Neighborhood Safety Initiatives

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Our Impact

  • 365 NYCHA residents across five boroughs make up the resident teams led by  Neighborhood Safety Initiatives

  • 60,000 NYCHA residents reached

  • $550K in funds accessed by teams to complete resident-driven projects to improve public safety.

Kisha, Resident of Tompkins Houses
“I’m passionate about the beautification of Tompkins because it matters. It mattters. It really matters. Not just for the beautification but the upliftment for the people. ”
Kisha Resident of Tompkins Houses

Publications & Digital Media

  • Publication

    Fact Sheet: Housing Justice

    Housing is a human right and the foundation for strong communities. Access to a safe and affordable home creates economic and community stability. This fact sheet highlights the challenges and how our staff are working to prevent evictions, help landlords address health hazards, and increase tenant financial and legal empowerment. By addressing issues early, we keep people safely housed and avoid legal system involvement that can affect employment, family security, and future access to stable housing.

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    Changemakers in Action: Jukie Tsai

    A lifelong New Yorker, Jukie Tsai’s work with the Center has taken him all over the city. “I’m still surprised by how massive this city is and how many wonderful communities there are.” As a planner with our Neighborhood Safety Initiatives program, Jukie currently works with residents in public housing to co-create meaningful community change through tenant-directed projects including building community gardens, designing lighting improvements, and creating public artwork. “There’s so much expertise among residents about what is going on and needs to be addressed.

  • Publication

    Fact Sheet: Neighborhood Safety Intiatives

    This fact sheet describes Neighborhood Safety Initiatives, a program of the Center for Court Innovation, which seeks to improve public safety in New York City by investing in residents, transforming public spaces, and influencing policy. The program provides training to local residents in community organizing, human-centered design, and re-envisioning public spaces to promote people’s wellbeing. Residents propose tangible solutions to challenges and learn how to access the resources needed to carry them out and support community safety.   

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  • New Podcast Unites Youth from NYCHA Developments


    Youth Nation Grindin’ gives the youth in the communities the opportunity to step up to the mic and share their experiences. Eugene Rodriguez from the Neighborhood Safety Initiatives, one of the programs assisting with the podcast, said it’s not just about talking, it’s about listening to what young people have to say about what impacts them every day.

  • Staten Island mom continues efforts to feed her neighborhood


    In response to a gas outage, Staten Island community members came together to create their own solution to fight food insecurity. A group of volunteers went door-to-door delivering food and supplies. Leticia Lucero from the Center's Neighborhood Safety Initiatives says the community really came together to do this work, sharing how great it feels to highlight positive things happening in communities, especially among all that's going on in the world.

  • Governor Hochul Announces State has Provided $30 Million in Grants to Fight Gun Violence Over Last Three Months

    In this official announcement from Governor Kathy Hochul's office, the Center for Court Innovation, RISE Project (Brooklyn), Save Our Streets (The Bronx), Neighborhood Safety Initiatives (Harlem), and others were named as recipients of a grant designed to fund new outreach workers, violence interrupters, and social workers across New York in communities experiencing increases in gun-related violence over the last year.

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