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PAGE 2                                                     THE QUEENS TIMES                                     THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2024

                                                                   Mayor Adams Community Op-Ed: City of Yes: A Little More

                                                                                      Housing in Every Neighborhood
                                                                      (Continued from page 1)   immigrants.                  ever, and connecting more New
                                                                                                     We know that New Yorkers  Yorkers than ever before to per-
                                                                   the neighborhood he serves, the  feel strongly about the character  manent homes with CityFHEPS
                                                                   older New Yorker who has spent  of their neighborhoods, and we  housing vouchers.
                                                                   a lifetime in the family business  respect that. That’s why the De-       Together, with the City Council,
                                                                   only to find herself unable to pay  partment of City Planning held  we recently delivered an adopted
                                                                   rent on a fixed income, and the  extensive outreach and engage-  budget that invests $2 billion more
                                                                   new parents who cannot afford a  ment with New Yorkers, including  in capital funds across Fiscal Year
                                                                   big enough apartment to raise their  holding 10 public information  2025 and 2026 to the Department
                                                                   family. These are the everyday  sessions and two years of meet-  of Housing Preservation and
                                                                   New Yorkers impacted by this  ings with impacted stakeholders  Development and the New York
                                                                   housing crisis.              to make sure we did this right.  City Housing Authority’s capital
                                                                        The crisis reached its peak  We want to build more and protect  budgets. In total, our administra-
                                                                   because for too long, New York  what New Yorkers love about their  tion has committed a record $26
                                                                   City has been at the mercy at folks  neighborhood, and we can do just  billion in housing capital in the
                                                                   who have said ‘no.’ In our admin-  that. City of Yes allows us to meet  current 10-year plan, ensuring that
                                                                   istration, we continue to proudly  this crisis head on and ensure that  our dollars go towards solving this
                                                                   say ‘yes’ — ‘yes’ to a little more  no one neighborhood has to carry  housing crisis.
                                                                   housing in every neighborhood.  the responsibility of delivering all       It is time for a powerful new
                                                                        The changes we are proposing  the housing the city needs.    housing agenda — one that ac-
                                                                   will do more than just add new       From the very start of this ad-  knowledges the need to build more
               A & F Auto Repairs, Inc.                            buildings. The Department of  ministration, we have been advo-  housing is more important than
                                                                   City Planning estimates that our  cating for bold, forward-thinking  preserving the old ways of doing

                            General Auto Repairs                   City of Yes plan could produce  solutions to deliver the housing  things. By building a little more
                                                                   as many as 108,850 new homes  that New Yorkers need and make  housing in every neighborhood,
                           (Foreingn and Domestic)                 over the next 15 years. These are  our city more affordable. We have  we can set our city on course for
                                Accessories                        not just numbers, they are homes  already notched important victo-  a more equitable and affordable
                             • Tires • Batteries                   that will allow New Yorkers to  ries, including creating the sec-  future. Our administration is
                            • Electronic Tune-ups                  stay in the city they love, retire  ond-most new affordable homes in  saying ‘yes’ and we are calling on
                             • Inspection Station                  in the communities they grew up  one year, producing the most new  the City Council this fall to stand
                                 • Towing                          in, and welcome new generations  supportive homes and homes for  with us and vote ‘yes’ for the City
                    ARIS & FRANK                                   of young people, families, and  formerly homeless New Yorkers  of Yes for Housing Opportunity.

                43-05 111th Street • Corona Heights, NY              Congressman Suozzi Teams Up With National And
                     Greek, Spanish and Italian Spoken               Local Nonprofit Groups to Highlight New Summer
                 (718) 592-7470        (718) 699-2499
                                                                                        Food for Children Program


          Read Our Paper Online Visit our                             (Continued from page 1)   work on passing a bipartisan  of the biggest challenges in our
           website: www.queenstimes.com                                 Congressman Tom Suozzi (who   Farm Bill that strengthens, rather  community, and we could not be
                                                                                                than cuts, domestic nutrition  more grateful to Congressman
                    or scan QR code                                represents parts of Queens and   assistance,”  said  Congressman  Suozzi for providing, and Hunger
                                                                   Nassau County) and Hunger Free
                                                                   America (a national nonprofit or-  Suozzi. “Thanks to organizations  Free America for informing the
                                                                                                like Hunger Free America, Com-
                                                                                                                             public about, this much-needed
                         Subscribe to the                          ganization), hosted an event at the   monpoint Queens,  Island Har-  resource.”
                                                                   Queens County Farm Museum to
                                                                                                vest, and others for their efforts       “Hunger doesn’t end with the
                  Queens Times                                     promote the new, federally fund-  in ensuring that everyone in the  school year,” said Randi Shubin
                                                                   ed, Summer EBT program for
                                                                                                community has fair, equal, and  Dresner, president & CEO of
                                                                   low-income children. The event
                                                                   focused on explaining to families   dignified access to local, fresh,  Island Harvest Food Bank. “The
                Your Local Newspaper-One Edition for All Of Queens  who are automatically enrolled in   and seasonal food.”  Summer EBT program provides
                                                                   Summer EBT how they can use        “14 million U.S. children - one  an important link between the
                     Just $36.50 per year... and have the paper    these benefits and explaining to   in five - live in households that  last day and first day of school,
                       delivered to your door by US Mail           other eligible families how they   struggle against hunger,” said  giving eligible students $120 for
                   Please Enter my Subscription For One Year       will need to apply for Summer   Hunger Free America CEO Joel  food over summer break.” She
                                                                                                Berg. “In New York City alone,  continued “We thank Congress-
                                                                   EBT. Representatives from local
           Name ..............................................................................  nonprofits Commonpoint and   355,161 children live in house-  man Tom Suozzi for his support
                                                                                                holds unable to afford enough  in the work to end hunger and
                                                                   Island Harvest were also on hand
           Address ..........................................................................  to discuss the importance of Sum-  food. We know that child hunger  food insecurity on Long Island,
                                                                                                soars during the summer when  in New York City, and across the
                                                                   mer EBT for families.
           City..................................................Zip...........................       For 19 million U.S. children   traditional  school  meals  are  country.”
                                                                                                generally unavailable. The new  Some eligible children in New
                                                                   who rely on free or reduced-priced
              Please make check payable to: Queens Times and mail to:    school lunches and breakfast dur-  Summer EBT program, combined  York will automatically receive
                    11-20 154th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357       ing the school year, summer can   with other federal nutrition pro-  Summer EBT benefits on cards
                                                                   mean a lack of access to nutritious   grams, will help ensure children’s  previously mailed, or on cards
                                                                   food. To help combat this, Con-  access to healthy food while  recently mailed to their families.
                                                                   gress authorized and funded, and   school is out. Our focus now is on  Such benefits will be issued over
                                                                   the USDA has launched, Summer   ensuring that every single eligible  the next few weeks.
                                                                   EBT, a new program available in   child is enrolled and able to ac-       For more information about
                                                                   37 states, including New York.   cess these vital benefits.”  eligibility for the Summer EBT
                                                                   The program will provide gro-       “We are proud to offer Certi-  program, New Yorkers should
                                                                   cery benefits to low-income fami-  fied Naturally Grown, local,  visit  the  State  Summer  EBT
                                                                   lies with school-aged children   farm-fresh produce to the NYC  web site: https://otda.ny.gov/pro-
                     Published every week by CT Publishing Corp.                                community,” said David Hughes,  grams/summer-ebt/
            Executive Office: 102-54 Nicolls Avenue, Corona Heights, NY 11368  during the summer months when   Executive Director of Queens       People from any state who want
                 Operations: 11-20 154th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357  school is out. Eligible families in   County Farm Museum. “Through  more information about the pro-
                    Phone (718) 592-2196 • FAX (718) 357-3682      participating states will receive   EBT and other assistance bene-  gram can also learn more about
                                                                   $120  per  eligible  school-aged
                      Web Site: www.queenstimes.com                child to purchase groceries.  fits, we help ensure that everyone,  the program by calling the USDA
                      email: editor@queenstimes.com                     “Food insecurity is a real is-  regardless of their circumstances,  National Hunger Hotline – man-
                                                                   sue that affects our community.   can enjoy nutritious fruits and  aged by Hunger Free America - at
               James C. Lisa .........................Publisher/Editor  People who struggle with food   veggies and enjoy all the benefits  866-3-HUNGRY (866-348-6479).
               Lew Scala .............................. Associate Publisher/Webmaster  insecurity include families, chil-  that come with a healthful diet.”       Importantly, Summer EBT
                                                                                                     “With the rising cost of liv-
               Lou Duro ...............................International Correspondent  dren, seniors, veterans, homeless        food benefits will only remain
               Nicole Rescigno.....................Office Manager  individuals, and many others.   ing and limited access to meal  available and accessible on
                                                                                                programs that are available dur-
               Joseph V. Dorsa ...................Photo Journalist  It’s important that everyone has                         Summer EBT food benefits cards
               Joseph Natalle .......................Photojournalist  access to fresh, local produce,   ing the school year, this program  for 122 days after the date they
                                                                                                gives our working families vital  were issued. All unused benefits
         The Queens Times, USPS # P127 AIC060 is published weekly by CT Publishing Corp.   and the federally funded Sum-
         for an annual subscription charge of $28.50, mail subscription request to Queens Times,   mer EBT program will help   support,” said Danielle Ellman,  are removed from the card after
         11-20 154th Street, Whitestone, NY 11357, Periodicals Postage at Flushing, NY.    ensure that children have access   CEO of Commonpoint. “We  this time, so it is vital that fami-  (Continued on page 10)
         POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Queens Times at 11-20 154th Street,    to fresh food all summer long.   continue to see at our pantries  lies use their benefits before they
         Whitestone, NY 11357                                      In Congress, I will continue to   that food insecurity remains one  expire.
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