A day before she took city leaders on a walking tour of the downtown Jamaica business district to announce the launch of the Jamaica Neighborhood Plan to create new jobs and housing while improving the streetscape in the neighborhood, Councilwoman Nantasha Williams held a constituent services event at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York Church.
The May 25 event was made possible through a collaboration with the Met Council, which provided representatives from their office to assist District 27 residents with a range of essential services to individuals facing challenges such as job loss, income instability and the need for bill payment assistance. They provided crisis intervention services, helping constituents navigate through these difficult situations and identify the next steps towards financial stability.
In addition to financial assistance, the event also focused on helping individuals understand and navigate the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) application process. The Met Council representatives offered step-by-step guidance on how to fill out applications and provided valuable insights into the process, ensuring that constituents were well-informed and empowered to access the benefits they are entitled to.
“Together, our office aims to provide essential services to those in need, demonstrating a dedication to improving the lives of constituents and building a stronger, more resilient community,” Williams said, adding that this was the first of many upcoming initiatives with Met Council, which assisted 25 .of her constituents by providing critical support they needed.
The event prioritized the protection and well-being of our community’s most vulnerable members. Met Council representatives addressed the crucial issue of geriatric and elder abuse, imparting knowledge on preventative measures and equipping attendees with the tools to safeguard themselves and their loved ones. This emphasis on community safety and the well-being of our elderly population was an integral part of the event’s success.
“We are proud to team up with Council member Nantasha Williams to help the council member’s constituents get the help they deserve,” Met Council CEO David Greenfield said.
Met Council is the nation’s largest Jewish charity dedicated to serving the needy. Met Council’s 10 different departments are staffed by experts who helped over 305,000 clients in 2020 and continuously advocate on behalf of all needy New Yorkers. Met Council programs range from 100% affordable housing at 20 locations to award-winning family violence program to comprehensive Holocaust survivor assistance to senior programming to crisis intervention to the largest free kosher food distribution program in the world through a network of 101 food pantries and 20 affordable housing sites.