The program is funded by $65,000 secured by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, more than double the money he gave to The Doe Fund last year for a similar initiative in Woodside.
“That would allow us to expand the project here to Hunters Point and Long Island City, which we believe will make a very big difference keeping the streets here cleaner,” he said.
The workers will clean off sidewalks, remove posters and graffiti from street furniture, and clearing out catch basins and overflowing trash cans, all in addition to normal Department of Sanitation services.
The Doe Fund is a nonprofit organization that helps formerly homeless individuals find stability and independence by providing them a place to live and employment.
“We’re so thankful to be in this neighborhood and continuing to expand this partnership,” said Ray Damm, Doe Fund's director of Community Improvement Projects. “While we’re making a significant impact on the neighborhood, this is also enabling the social services the gentleman are going through after the work stops.”
Shelia Lewandowski is co-founder and executive director of The Chocolate Factory, a performance space just off Vernon Boulevard.
“As a local resident and business owner, we have seen increased dust and dirt because the neighborhood is under constant construction,” she said.