Foundation to fund affordable housing initiatives for nonprofits

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The Hadassah Foundation announced grants totaling $500,000 to 10 organizations in Israel and America that support women. The New York-based foundation’s new funding methodology led it to increase the grant amounts and extend them to a minimum of two-year terms. The following American organizations received funding for efforts to help women enter leadership positions in society:

  • Yeshivat Maharat
  • Jewish Women International
  • Jewish Women’s Archive and jGirls Magazine


New York state gave $3.75 million in grants to the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Auburn. The grants, which amount to $750,000 annually over five years, will support the organization’s afterschool programs at its six facilities. The news comes after the center acquired one of its facilities from the city government two months ago, the Auburn Citizen reports, and Five Star Bank committed $15,000 to the center’s youth programs. 


Lenox Hill Neighborhood House received a $13.6 million contract from the New York City Department of Homeless Services. The funding will support medical services for single adults for the organization’s Women’s Mental Health Shelter at 643 Park Ave. in Manhattan. The Legal Aid Society received a $160,000 contract for senior services through discretionary funds. The city Department of Social Services plans to enter into a negotiated extended acquisition with BronxWorks to provide non-emergency permanent congregate housing and supportive services for people living with AIDS. The department also gave $37,200 to Bellweather for website design services. Coranet received a $40,695 contract from the city Department of Youth and Community Development for security cameras and network video recorder equipment. 

Several contract award hearings are scheduled for Sep. 26. One is for a proposed $200,000 contract between the Department for the Aging and the Chinese-American Planning Council to provide a variety of services such as health management and education to the elderly. The department has another hearing scheduled for a proposed $1 million contract with Temple University to provide “tier 1 evidence-based health programs” across the city. Another hearing addresses a proposed $142,600 contract between the city Human Resources Administration and PruTech Solutions. 


Affordable housing is on the TD Charitable Foundation’s agenda. The foundation will award about $3.8 million to 30 local nonprofits to preserve, rehabilitate or expand existing affordable housing. Among other requirements, applicants for the funding should be able to demonstrate a successful history of providing affordable housing. The applications are due by Oct. 25 and award announcements are planned for early next year. 


Cayuga Community College unveiled its new childcare center in Auburn on Thursday. The college already offers programs to children aged six weeks to 12 years old, including the city’s universal pre-kindergarten. The facility will allow the childcare program to expand enrollment by about 40 children.


Correction: NYN Media removed an item that referred to a new community development corporation being created in Long Beach, New York. The new CDC referenced will be created in Long Beach, California.