PROGRAMS and SERVICES
- Development and Maintenance of Affordable Housing: CGA has developed over 500 units of affordable housing and currently maintains 150 affordable rental units with nearly 375 low-income residents. CGA’s affordable housing units are located in the Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, and Red Hook neighborhoods. As the biggest affordable housing provider in Red Hook outside NYCHA, CGA continues to plan new affordable housing in the neighborhood. CGA’s expanded mission allows the organization to plan and develop affordable housing where opportunities are available.
- Housing Education and Advocacy: Along with assisting CGA tenants, the organization has served as a resource center for over 1,000 residents annually across Brooklyn looking for housing assistance and community resources. From connecting seniors to secure home services, helping tenants navigate public assistance applications, referring residents facing eviction to legal and financial partners, CGA has a range of experience working with distressed tenants. Our one-on-one counseling is supplemented by education programs including ‘Know Your Rights’ and ‘How to Apply for Affordable Housing’ workshops. Expanding the commitment to promoting affordable housing, CGA is active in several borough and city-wide coalitions advocating for policy change, permanent affordability, and a mix of incomes in our communities.
COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- Worker Cooperative Development: CGA is currently organizing nannies in the Southwest Brooklyn community to incubate the first child care worker cooperative in Brooklyn Community Board 6, with the purpose of empowering minority and immigrant women and developing sustainable wage jobs. CGA is receiving training and technical assistance from the Center for Family Life. The organization is also partnering with the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) in conducting outreach and training to child care workers, as well as Hand-in-Hand to educate employers of domestic workers and parents concerning domestic workers’ rights.
- Workforce Development: CGA has built an excellent reputation as a provider of free computer training classes to community residents, the unemployed, seniors, veterans, minorities, and immigrants since 2011. In addition to free computer training on Microsoft Office and basic computer skills, CGA offers Resumé Workshops to improve access to employment opportunities.
- Community Events: As part of our efforts to promote Southwest Brooklyn as an attractive business and residential location, CGA organizes activities that add to the vibrancy of our community and bring neighbors together. These include the Annual Columbia Waterfront Fall Festival, as well as the Annual Toy Drive and Tree Lighting Ceremony.
- Sanctuary Homes: The Carroll Gardens Association is partnering with Hand in Hand and #GetOrganizedBK to organize Carroll Gardens into a Sanctuary Community, bringing together neighbors, faith based groups, and local businesses, to protect and support immigrant workers and other targeted groups in our community. Email Ben at email@example.com or call us at 718-243-9301 to get involved!
- Domestic Worker Resources: Our space is open to any domestic worker in the area to relax and learn more about what resources are available to them. We also host trainings for nannies in the neighborhood and are an affiliate with the National Domestic Workers Alliance.