St. Nicks Alliance has alliance in its name for good reason, and this word could be considered the most important part of the organization’s name. This organization was formed by community coming together to help those who lost their homes in a 1975 fire that took out a row of buildings on Powers Street. Since then St. Nicks Alliance’s alliances have consistently multiplied.
“Tonight we are celebrating the power of partnerships. When we share effort, we have greater impact. Together with our partners, we are changing the way affordable housing is developed, creating more effective pathways to school success, eliminating barriers to
employment and career opportunities in the rapidly growing sectors of the economy, and ensuring that seniors can enjoy fulfilling and secure lives access to affordable healthcare in the neighborhoods they have always called home,” said Michael Rochford, St. Nicks Alliance Exec. Dir.
Highlights of the organization’s accomplishments were: 524 new affordable apartments created/preserved; a 48% increase in Swinging Sixties Membership (a 33% increase in the ridership on their Swinging Sixties Senior Bus); 8000 North Brooklyn youth served (1,600 more than 2018); an 11% increase in those served by Workforce Development and 95 graduates from their Skilled Build training have been placed in construction jobs this year, a 90% placement rate!
The organization honored the Low Income Investment Fund for its supported efforts to create and preserve 78,000 units of affordable housing; 271,000 child care spaces; 98,000 spaces in schools; and 36 million square feet of community facilities and commercial space.
Council Member Antonio Reynoso was also honored for his overall dedication to the North Brooklyn community. His efforts have helped save affordable housing, child care and senior centers, and he has brought about waste equity plans that will ease North Brooklyn’s disproportionate trash burden.