Officials announced, on Wednesday, April 8, the opening of a new Sandy Recovery Workforce1 Career Center, located at 1906 Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island.
The center, they said, is part of the de Blasio administration’s commitment to expediting economic recovery in Sandy-impacted neighborhoods by training and connecting Sandy-impacted residents to employment with Build it Back employers, local small businesses and employers in various sectors citywide.
“The opening of a Workforce1 center in Coney Island has been a top priority for me and is an important step towards connecting residents in impacted communities with recovery jobs and active roles in the rebuilding of their own neighborhood,” said Councilmember Mark Treyger. “With so many storm victims still struggling to build their homes, businesses and lives, it is imperative that residents have access to solid jobs that are created as a result of the recovery effort.”
Amy Peterson, director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations, agreed.
“Build it Back is committed to hiring locally and providing workforce training to low- and moderate-income residents of Sandy-affected communities, increasing access to economic opportunities to ensure that those who live in those communities are having a direct impact on their recovery,” she said.
The new center will be funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant.