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Westchester County Foundation Investing In Workforce Development

Mayor Tom Roach recently held a ribbon-cutting on the city's new mix-use housing/education affordable community area in White Plains.
Mayor Tom Roach recently held a ribbon-cutting on the city's new mix-use housing/education affordable community area in White Plains. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Westchester Community Foundation has partnered with a number of local agencies in an effort to bring workforce development and public housing together in the city.

The foundation has partnered with the City of White Plains, the White Plains Housing Authority, developer Jonathan Rose, JP Morgan Chase, and many others in the official opening of the White Plains Education & Training Center and The Prelude, the first phase of a revitalized public housing campus in the city.

Located in downtown White Plains, the Prelude is the first phase of a long-term transformation and comprehensive revitalization of the White Plains Housing Authority’s 450-unit public housing campus.

The recently completed Phase One project includes 103 affordable housing units and the White Plains Education and Training Center, which provides comprehensive education and training to promote economic empowerment, self-sufficiency and financial independence for residents and the greater White Plains community.

It is a model project for the redevelopment of a housing authority campus and represents an opportunity to realize a true mixed-use and mixed-income community, while at the same time building on White Plains' commitment to affordable housing.

“I am excited to unveil this important project to the public,” said White Plains Mayor Tom Roach in a statement. “It is a unique project in Westchester County and the region for several reasons. First, in re-envisioning our largest public housing site, we are challenging preconceived notions about public housing and throwing out old prejudices in favor of a new, progressive view which recognizes that our community succeeds when everyone in it – not just some – have a chance to succeed.

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