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Solution 1: Neighborhood Level


Problem: Public Housing Violence and Incarceration

Need: Neighborhood Leadership (NL)

Solution 1

Problem & Target: NYCHA

  • According to the Bronx Task Force "SAFE AT HOME" report, the crime rate in New York City Housing Authority is still a problem:

  1. From 2009 through the end of 2013, New York City saw a 3.3 percent increase in crime while NYCHA saw a 31 percent increase in crime. 

  2. Serious crimes in NYCHA developments rose about 2.4 percent from 5,088 in 2015 to 5,211 in 2016, in contrast to a citywide drop of approximately 4 percent.

  • Mayor’s NextGeneration NYCHA, the Housing Authority’s roadmap for the next ten years, where assembled data was used and concluded that while only 5% of New Yorkers live in public housing, 9% of New York City’s violent crime occurs in public housing.

Neighborhood Relations Services (NRS):

  • Engage and organize Tenant Council/Association on specific issues impacting the community and issues from the "SAFE AT HOME" report, but not limited to:

  1. Community Service

  2. Tenant Association Structure and Responsibilities

  3. Youth Leadership and Programming

  4. Policies and Practices


NRS will support the Residence and Community with:

  • Conducting outreach, distributing information and engaging the larger community and members at the local level (neighborhood benches) with a specific focus on:

  1. Families of directly impacted people

  2. ​Hardest to reach, disconnected and at-risk youth

  3. Criminal justice involved and formerly incarcerated people

12-Week Training

The training (Neighborhood Level solution) will provide organizing and advocacy training to interested students, as well as connect students to the #NeverBeCaged campaign/movement. During this training students will learn about the Neighborhood Relations Services work to end youth violence and incarceration throughout public housing. Our project-based learning opportunities will prepare students to design projects and understand the fundamentals of grant writing.  

Keep in Mind:

Justice Policy Center Recommendations from the Engaging Communities Report:

  • Many responses to gun violence have relied on sweeping tactics with the potential to label entire neighborhoods "violent".

  • These effects fall disproportionately on neighborhoods already highly disadvantaged. 

  • These enforcement strategies have contributed to mass incarceration and racial and socioeconomic disparities in the justice system and in communities (New York State Office of the Attorney General 2013; Mauer 2001; Sampson and Raudenbush 2004; Fagan and Davies 2000; DeFina and Hannon 2009)


Leaders Leadership League
13 Month Cohort-Based Initiative
Summer Program & Mentorship Practice
Experiential Learning & Internships
 College students familiarize themselves with projects