(October 11, 2016) New York – Acclaimed artist Stash has helped to draw the latest portrait of change and empowerment in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, supporting HELP USA’s community development and the East New York Street Soccer Club, a soccer for social change club created by non-profit Street Soccer USA.

Stash Street Soccer Mural in ENY

Located on the broad side of a HELP USA supportive housing building for low income and formerly homeless residents in East New York, Stash’s mural features Keith Haring’s HELP USA logo and serves as the back drop for the new state-of-the-art soccer pitch for Street Soccer USA’s East New York Street Soccer Club.

Stash is considered one of New York’s graffiti legends, pivotal to the East Village scene of the early 1980s. He exhibited his first canvases alongside pop art pioneers Keith Haring and Jean-Michael Basquiat when he was only 17. By the late 1990s, Stash had pioneered the use of graphic elements of graffiti on streetwear through high-profile collaborations with companies such as Nike and Bathing Ape. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and has also been featured at the Museum of the City of New York and the Brooklyn Museum.

The East New York Street Soccer Club uses soccer to teach life skills and enhance academic and employment outcomes for its participants from the Genesis Academy after school program and HELP I transitional housing facility, who previously had limited access to open space.

The program has partnered with several local groups to provide service linkages within the community, including a local federally qualified health center; HELP R.O.A.D.S, a family safety and non-residential domestic violence program; and other local community groups who will also have access to the space, such as the Thomas Jefferson High School women’s varsity soccer team.

HELP USA is one of the nation’s largest homeless service providers and low-income housing developers serving at-risk populations including families, veterans, and victims of domestic violence. The national non-profit operates three multi-family supportive housing buildings that surround the new soccer pitch, as well as a 200-unit family homeless shelter across the street. The organization has been involved in the East New York community for nearly 30 years.

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About HELP USA

HELP USA is one of the nation’s largest homeless service providers and low-income housing developers serving at-risk populations including families, veterans, and victims of domestic violence. HELP USA currently serves more than 8,000 people every day at over 50 programs and residences across five states. Founded in 1986, HELP USA has served more than 375,000 men, women, and children and provides over 3,500 units of permanent and transitional housing as part of its 30 year history of developing innovative solutions to provide safe, stable homes.

About Street Soccer USA

Street Soccer USA offers a soccer-based life skills program that teaches eight progressive life and job readiness skills with age appropriate content. With 22 programs across 16 cities, the goal of the Street Soccer curriculum is personal empowerment by teaching our participants to be problem solvers in their individual lives and in their community.