Our goal is to raise $20K by January 30th to pay for the move. A generous donor, the Sparkplug Foundation, has offered a match of $10K, so we have $10K to go! This includes some build out, wiring for computers and phones, packing materials and a truck rental. Your giving is essential to help secure a new home with a long term lease for Picture the Homeless.
With your help, we can make this happen! As a city-wide organization it's important that we are more accessible to all 5 boroughs with a more central location. We love the Bronx and will only be 1 subway stop away! But this move puts us steps away from major bus service to Queens, the 4/5/6 trains and much easier access to Brooklyn and Staten Island, as well as all of Upper Manhattan which is in the throes of gentrification. It's been a challenge for members in shelters in the BK, Queens and much of Manhattan to come to the office when most shelters have curfews - some fairly early at night.
And when it comes to homelessness, the intersection of 125th and Lexington is an incredibly crucial spot. It's the main stop for the M35 bus, the only way off of Ward's Island for the 1,000+ people who are placed in shelter there. It's the site of the Pathmark recycling machines, a heavily used redemption site for hundreds of men and women who make a living picking up recyclable bottles and cans. It's ground zero for countless kinds of "underground economy" jobs... and, because of all these things, it's become a flash point for civil rights conflict; gentrification pressures have resulted in this area being heavily policed for many years.
We are really excited to be back in E Harlem/El Barrio because that is the center of our Community Land trust work; organizing homeless people and low-income tenants, and cooperative shareholders to collectively develop a community development agenda that stops displacement while creating new housing and decent-paying jobs.
So no amount is too small or too big!
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