Osborne Launches FamilyWorks Harlem

27 February 2017

On February 27, 2017, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office held a press conference to announce the investment of $58 million into organizations that support youth and families to prevent crime. In total, #InvestInYouth grants will fund 100 community organizations in East Harlem, Central/West Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Lower East Side. Osborne is pleased to be a recipient of an #InvestInYouth grant as a partnership with the Harlem Restoration Project to provide services to families affected by incarceration. Osborne Association President and CEO Elizabeth Gaynes thanked the District Attorney saying,

“The Osborne Association is honored to partner with the Harlem Restoration Project to launch FamilyWorks Harlem designed to address the most serious risks faced by children and families affected by parental incarceration. We thank District Attorney Vance for this opportunity to work in such a vibrant and resilient community.”

Read the press release from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance's Office announcing the allocation of funds:  

DA Vance Invests $58 Million in Youth and Families to Prevent Crime

$45.9 Million Awarded to Create and Construct Five Neighborhood-Based “Youth Opportunity Hubs”
Additional $12 Million Awarded to Expand Existing Family and Youth Development Programs

100 Organizations in Four Underserved Neighborhoods to Benefit From Investments

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the investment of $45.9 million to create and construct five “Youth Opportunity Hubs,” a first-of-its-kind effort to knit together community-based providers and build new physical spaces for young people in target Manhattan neighborhoods; and an additional $12 million investment to help existing organizations specializing in family and youth development expand their capacity and develop innovative new services.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is providing these grants through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which District Attorney Vance created using criminal forfeiture funds obtained through the Office’s settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions. Today’s awards focus on four Manhattan neighborhoods identified as areas in need of investment in CJII’s strategic plan: East Harlem, Central and West Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Lower East Side.

“The role of law enforcement in the 21st century is not merely to arrest and prosecute,” said District Attorney Vance. “We can deliver greater public safety and healthier communities if we prevent young people from coming into contact with the justice system in the first place. The ill-gotten gains seized in our financial crime prosecutions represent a windfall opportunity to prevent crime by investing in our youth. I am thrilled to invest these funds in 100 of New York’s most venerable youth and family service organizations in East Harlem, Central and West Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Lower East Side. By creating attractive spaces offering one-stop resources and serving thousands of additional young people and families, we can help build the strongest generation of New Yorkers yet.”

“I commend District Attorney Vance for making today’s significant investments,” said Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance. “Supporting families and young people is one of the most effective approaches to preventing crime, and encouraging collaboration between grantees and other community-based partner providers will strengthen these efforts further. The work these organizations will do with this funding will have a lasting effect on improving public safety in the city.”

“Our police and prosecutors are essential, but the best way to prevent crime is to invest in our communities and ensure all our young people have the support and opportunities they need,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “These grants are funding programs that support at-risk young people in neighborhoods throughout our borough. I commend District Attorney Vance and his office for recognizing that crime prevention starts early, and extends far beyond the precinct and the courtroom.” Continuing reading press release HERE

Contact details:
For more information about the Osborne Association, please contact:
Jonathan Stenger
(718) 707-2721


CJII Initiative:

CJII Strategic Plan | Safer Neighborhoods and a Fairer, More Efficient Justice System


News on this story:

CBS New York | Manhattan DA Announces $58 Million Effort To Prevent Crime

NY Daily News |Manhattan DA announces $58M to go to youth programs

AM New York | Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance doles out $57.9 million to community groups