The Board of Directors of Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) announced that Donald C. Eversley has joined the organization as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Eversley will be responsible for effective day-to-day implementation and management of BSDC’s organizational and programmatic strategy.
Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) is proud to announce that the organization has received approval as a housing counseling agency from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD approval demonstrates that BSDC meets or exceeds a variety of industry standards and federal guidelines in providing counseling in the areas of foreclosure prevention, pre-purchase, post-purchase, and other homeownership education.
Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) is proud to announce that Imelba Rodriguez, Senior Program Director, was selected as one of only 32 participants nation-wide in the IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color in the Social Sector. The nine-month program is administered by the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and supported by a grant from the American Express Foundation.
On January 11 2013, Kenneth Mbonu of Bridge Street Development Corporation received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC). EDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive economic development finance training series.
According to the Citizens Committee for New York City, a nonprofit organization that helps New Yorkers come together to improve quality of life in their neighborhoods, Bedford-Stuyvesant has the highest concentration of organized block associations in the entire city. The neighborhood has a long history of such associations and other forms of civic engagement.
On Saturday, May 18 more than 150 senior citizens gathered at Bridge Street’s Quincy Senior Residences for the first annual Savvy Senior Expo. Representatives from nearly 40 nonprofit organizations, city agencies, and businesses were on hand to provide information about the goods and services they provide to New York City’s senior citizens.
On February 28, 2013, board members and staff of Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) were joined by elected officials, community leaders, and project partners to celebrate the official opening of Noel Pointer Court, a brand new, 23-unit affordable housing building located at 790 Lafayette Avenue.
Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC), which has traditionally focused its programming and services in central Brooklyn with a special emphasis on Bedford Stuyvesant, is expanding its foreclosure prevention counseling to Canarsie. This initiative is made possible by a $75,000 grant from the Citi Foundation.
A historically working-class area with about 200,000 residents, Canarsie has one of the highest concentrations of one- and two-family homes in all of New York City, with 58% of households owning their own homes—the highest homeownership rate in Brooklyn.
This Sunday, April 28, Bridge Street Development Corporation, CIBS and other partners will celebrate the 4th Annual Empowerment Sunday at more than 30 participating churches in Central Brooklyn.
Clergy at participating churches will deliver a unified message of financial and spiritual empowerment while organization representatives will provide information on the free resources available to the community to help build and sustain wealth.
In a community meeting on Saturday, the Interfaith leadership and members of the Bed-Stuy Works Alliance of Block and Tenant Associations, came together to discuss how to repair and strengthen the relationship of the hospital with the surrounding community. The alliance, an organization of about 70 block and tenant associations, have been participating in once-a-month training sessions– conducted by the Bridge Street Development Association and funded by Councilman Al Vann–on how to turn their individual complaints into community-wide agendas for change.
The following profile on Bridge Street Development Corporation was published in the Fall 2012 issue of the DDC Journal.
As a faith-based non-profit organization, Bridge Street Development Corporation works to form partnerships with businesses, government agencies and other community stakeholders to offer civic and economic opportunities for central Brooklyn residents.
According to Kenneth Mbonu, the Bed-Stuy boulevard is poised for economic growth.
A lot of businesses along Malcolm X Boulevard have closed because of the recession, according to Kenneth Mbonu, director of economic development at Bridge Street Development Corporation.
In fact, before the recession, a staggering 30 percent of the buildings along Malcolm X Boulevard – a street that runs north-south along the eastern end of Bed-Stuy – were either closed down, condemned or abandoned.