2018-04-25 / Front Page

Peralta Secures $75K To Fund Cleaning Services in Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst

State Senator Jose Peralta announced that he helped secure $75,000 in state funds for the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE) for cleaning services on Roosevelt Avenue and Ditmars Boulevard.State Senator Jose Peralta announced that he helped secure $75,000 in state funds for the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE) for cleaning services on Roosevelt Avenue and Ditmars Boulevard.In an effort to help homeless New Yorkers with work experience, NYS Senator Jose Peralta announced that he helped secure $75,000 in state funds for the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE). The non-profit will provide job readiness training and jobs to participants in the program.

The state allocation will allow ACE to offer cleaning services along Roosevelt Avenue between 82nd and 90th Streets. Additionally, ACE participants will provide services along Ditmars Boulevard from the Grand Central Parkway to the intersection with Astoria Boulevard, including the overpasses located at 27th Avenue and 31st Drive. Among the services, ACE participants will provide street sweeping, cleaning the sidewalks and removing filled garbage bags from the Sanitation Department bins. Participants will work five days a week along the Roosevelt Avenue stretch and four days along Ditmars Boulevard.

“As we are facing a homelessness crisis in the city, it is imperative that we help New Yorkers get back on their feet. And one way of doing this is by helping those who are less fortunate with job training, work experience and ultimately a full-time job,” said Senator Peralta. “The work experience and development will offer participants in the program with a safety net that, I am hoping, will lead them to permanent, full-time jobs. This is a win-win situation because we are helping New Yorkers while maintaining our neighborhoods.”

Peralta added that “these workers will contribute to improving the quality of life in active thoroughfares, attracting more visitors and shoppers to the areas.”

“For more than 20 years, ACE has been helping New Yorkers with employment barriers get back into the workforce and on a path to self-sufficiency. With this allocation, Peralta is helping ACE put New Yorkers back to work, while at the same helping to keep Queens clean for residents, business owners and visitors alike,” said Jim Martin, Executive Director, the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless. “We consider it an honor and a privilege to be invited back into this community again this year.”



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