CPC and 5 Partner Orgs Extend Work of Flushing Economic Mobility Collaborative
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York City, all organizations involved in the Mobility Learning and Action Bets (LABs) project in Flushing, also known as the Flushing Collaborative, have moved quickly to adapt.
Following the New York State on PAUSE Executive Order, the co-leading organizations that make up the Flushing Mobility Collaborative – Asian Americans for Equality, Child Center of NY, Chinese-American Planning Council, MinKwon Center for Community Action, Queens Public Library, and RIVER FUND – all significantly modified services to keep staff safe while still meeting community needs.
Thanks to the generous support of Robin Hood, the collaborative is extending its work beyond the initial nine month timeline and continuing to engage the cohorts assembled to discuss and address economic mobility in Flushing without interruptions. The project team now uses multiple online platforms to virtually meet with the collaborative co-leading organizations, the Community Advisory Group (which is made up of local residents), and the Partners Advisory Group (which is made up of local organizations and other professional experts).
As a part of its ongoing work to support Flushing, the project is also focusing on the specific ways that COVID-19 impacts local families and organizations and what is needed to move forward. The project is more focused than ever on program participants who are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, such as job loss, food instability, and home schooling children. Thanks to the continued engagement of the Flushing Mobility Collaborative, individuals are empowered with additional resources, such as cash and food assistance.
As New York City reopens and we all adjust to a new economic reality, the Flushing Mobility Collaborative remains committed to its original mission to identify gaps and determine potential solutions to improve Flushing and steer it further toward recovery and revitalization.