Assemblywoman Joyner Announces $140,000 Grant for Key Bronx Economic Development Initiative

Supporting the dual purposes of enhancing environmental quality and expanding economic opportunities for local Bronx residents, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx, 77th AD) has successfully secured $140,000 for a community-based program known as Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx).

SSBx operates hands-on strategies and programs designed to meet the needs of New Yorkers seeking employment and striving to achieve economic self-sufficiency while enhancing the local environment. Through a combination of green job training programs including Best Academy and Smart Roofs – participants are able to open doors and access opportunities that were not previously available to them.

“Creating employment opportunities and investing in environmental sustainability, Sustainable South Bronx is proving that together we can revitalize our community and make a real difference in the quality of life for those who live, work and do business in the Bronx,” Assemblywoman Joyner said. “Their focus connects the restoration of our environment with strategies and programs designed to meet the needs of New Yorkers seeking employment and striving to achieve economic self-sufficiency.”

"We are grateful to Assemblymember Latoya Joyner for making a critical investment in both the economic and environmental sustainability of the Bronx community. Her support is helping to transform the lives of hundreds of men and women who are living in poverty and has a direct impact on making our city greener,” said Jennifer Mitchell, the Executive Director of Sustainable South Bronx.

Celebrating this major investment in the local economy, Assemblywoman Joyner presented a ceremonial check for $140,000 to Sustainable South Bronx on Friday, July 28th, during a 1:00pm ceremony held at Hayden Lord Park - 1661 Andrews Avenue South in the Bronx.

About SSBx: Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) is a non-profit that works to address economic and environmental issues in the South Bronx -- and throughout New York City -- through a combination of green job training, community greening programs, and social enterprise.

Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner represents the 77th Assembly District, which includes the Claremont, Concourse, Highbridge, Mount Eden and Morris Heights sections of The Bronx.