BronxWorks to Honor Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Mayor DeBlasio has announced as a priority the expansion of affordable housing in New York, especially in underserved communities such as the South Bronx, and to that end has issued a call to action, “Housing New York: A Five-Borough-Ten Year Plan.”  The document lists on the cover Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for housing and economic development, who will spearhead implementation of the plan. She is an executive with many years of experience related to housing in both the private and public sectors.  

BronxWorks, which also is very involved with housing issues, is honoring Deputy Mayor Glen at its upcoming Annual Gala Monday, June 9, starting at 6 P.M., at Tribeca 360 at 10 Desbrosses St. in Manhattan’s TriBeCa.  As it does every year at this annual event, BronxWorks pays tribute to individuals who are making significant contributions to the Bronx community. Appropriately, the theme of this year’s gala is Feed, Teach, Shelter and Support, a theme which encompasses the concerns of Ms. Glen and BronxWorks.

Before her promotion to Deputy Mayor, Ms. Glen served as Assistant Commissioner for Housing Finance with the city’s Department of Housing, Preservation and Development from 1998 to 2002. Prior to taking up public service, Ms. Glen was the head of Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group which has been described as “a catalyst in the revitalization of underserved neighborhoods,” with a special focus on the outer boroughs.

“The work Deputy Mayor Glen is doing reflects BronxWorks’ concerns with finding housing for people dispossessed from their homes, securing shelters for street homeless people, mediating in landlord-tenant disputes and representing people at housing court,” commented Eileen Torres, executive director of BronxWorks. “It is a great pleasure to honor Deputy Mayor Glen, an ally in BronxWorks’ mission to eliminate homelessness, bring onstream many more apartments with affordable rents and increase visibility for the vibrant community that is the South Bronx.”

In addition to honoring Ms. Glen, a special feature at the BronxWorks annual event will be a clarion Call to Action! inviting guests to provide additional financial support for another concern of BronxWorks, college access programs.  This is a range of services dedicated to increasing opportunities for low-income high school students to achieve college educations and attain productive and successful lives.  BronxWorks guides them through the college testing, application and financial aid processes.

For further information and assistance in reserving tables at the gala, please contact Cathy Sharp at (646) 393-4007 or csharp@bronxworks.org.

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