Citi Foundation Awards Sustainable Long Island $45,000 for Hempstead Rebirth Capacity Building Initiative

♦ Sustainable Long Island has been awarded $45,000 from the Citi Foundation in support of the Hempstead Rebirth Capacity Building Initiative.

The initiative will enable Sustainable Long Island to help expand the organizational capacity of the Hempstead-based not-for-profit, Hempstead Rebirth.

“With the generous funds from the Citi Foundation, Sustainable Long Island will aid Hempstead Rebirth in advancing its revitalization efforts within the Village of Hempstead,” said Amy Engel, executive director of Sustainable Long Island.

Hempstead Rebirth is a faith-based community development corporation that was founded in June 2000 to address the housing needs of the Village of Hempstead. Since then, Hempstead Rebirth has expanded its work beyond housing to include technical and financial support to small businesses and support of community clean-up projects.

“Citi and the Citi Foundation are proud to continue our long association with Sustainable Long Island by providing resources that will allow the organization to further its work transforming Hempstead into a model community,” said Pat Edwards, of Citi Community Development’s Long Island office.

Hempstead Rebirth will receive a finalized mission statement; staff training; an organizational management plan; prepared applications for additional funding; and new partnerships.

Hempstead Rebirth’s immediate goal is to build organizational capacity for implementing its redevelopment plan; operating as a full Community Housing Development Organization and serving as a community resource to increase affordable housing and a number of small businesses in the Village of Hempstead.

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