Future of community youth services in jeopardy if funding from city is not reinstated

Good Shepherd Services provides resources at community centers across the city, but the future of community youth services is now in question if funding from the city is not reinstated.

News 12 Staff

Jun 29, 2020, 9:54 PM

Updated 1,429 days ago

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Good Shepherd Services provides resources at community centers across the city, but the future of community youth services is now in question if funding from the city is not reinstated. 
In April, the mayor announced the executive budget proposal for 2021 that included eliminating services that centers like Good Shepherd Services provide. 
"The plan we presented has over a half-billion dollars in the shift in capital funding to youth recreation centers, to NYCHA developments, to help where the need is greatest,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a news conference on Monday. 
Good Shepherd Services is now looking to the City Council for restoration. 
“The mayor proposed to suspend our youth and community development contracts that are funded through the city's Department of Youth and Community Development,” said Good Shepherd Services Executive Director Michelle Yanche. 
They are hoping for the best and say the community could face a real loss. “This is one of the city's cornerstones. We're part of that contract suspension, and as long as those contracts are suspended, we will not be able to operate,” said Yanche. 
News 12 reached out to the City Council, which said budget negotiations are ongoing and that nothing is final.
 


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