Cornerstone Astoria Houses
Cornerstone programming was developed by New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to engage year-round programming for adults and youth who reside in NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) housing developments.
Cornerstone Astoria Houses
Program Director: Rafael Santana Ext. 1201
Program Director Assistant: Traequan Middleton Ext 1202
Front Desk/Administrative Assistant: Joseph Rojas-Muniz Ext. 1204

4-05 Astoria Boulevard
Astoria, NY 11102
Tel: 347-813-4452
Program Hours

Monday through Friday: 2pm - 10pm

Summer Hours: Monday - Sunday: 8am - 11pm
In 2014, we were awarded a contract to provide services to the residents of NYCHA's Astoria Houses. We provide dynamic programming that is driven by participants' needs and interests.

Cornerstone staff provide after school programming to 5-24 year old residents of the development and the surrounding community. We work closely with the Residents' Association, the current residents, and program participants, to create engaging and creative programming. Our Program is designed to encourage self-advocacy, embrace individual self-worth, build self-appreciation of all skills and talents, and maintain a strong dedication of working towards the overall common good of the community.
Programming includes:
  • Educational activities
  • Homework help
  • Computer assistance to encourage research and individual learning
  • Secret Society Dance Team (Middle/High School)
  • Top Secret Dance Team (Elementary)
  • Art activities trips to educational sites of interest
  • Basketball tournaments
  • Y.M.I. (Young Men's Initiative)
  • Learning Labs (Coming Fall)
  • Participation in community events
  • Photo Club (Middle School)
  • Civic Engagement
  • Study Hall (Middle School)
  • NYC Workout
  • Paint Lounge
  • Crochet
You can make a difference!
All residents of Astoria Houses are invited to join
      Advisory Board
      The Advisory Board is a forum to discuss programming, staff, important events, upcoming activities, planning of future activities and programming, and identifying and addressing issues in the community.
      Youth Council
      The Youth Council offers young people residing in the development and the surrounding area a platform to exercise their voice through organizing, civic engagement, and community leadership.
      Contact us to find out more about this program