave.org or (718) 237 – 2017 x117 for future updates.

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