Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso is launching a new initiative launched with his Department of Constituent Services: a series of community resource information sessions, where Reynoso’s staff and city agencies will gather to walk Brooklynites through the resources and assistance available to them through the city government and local nonprofits.
The first information session, focused on effective resources like child support services, cash assistance, employment services, and homelessness prevention, will be hosted next Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library from 6-8pm.
“I grew up in Section 8 housing. My family relied on welfare and food stamps. I know the big difference even a bit of help can make. But resources are no good if no one knows they’re there or if they’re too hard to access,” said Reynoso said in a Feb. 14 statement.
This initiative announcement comes after Reynoso launched a maternal health and pregnancy guide using advertisements on buses, shelters and subway stations in an effort to end the maternal mortality crisis, especially in Central Brooklyn.
“Every day, we’re making this borough a little bit safer for Brooklynites dreaming of growing their families,” said Reynoso on Nov. 18. “To truly end the maternal mortality crisis facing our Black and Brown mothers will take long-term and large-scale structural change – like our upcoming renovations to the maternal healthcare facilities at our public hospitals – but in the meantime, there are steps we can take right now to empower our expecting parents through their pregnancy journey
The New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services will make a presentation, then hold a Q&A so attendees will have more access to the information session’s dialogue.
Guests will also be able to connect with local non-profit organizations that will be tabling the event and will aim to provide even more information and assistance relating to the evening’s topics.
“I’m so grateful to my constituent affairs team for their expert navigation of our city agencies and hard work advocating on behalf of Brooklynites,”said Reynoso.”This upcoming session with HRA/DSS will be the perfect start of our new series connecting people with support. Thank you to the Brooklyn Public Library, my fellow elected officials, our city agencies, and the many other local organizations who are collaborating to make this session possible.”
Find more information on the Community Resource Information Series, or to attend the first session, check out here or visit the BP’s website.