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Announcing the CAMBA Casino Night Out Honorees


CHV Preserves Affordability of Staten Island Development


SYEP Gives NYC Youth a Jumpstart on Professional Life


Photos from CAMBA's Night at the Ballpark


CAMBA: 70 Locations and Growing







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CNOAnnouncing the CAMBA Casino Night Out 2015 Honorees ...
We're excited to announce the honorees for our annual gala, CAMBA Casino Night Out. This year's honorees are two long-time CAMBA supporters and partners: Carlo A. Scissura, President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; and The Hudson Companies, one of New York City's leading housing developers.

The honorees will headline CAMBA Casino Night Out 2015 on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Tribeca Three Sixty┬░ in Lower Manhattan. 

Our gala brings together a dynamic group of more than 300 leaders in business, politics, development, community, arts and service who are committed to empowering low-income New Yorkers.

Our Honorees
Carlo A. Scissura, President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce since 2012, promotes robust economic development across the borough and advocates for the more than 2,100 Chamber members. He has dedicated his life to making Brooklyn a better place for all of its residents and is an avid supporter of CAMBA's mission to help New Yorkers obtain jobs, find affordable housing and raise happy, healthy families. Learn more about Scissura.

The Hudson Companies builds affordable and market rate homes, both  preserving and transforming neighborhoods . Working in collaboration with non-profit developers and human services providers -- including CAMBA Housing Ventures and CAMBA -- Hudson has brought extensive affordable housing and supportive housing opportunities to neighborhoods in need. Learn more about Hudson.

Join us to recognize our honorees and celebrate a year of CAMBA achievements. Click below for tickets and sponsorship opportunities:

CastletonCAMBA Housing Ventures and Stellar Management Buy Staten Island Development, Assuring Long-Term Affordability for Tenants
                                                       Photo: Staten Island Advance/Irving Silverstein

CAMBA Housing Ventures (CHV), in partnership with Stellar Management, recently acquired and closed on financing to rehabilitate and preserve affordable housing at Castleton Park, a 454-unit Mitchell-Lama Affordable Housing development in Staten Island's St. George neighborhood. 


CHV's work in partnership with private and public partners will ensure long-term affordability for tenants and invest over $30 million to renovate the aging, 40-year-old development. CAMBA will provide on-site social services based on the needs of tenants and help existing tenants complete enhanced section 8 applications.

CHV and Stellar worked with the NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC), NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to maintain long-term affordability for existing and future tenants and ensure the development remains in the Mitchell-Lama housing program. (See details here.)


"The loss of affordable housing is one of the most critical issues facing New York City today,  and CAMBA and CAMBA Housing Ventures are proud to be partners in keeping 454 homes in the Castleton Park Mitchell-Lama complex affordable to low- and middle-income Staten Island residents," said Joanne M. Oplustil, President and CEO of CAMBA/CAMBA Housing Ventures.

Rehab construction at Castleton Park is scheduled to begin in late summer.


SYEPSummer Youth Employment Program Gives NYC Youth a Jumpstart on their Professional Lives
                             Ashley Smalling, hard at work at CAMBA's SYEP office in Flatbush
Ashley Smalling, 15, knew she wanted to work this summer, but how to find the right job ... that's where she needed some help.

So, when her high school guidance counselor told her about the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), Ashley knew that was the answer. She entered a lottery run by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and was selected for a spot with CAMBA. Now Ashley is spending six weeks working at CAMBA's SYEP office, earning much-needed income, learning office skills -- and taking in some valuable life lessons.

"I'm learning how to work well with others, how to follow instructions, how to really complete a job ... basically, I'm learning reality," says Ashley. 

SYEP is a citywide program funded by DYCD that provides NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment in July and August. Participants work in entry-level jobs at organizations, businesses and government agencies and take part in workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy and opportunities to continue education and social growth.

Ashley, a rising 11th-grader from Flatbush who hopes someday to become a pediatrician, is one of 780 teens and young adults working through CAMBA SYEP at sites in Brooklyn and Manhattan. These sites include the New York State Supreme Court, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Maimonides Medical Center, Flatbush YMCA and CAMBA offices and summer camps.

This year, CAMBA's SYEP participants number more than ever before, thanks to vocal advocacy by the Campaign for Summer Jobs, a coalition of 100 community-based and citywide organizations that advocate for State and City investment in SYEP. CAMBA staff and past participants joined the Campaign on the steps of City Hall in April -- successfully rallying for increased funding for the program.

That success translated to funding for 45,000 SYEP participants Citywide this summer. CAMBA's 780 participants marks a 21% increase from 2014.

"So many participants are learning and growing this summer," said Daniel Manbode, Program Manager of CAMBA SYEP. "They're laying the foundation for their professional lives ahead."
CyclonesThank You (and Photos!) from CAMBA's Night at the Ballpark

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Night at the Ballpark a huge success!

To our many generous sponsors: You made this evening possible
... and to our new friends, longtime supporters and everyone who came out to the ballpark: You made this evening all that it should be -- full of great times and good feelings about the work we do for 45,000 New Yorkers in need each year.

We hope to see you all again next year (or see you there for the first time). For now, enjoy these photos from CAMBA's Night at the Ballpark 2015.


LocationsCAMBA: 70 Locations and Growing

You may know that we're one of the City's largest human services agencies ... but do you really know what that means? Well, CAMBA now has more than 70 locations in all five boroughs of New York City. And we keep on growing, constantly expanding our services to New Yorkers in need.


Take a look at our Locations page to see where we are and what we offer near you.