Read a brief overview of the five stories below competing for CCM’s 2017 Impact Awards. Vote for your favorite using the form on this page. The winning organization will receive a $10,000 donation!
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The 2017 finalists are:
- Arverne View (New York City, NY)
- Barrier Free Living Apartments (New York City, NY)
- Candlestick Point (San Francisco, CA)
- Oregon LIFT (Local Innovation and Fast Track) Housing Program (Statewide in Oregon)
- United Jewish Appeal – Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc. (Sunrise Day Camps) (New York City, NY)
Arverne View (New York City, NY)
Proceeds financed 22 affordable housing developments throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, New York and Queens boroughs. One of the properties, Arverne View, is a residential complex located in Far Rockaway, Queens. The property is in a moderate-income census tract where 89% of the population are minority households and 24% live below the poverty line. The 13-acre complex consists of 1,093 studios to five-bedroom units located in eleven buildings along with 10,000 square feet of retail space, an on-site daycare center, supermarket, senior center, and community center. Residents can also take advantage of onsite workforce training programs.
The property was originally constructed in 1974 and underwent a substantial renovation following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The property was renovated with waterfront resiliency in mind and features new emergency generators, 14-foot barriers at the boardwalk, relocated mechanical and electrical equipment well above the waterlines left after the storm, and updated apartment interiors, building common areas, and roofs. The renovation also included substantial upgrades to the buildings ocean-front landscape. The property was outfitted with 300 new trees, native plants that are salt-tolerant and resilient to both wind and sea-spray, increased pedestrian access paths within building courtyards, a renovated basketball court, and several new playgrounds and benches. The property strives to be green with the installation of solar panels and several community gardens.
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Barrier Free Living Apartments (New York City, NY)
Barrier Free Living (BFL) is based in New York City and is the largest provider in the nation of Domestic Violence Intervention Services. They work with people with all types of disabilities including disabled veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and homeless men, women, and children, helping them thrive in safe and supportive communities. BFL is in a low-income census tract where 99% of the population residing in this census tract are minority households and 41% live below the poverty line.
BFL Apartments were designed and built for families with a disabled head of household who is a victim or survivor of domestic violence and women with disabilities who are being diverted from possible nursing home placement. The building is a home to 120 units of supportive housing. Onsite social services assist residents with Social Security entitlements, navigating Medicare and Medicaid, and food stamps. Supportive staff connects residents to vocational training and jobs in addition to helping residents cope with the trauma that accompanies domestic violence and disabilities. Nearly ten childcare workers are available for parents so that they can make use of relevant provided services such as parenting groups, domestic violence groups, or one-on-one meetings with social workers and occupational therapists.
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Proceeds will be used to finance the development and/or construction of affordable housing in the Candlestick Point neighborhood of The Bayview Waterfront project in San Francisco. The affordable housing is expected to be comprised of five multifamily rental housing developments that will be dedicated to low-income families and low-income seniors. Collectively, these five projects are expected to provide 536 units of affordable housing. The Bayview Waterfront is an integrated development project designed to provide residential units (mix of market-rate and below-market rate), along with open space, transportation improvements, job-generating commercial space, and a rehabilitated public waterfront. Additionally, the project looks to alleviate poverty, increase economic opportunity, and improve the overall health and quality of life of Bayview residents.
The Candlestick Point project aims to be a model of sustainable urban design that stimulates the local clean technology economy, and addresses global environmental challenges such as climate change, rising energy costs and increasing water scarcity. A comprehensive sustainability strategy has been developed to demonstrate how the project will provide the Bayview community with amenities that it has not historically enjoyed: opportunities for local jobs at all skill levels, local retail options, a safe walkable community, and a variety of parks and open spaces. The sustainability strategy also describes measures that will minimize the impact of the development on local infrastructure, resources and the environment, and measures to preserve the unique culture and diversity that defines the area. Project sponsors have a LEED–ND (Neighborhood Development) Gold certification for the entire Candlestick and Shipyard community.
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The primary goals of the LIFT program are to create new affordable housing units to serve low-income Oregonians and to serve historically underserved communities including rural communities with less than 25,000 people and communities of color. Secondary goals include to serve households that receive services through Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) child-welfare or self-sufficiency programs. Projects that meet or exceed the programs minimum requirements will be ranked based on a scoring methodology. The selection criterion includes:
- location in communities with high needs based on a county formula including nonwhite and Hispanic poverty rates, family poverty rates, and extremely low-income households with severe housing problems;
- the ability to effectively serve DHS clients earning at or below 60% of area median income;
- a strong local social service partnership to support the target tenant population;
- being able to demonstrate innovative building design or innovative alternative construction methodology and a development strategy to lower costs;
- being able to demonstrate efficiency and replicability of building development strategy; and
- plans to address equity and diversity in the project using Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business (MWESB) contracting, sub-contracting, and professional services.
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Proceeds are being used to finance the construction and equipping of three Sunrise Day Camp facilities. The facilities are located on three separate campgrounds in New York owned by the United Jewish Appeal – Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc. These campgrounds are for children with cancer and their siblings. Recognizing the extraordinary financial demands that a child’s chronic illness can have on a family, Sunrise Day Camps and Year-Round Programs are always offered free of charge. Each Sunrise Day Camp has a private, air-conditioned wellness center and is supported by a medical director, on-site pediatric oncology nurses and physicians on call.
Often isolated from the normal activities of childhood, children with cancer rarely have a chance to see beyond the closed worlds of home, hospital, and doctors’ offices. Sunrise Day Camps changes that by opening the doors to a new world, making it possible for children to enjoy a summer filled with exciting daily activities, friendships and laughter, while paying careful attention to their medical and emotional needs. Sunrise Day Camps are the only full-summer day camps in the world for children with cancer and their siblings, ages 3½–16 (ages 3½–18 at Sunrise-Long Island), who are in active or follow-up treatment for cancer. Unlike most oncology sleep-away camps that are offered for only 1-2 weeks each summer, Sunrise Day Camps allow children to attend camp for as little as one day or the entire summer. This affords children who are in active treatment to continue with their home doctors and enjoy the comfort of sleeping in their own beds each night.
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