The Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer and Mayor Bill de Blasio recently released The Brownsville Plan to advance community-driven strategies for the creation of 2,500 new affordable homes, new and improved cultural, recreational and educational facilities and business opportunities in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Community input began last July and included dozens of advocacy organizations, some 500 residents and an innovative collaboration with coUrbanize, an online community engagement platform. One of the results is a comprehensive plan for the creation of affordable housing on public and privately owned sites representing more than a $1 billion investment.

In addition, the plan coordinates more than $150 million in city investments, including improvements to Brownsville’s parks, NYCHA developments and streets and roadways. It includes plans for a new community center for teens at the Brownsville Houses and a new Neighborhood Health Action Center.

Much of the work will be completed or underway within the next five years.