South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)

South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)
Organization Name:
South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)
Primary Address 1:
555 Bergen Avenue
Primary Address City:
Bronx
Primary Address State:
NY
Primary Address Zip:
10455
Long Organization Description:

Mission: To enhance the quality of life in the South Bronx by strengthening businesses and creating innovative economic, housing, educational, and career development programs for youth and adults.

Organization Website Address:
Organization Phone Number:
(718) 292-3113
Director, Manager or CEO (First Name):
Phillip Morrow
How often does your organization use social media?:
Every day
Interesting Fact About the Organization:
Since our founding in 1972, SoBRO has served over 20,000 students, helped to create and retain more than 40,000 jobs for area residents, and created the climate for hundreds of million dollars of capital investment into the South Bronx.
Number of staff/employees:
4
Annual Budget:
$9,000,000
Year Started:
1972
Major Funders:
Donations and grants
Organization Type:
Community Advocacy
About the Organization:
SoBro is a South Bronx community development organization focused on building and rehabilitating real estate, assisting residents with business needs from start-up to existing business improvement and implementing green, urban planning initiatives. They offer opportunities for youth to learn and develop, create affordable housing and commercial space and create a climate for capital investment in the community.
Latest Project:
South Bronx Healthy Food Initiative Works with residents and businesses in the South Bronx to increase healthy food options in our community. Contact: Ayca Ergeneman, aergeneman@sobro.org
Areas Served:
Bronx
Core Programs:
Real Estate:
– Rehabilitate existing building and create new buildings in vacant space
– Increase availability of owner-occupied and rental housing for low- and moderate-income families by generating available housing
– Commercial development building and rehabilitation
Urban Planning:
– Integrate brownfield remediation and redevelopment, waterfront revitalization, green infrastructure and design, and public space planning, to promote healthy, resilient, and equitable communities
Green Infrastructure:
– Focus on green practices and sustainable design to address environmental and public health challenges
Greenroofs: stormwater-capturing green roofs, native grasses and flowers, riverstone walking path, seating areas, edible and ornamental plants (partnered with Brooklyn Grange – to design and oversee the installation of both green roofs)
ReFIT – initiative to assest industrial businesses to improve building performance, reducing business owners; expenses and educating them regarding the value of green infrastructure, mitigate core environmental concerns and create green jobs in the Bronx
Career Development:
– Assists residents with seeking and retaining employment
Business Assistance:
– Assists new and existing businesses to start and grow with programs that provide services that address comprehensive needs of businesses, a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs
Major Issues:
Community Advocacy, Healthy Food Access
Non-profit?:
Nonprofit
We have and or use Social Media?:
Yes, we do have social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)
Frequently used hashtags 1:
#sobro #southbronx #community
Frequently used hashtags 2:
#bronxcommunitydevelpment
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