On June 16, more than 300 people flocked under the tent at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza for Bridge Street Development Corporation’s third annual Fresh Start Home Resource Expo, emceed by WWRL radio’s morning show host, Mark Riley. With more than two dozen organizations, agencies, and businesses offering information and demonstrations during the event, attendees had access to a wide variety of resources for preserving, maintaining and improving their homes, whether they were home owners or renters.
Bridge Street Development Corporation staff members conducted a First Time Homebuyers workshop and a Foreclosure Prevention workshop, while Eustace Greaves from the Bridge Insurance Agency spoke about saving money on home insurance, and Catherine Isobe of Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services discussed legal issues in the foreclosure process. In addition to the formal presentations and workshops, representatives from participating agencies, businesses, and organizations were available to provide attendees with detailed information, advice, and samples. Everyone who attended was entered in free raffle drawings that occurred throughout the day with prizes such as VISA gift cards, dinner at Brooklyn Beso restaurant, and a brand new iPad.
The Fresh Start Home Resource Expo, which was made possible by funding from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, is just one of dozens of events Bridge Street Development Corporation hosts each year with the goal of helping central Brooklyn residents to become financially literate, build and preserve wealth, and work toward a safer, more vibrant community.
Bridge Street would like to thank the following participants at this year’s home resource expo: Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services, Bridge Insurance Agency, Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Con Edison, Custom Metal Products, Greaves Financial Services, House Detective Home Inspectors, HSBC Bank, JPMorgan Chase, M&T Bank, MetLife, National Grid, NYC Department of Consumer Protection, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development, NYC Office of Emergency Management, NYC Office of Financial Empowerment, NYS Energy Audits, NYS Public Service Commission, Parodneck Foundation, Pratt Area Community Council, Restored Homes, Travelers Insurance, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.