Dear Neighbor,


Thank you for joining us for another week in review!

Last week, we joined with Council Member Shahana Hanif in support of Resolution 550, designating the month of May as Lupus Awareness Month. Lupus is a chronic illness that disproportionately affects women of color, and it is important that we bring visibility to this disease and those who are most impacted by it. Thank you, Council Member Hanif, for your partnership in pushing this resolution forward as well as Speaker Adams and all the members of the City Council who voted in support of Reso 550.

We also joined with the Literacy Academy Collective at Latino Pastoral Action Center for an information session about the importance of literacy and the South Bronx Literacy Academy. SBLA, set to open its doors in the Fall of 2023, is a new public school designed for struggling readers. Studies show that more than 60 percent of fourth graders in the United States are not proficient readers. We are grateful that Literacy Academy Collective is combatting this by designing and supporting NYC schools to bring evidence-based literacy instruction into the classroom. For more information on the South Bronx Literacy Academy and how to enroll, click here.

Also, be sure to join us tomorrow, June 1st at 12PM for our Pride Month Flag Raising and Awards Ceremony at Bronx Borough Hall.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 718-590-3500 or email us at


In partnership,

Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson


Thank you to everyone who came out to our first-ever Bronx Taste of Africa celebration at Bronx Community College! The contributions of the African community to our Borough cannot be overstated. Thank you for all your contributions to the Bronx!

Thank you also to BCC, Bronx Economic Development Corporation, Morris Heights Health Center and our African Advisory Council for their partnership in bringing this event to the Bronx!

Thank you NYC Mayor Adams for signing Intro 891A into law. Intro 891A will allow sports venues throughout New York City to conduct raffles for charitable purposes during professional or collegiate sporting competitions by providing certain exemptions regarding advertising, the value of prizes, the sale of alcohol on the premises, the cost of admission to the premises, the number of raffles that may occur within one calendar year, and the length of a license period.

This will be a game changer for the non-profits that service our communities. Allowing them to raise necessary funds in collaboration with our New York Yankees.

I was proud to join with my colleagues in government and housing advocates for the Jerome Court Housewarming Celebration.

This new mixed-use building includes 175 units, 105 of which are supportive housing units, 69 affordable housing and 1 superintendent unit.

This affordable and supportive development was a part of our blueprint in the Jerome Avenue Neighborhood Plan when we were in the New York City Council and I am proud to see all the progress we have made in bringing quality, safe housing to our borough.

Thank you to Services for the Underserved, Inc., Bronx Pro Group LLC, HPD, HRA, DCP, Enterprise, TD Bank and the entire team for working to bring this space to the Bronx.