Seeds For Success
Foundation for the Future
In 2017, FoMH’s founders, Pete Eikenberry and Dr. Bonnie Nuzum met with U.S. Congresswoman Nydia Velàzquez and her staff to facilitate connections with Marcy Houses resident leaders and community partners. They had been inspired by a presentation delivered by Cecilia Clark, the President of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, describing adverse community experiences and statistics which were negatively impacting life outcomes of the youth and families in Marcy Houses, NYCHA development. From these conversations, the idea for Friends of Marcy Houses was formed and a mission statement backed by research based program guidelines were established. A diverse board of directors was assembled.
Marcy Houses is a New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) project built in 1949. It has 27 six-story buildings with 1,705 apartments housing 4,200 residents on 28 acres in an isolated area of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. In various reports, Marcy has been rated, e.g., as the third worst housing project in Brooklyn (unitedgangs.com) or second worst in the US (Newsone).
Watch the FOMH First Annual Fundraiser Gala!
On April 14th, FOMH hosted our first annual fundraiser gala. The event was a huge success, bringing together Marcy community members, elected officials, and FOMH supporters, all for a good cause. You can view the event highlights here:
Friends of Marcy Houses Hosts Webinar for NYCHA Residents.
On Friday, April 24th, Friends of Marcy Houses worked with State Senator Julia Salazar to host a webinar providing information to NYCHA residents about resources available during the COVID epidemic. The event was recorded, and we produced a resource sheet. Click here to learn about NYCHA rent reduction programs, the unemployment process, and more.
Board of Directors
Marjorie Smith, Esq.
Michael Valentine, ESQ
GARDENING TO GROW AT MARCY
MENTORING FOR SUCCESS
PROJECT CITIZEN W/JUSTICE RESOURCE CENTER
Music Lessons with Musical Mentors Collaborative
The Friends of Marcy Houses Inc. provides services to children ages 10-14 that reside in the New York City Public Houses Authority, Marcy Houses. If you have a child that could benefit from any of the programs or if you have a child with special need please fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you very soon.