Wyandanch Rising



Wyandanch is a hamlet in the Town of Babylon, with a predominately African-American and Hispanic Population. According to a 2000 Suffolk County Planning Report, Wyandanch was the most economically distressed community on Long Island. In the early 2000's Wyandanch's downtown lacked a sense of place or identity and suffered from blighted conditions, with many vacant businesses and boarded up buildings.

The Wyandanch Rising Vision: 

  • Affordable, market rate and workforce housing
  • Creation of career and construction job opportunities for Wyandanch residents 
  • Development of local businesses and economic growth
  • New space for community gatherings, cultural arts, health and wellness clinics and recreational areas
  • Collaborative efforts with organizations in the greater Suffolk County area for social and educational advancement 
  • Focusing on healthy and environmentally-friendly values and lifestyles

Wyandanch Implementation Committee 

The Wyandanch Rising Implementation Committee was established in approximately 2004, comprising a core group of residents, business owners, clergy and civic leaders to work with the Town to oversee the implementation of the community vision. This Implementation Committee has met continuously for over twenty years to guide the revitalization and act as liaisons between the Town and the Wyandanch community.


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