Income eligible homeowners without working heating equipment for the winter will be able to get help this Wednesday November 12 in Crown Heights. See http://www.chcentral.org/home-energy-assistance/ for all the details.
If you have a medical need for an air conditioner, and you do not have a working a/c in your home, Crown Heights Central and New York State might help you obtain one. Click here for details
After several years of sharing a space with the Shalom Center on Albany Avenue, the youth programs of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council have finally found a place to call their own. The new store front premises of 268 Brooklyn Avenue, at the corner of Lincoln Place are now if full operation. Situated just around the corner from Oholei Torah, at the center of the Crown Heights community, the new location is a second home to Mesivta-age students, providing weekly social gatherings and exciting, creative activities such as photography, art, crafts and music.
According to 20-year-old Shmuel Maytales who has been a member of youth program since 2006, “The after school program has been a wholesome experience. I’ve been able to build my skills and confidence, through choosing from a variety of engaging projects and activities.”
The program is a project of the CHJCC to provide support and guidance to Crown Heights teenagers through fun, engaging, recreational and educational mediums. Some nightly activities include a Thursday night beis medrash where volunteers and participants enjoy one-on-one learning followed by food, fun and a farbrengen; GED classes; Life skills training courses; along with art and musical outlets such as mosaic art projects, drawing lessons and music lessons.
“Everyone is welcome to stop by and check out our programs,” says Rabbi Levi Kaplan, CHJCC Director of Youth and Prevention Programming. “We look forward to repeating our highly successful Chaburas Hakayits [summer break] program with evening programs for day camp counselors this summer, and to creating more programs for the benefit of young people in our community.”
CITIZENSHIP*U.S. Passport U.S. Birth Certificate Green Card USCIS documentation
Official Photo Identification
School Photo Identification
PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION*(15 years old & older)
SOCIAL SECURITY *
PROOF OF RESIDENCE (one document only)
PROOF OF INCOME-earned/unearned (for all that are receiving income)
OTHER (if applicable)
* Only for Applying Family Members
Crown Heights Central is the best place for you to enroll in Health Insurance, including Medicaid (if eligible) & Child Health Plus. Appointments should be made at Crown Heights Central, 387 Kingston Avenue. Or call for an appointment, 718-771-9000 x7726 – for new enrollments only. For Medicaid renewals or other questions about existing coverage, call Mrs. Mintz at ext 7728. Health enrollment is a program of Yeled V’Yalda, hosted by the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council for the benefit of Crown Heights residents. The Health enroller is an authorized New York State of Health Navigator
HEAP, the Home Energy Assistance Program, is a popular program that helps families with their heating bills each winter. Our office is now processing HEAP applications.
Here’s what you need to apply:
1) Proof of income, wages, including rental income, Social Security, or support letter for the past two months
2) Rent, mortgage or real estate tax papers
3) Birth certificates (or Passports) and social security cards for family members.
May need Marriage License.
4) Fuel or utility bills (if emergency bring the shut off notices)
5) Proof of Citizenship (Citizenship paper).
6) All parents must have picture ID. (Children over 18 and working need picture id and income proof.)
7) Letter for child 18 and over that he/she is in school.
The HEAP program has already started in NYC. If you wish to apply earlier, you may go to the HEAP office at MetroTech downtown Brooklyn at 1 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201 .
(Take # 2 or 3 Train to Court St. or 4 or 5 to Borough Hall.)
Our staff can also help you apply for the Neighborhood Fuel Fund for additional fuel assistance.
For more info or to schedule an appointment contact:
718 778 8808 ext.7730.
You may have noticed that the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council at 387 Kingston Ave has been going through some changes lately. Over the summer, the waiting area of the social services center has been completely cleaned up, with new seating and lighting replacing the old dusty furniture and bulletin boards. This Tuesday, a brand new awning declaring Crown Heights Central, the new face for the social services arm of the CHJCC, has gone up as well.
The name and exterior facelift is a reflection of internal changes and goals of the CHJCC, explains CHJCC Executive Director Eli Cohen, “We recognize that there’s been a breakdown of communication between the CHJCC and the Crown Heights community. Right now, we’re working towards a new era of transparency through opening up lines of communications, and making a positive impact on the lives of Crown Heights residents.”
The name Crown Heights Central was chosen for this new initiative, to convey that this is the central address, in person, by phone, and online, that Crown Heights residents can come to for information about programs and services that are available to them in the community.
The first project they undertook was renovating the storefront in an effort to make the Crown Heights Central a more welcoming place for our community members to utilize their social services. Next, they tackled their online presence: “We want to be where our community is, and we’re increasingly seeing them online,” said Cohen. With that in mind, they have just launched a website www.crownheightscentral.org, that in addition to giving full overviews of their services, includes a full listings of community resources and useful information. It will also host neighborhood updates like alternate side parking updates, school closings, and community events.
Crown Heights Central can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Crown Heights Central plans on utilizing social media, not only to share relevant information, but also to start a conversation with the community. “We’re just starting on this journey and want to hear from the community on how we’re doing.” Cohen said. “If there’s something we can do to improve our services, please let us know!”
The Crown Heights Central is also working on beefing up their current list of services – the newest program, Legal Services, provides free legal advice and representation in the areas of immigration, custody or child support, credit card debt, foreclosures, evictions and fair hearings on denial or reduction of benefits. Currently, a volunteer program is in the works, hoping to connect local organizations with volunteers looking to give back to their community.
The work on the storefront and website was completed by entirely Crown Heights businesses, including Adar Construction, for the storefront renovations, the new awning done by Sign It INC, and website done by Star City Media
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds work which lowers families’ heating and electrical bills, improves heating and lighting, and provides new windows and refrigerators. The program is also an important source of jobs for the community.
In 2011, the funding of the Program tripled and the CHJCC was recognized as one of the top performing agencies in the State, receiving State level recognition for quality. CHJCC was authorized to receive an additional $2.5MM of funding that brought even more benefit to the community. In the last year more families’ quality of life was improved and more jobs have been created than in any of the previous thirty years. 2013 is a low funding year for WAP, but in the future CHJCC is looking at ways to bring the same benefits it has brought to multi-family dwellings to residents living in single family homes.
To find out whether you qualify for the program and to learn how it works, call our Weatherization Director, Avi Kamman, at 718-771-1900, exension 7717.
Over the years the annual Ten Yad auction has become known as the ladies’ event for Crown Heights and the surrounding Jewish communities, drawing thousands of women who come out for an evening of entertainment and fabulous prizes, while supporting new couples in need.
This year, Ten Yad introduced an all-new concept – top sponsors were invited to beautifully showcase their wares, interact with the crowd, and hand out coupons and souvenirs. Crown Heights was represented by Mink Jewelers, Everything But The Baby, the Silver Spoon Store, Elite Sterling, Pearls and More, and Mendel’s Woodwork.
There may be no need to pick your seat in Shul next to a lawyer!
Eligible visitors to CHJCC can now get free legal advice and maybe even a lawyer to represent you in:
Call 718-771-9000 for the full schedule of which specialty will be visiting each week. Appointments are generally held on Wednesdays, except immigration which is every other Monday.
Bikur Cholim of Crown Heights
Beth Din of Crown Heigths