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Project ALY Campaign Promoting Acceptance of Transgender Youth


NYC First Lady Tours CAMBA Gardens


You Can Van Launches, Mobilizing HomeBase Services


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september 2015

CNOCAMBA Casino Night Out Only One Month Away!
CAMBA Casino Night Out is one month away, and we're looking forward to celebrating the past year's accomplishments with you.

This year's honorees are two long-time CAMBA supporters and partners: Carlo A. Scissura, President and CEO 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.

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CAMBA's Project ALY Launches 2015 Campaign to Promote Acceptance of Transgender Youth 
For many LGBTQ youth in Central Brooklyn, being rejected by parents or family members can lead to risky and dangerous behavior. To stave this off, Project ALY (Accept LGBTQ Youth), a CAMBA HIV prevention initiative, launched a new transit-based campaign in September to encourage acceptance of these young people by their parents, guardians and families.

This year's Project ALY campaign keeps with past years in promoting acceptance of the spectrum of LGBTQ youth, but the 2015 initiative homes in on family acceptance of transgender youth, an extremely vulnerable population with high rates of homelessness, substance use and HIV infection.

"Parents and family members who struggle with acceptance will come to understand the harmful effects that disapproval and rejection can have on LGBTQ youth," says Lisa Koffler, CAMBA Program Manager for Prevention Services. "This will help break the silence, remove stigma and motivate change throughout the community," she added.

The ad campaign includes messaging on bus shelters and buses throughout Central Brooklyn. Project ALY also gets that message out through its Family Acceptance and LGBTQ Cultural Competency workshops for community groups, schools and agencies. 

Interested parents and family members are encouraged to attend monthly support groups to discuss their attitudes and concerns. In a novel approach, the program enlists supportive parents of LGBTQ youth, who share their stories and become role models for others who are not yet as accepting.

As the mother of one parent of transgender teen put it, "It's hard, it's something you can't understand and you don't want to accept, but that's your child. You've got to love them - that's the bottom line. That's your child, no matter what."

For more information on the campaign and resources for parents, family members and youth, visit  

ChirlaneNYC First Lady Chirlane McCray Visits CAMBA Gardens
First Lady Chirlane McCray in CAMBA Gardens' Teaching Kitchen with CAMBA Executive Vice Presidents Sharon Browne and David Rowe and CAMBA/CHV President and CEO Joanne Oplustil, far right. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.
CAMBA staff and tenants had a VIP visitor last month, when Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City, toured CAMBA Gardens 1, CAMBA Housing Ventures' national model for partnerships between public hospitals, non-profit developers, social service providers and community stakeholders, located in Wingate, Brooklyn.

McCray met with staff and tenants at the affordable, supportive development, learning about the powerful impact supportive housing can have on families and individuals who have experienced homelessness or are struggling with mental illness.
HomeBaseCAMBA Launches the You Can Van, Mobilizing HomeBase Homelessness Prevention
CAMBA is proud to launch the You Can Van, a new, innovative vehicle for homelessness prevention on the streets of New York City. 

The You Can Van is New York City's first mobile office for homelessness prevention, funded through a three-year grant from the Durst Family Foundation. The van mobilizes CAMBA's highly successful HomeBase program -- funded by the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) -- to bring housing stability to families in greatest need before they become homeless. 

The You Can Van made its official debut on September 29 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, parked for outreach in an area where many residents are at high risk for homelessness.   

Equipped with wifi and private offices, the van enables CAMBA HomeBase counselors to provide onsite assessment for shelter risk, intensive case management services, housing assistance and community-based program referrals.  The van is expected to reach at least 3,000 people annually and serve at least 300 families eligible for CAMBA HomeBase services.

The You Can Van was designed by pro bono graphic designers Julia Beardwood of Beardwood& Co., and Joe Marianek of Small Stuff, creating an eye-catching look to welcome and encourage people facing housing crises, who are often afraid or reluctant to seek help.

"The van will get our services to the people who need them, in the communities where they live,"  says Melissa Mowery, Vice President of CAMBA HomeBase.

NY1 covered the launch and spoke with CAMBA HomeBase staff and clients.  Watch the news story here.  

L earn more about the You Can Van  in its  official press release  and follow it on twitter at  @YouCanVan  for outreach locations and homelessness prevention resources.

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