Ermin from GrowNYC presents about recycling to AAFE tenants.

On Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25, AAFE affiliate Stanton Norfolk Property Management Company held meetings for residents of its buildings to discuss emergency preparedness, health, and safety. Hosted in conjunction with Enterprise Community Partners, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for low- and moderate income people through affordable housing in diverse communities, the two meetings drew more than 140 attendees.

Some highlights from the presenters:

  • After a brief introduction by Junko of Downtown Manhattan Community Development Corporation and Stanton Norfolk Managing Director Hsueh, GrowNYC’s Ermin presented about recycling and handed out recycling bags to attendees.  GrowNYC provides services to the community such as targeted workshops for tenants and supers, community events centered on education, and special collection programs for textiles, electronics, and compost.
  • Laurie from Enterprise then spoke about disaster preparedness. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, it is extremely important for NYC residents to always have emergency supplies ready in case another natural disaster occurs. Over the past few months, Enterprise has released webinars and publications on disaster resiliency.
  • Officer Jessica from NYPD Crime Prevention gave some useful tips to residents to avoid getting their items stolen. Suggestions included not leaving cell phones in vehicles and to register bicycles with NYPD. To learn more about NYPD Crime Prevention, click here.
Enterprise’s Laurie stated, “It is important to  nurture and cultivate resident leadership in emergency preparedness because residents can be critical community resource partners during an emergency event. AAFE has taken a step toward resourcing this kind of leadership by participating in Enterprise Community Partners’ sponsored learning collaborative for resilience network of peer organizations and initiating resource driven resident engagement meetings that provide residents with an opportunity to engage external trainers and resources in preparedness.”

At the end of the evening, residents enjoyed an informal reception complete with refreshments and raffles of two 40 inch televisions. Thank you to everyone who attended!

To see photos of the events, click here.