Seeds For Success

Foundation for the Future

Our History

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 ( or second worst in the US (Newsone).

Latest News

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:

You can also watch the full gala on Youtube here

If you enjoy it and have not yet had a chance to donate, any contribution would be greatly appreciated.  You can donate 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.

Our Programs

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. 

Friends of Marcy Houses
148 Columbia Heights, Garden Apt.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Dominique Bravo

Dominique Bravo was born in Los Angeles to parents from Peru. Dominique is an attorney and advocate for social and racial justice with three decades of counseling and representing community and arts organizations.  


Dominique currently serves as the Associate Executive Director of the Center on Race, Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.  Dominique previously served as General Counsel of the Roosevelt Institute, a think tank and college campus network that seeks to carry forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.  She founded and directed Pathways to Apprenticeship, a non-profit workforce development agency that assists low-income people — and in particular, the formerly incarcerated — to access apprenticeship opportunities in the union construction industry. She previously served as General Counsel to the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.  


In addition to her work with Marcy Houses, Dominique also currently serves as pro bono counsel for children seeking asylum with the Safe Passage Project, a non-profit legal clinic.  Dominique also serves as President of the board of American Oversight, a nonpartisan, nonprofit ethics watchdog law firm in Washington D.C., that focuses on litigation involving the Freedom of Information Act. She is also a member of the board of St Ann’s Warehouse, a performing arts institution in Brooklyn, New York.  Dominique is also President and General Counsel of Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, a dance and drumming studio and performance space she co-founded in Brooklyn.  


Dominique previously served on a number of other boards of directors for other social service and arts organizations throughout New York City and was a member of Community Board 6 in Brooklyn.  She received her J.D. from Northeastern School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.  Dominique has lived in Brooklyn for the past thirty years, and she and her husband, Eric Sloan, have raised three children in Brooklyn.