Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's mission is to improve the quality of life for residents of Central Brooklyn neighborhoods Bedford Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill/Brownsville, and Crown Heights. Through a full spectrum of programming encompassing affordable housing, workforce development, commercial revitalization, education and the arts, Restoration works with residents and business owners to transform the neighborhood into a vibrant and economically viable destination while empowering individuals to become economically self sufficient.
Restoration has a 44 year track record of addressing the needs of Central Brooklyn families, driving community-wide partnerships, managing large scale initiatives, and providing a full complement of services including housing, workforce development, family and youth services, financial literacy and the arts. We've brought some $475 million in public and private investments to Central Brooklyn, placed 20,000 adults and youth in jobs and have been responsible for the construction and renovation of 2,200 units of housing. We also preserve and renew the rich cultural legacy of our community through our Center for Arts and Culture which continues to bring quality artistic instruction and performances to Central BRooklyn through our Skylight Gallery, Youth Arts Academy and residency partners the Noel POinter Foundation, Balance Dance Theatre and Evidence Dance Company and our very own Billie Holiday Theatre. Restoraiton is founder and leadingpartner in the Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford Stuyvesant (CIBS) and chairs CIBS' workforce and asset building network. We are also routinely selected by the City to manage high profile initiatives such as the Brooklyn Financeial Empowerment Center where we have provided over 4,000 financial counselling sessions, helping residents reduce debt, manage credit and access critical banking services. Other recent accomplishments include: Over the past two years we've helped some 3,000 individuals take control of their finances at our Financial Empowerment Center while also delivering over $2.2 million in benefits to low income families and placing close to 400 in jobs and internships. We successfully partnered with BRP Development and Goldman Sachs on The Bradford, an innovative mixed use mixed income development creating 9,500 sf of commercial space and 105 residential units reserved for families making as low as 28% and as high as 130% of AMI. We served 132 high schools seniors over the past four years, helping 90% graduate and 82% enroll in college. We weatherized close to 1,000 homes in the past year, reducing energy costs and improving health conditions for low income households.
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