Harlem Community Justice Center

Harlem Community Justice Center

Highlights

  • Youth Impact

    Youth can be transformative leaders, addressing inequity in their communities and the factors that lead to youth involvement in the criminal legal system.  

  • Housing Resource Centers

    Through housing, financial, and legal assistance, we help tenants navigate housing court to resolve critical repairs and prevent evictions.

Photo Gallery

HCJC staff screenshot from Housing video
Helping Tenants Help Themselves

This video shines a spotlight on our Housing Help Center, which provides extensive outreach to the community during COVID-19, when many tenants are more vulnerable than ever. Staff empower tenants to advocate for their rights and help residents navigate Housing Court.

Harlem distributes PPE during Covid-19
Serving Our Community

Harlem staff and participants distribute PPE, such as masks and gloves, to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep people healthy and safe. The Men's Empowerment Program alone handed out 50,000 masks in 2020. 

staff learning together
Learning Together

Staff from across the Center came together for a first-of-its-kind immersive experience to explore all facets of our community-based programing. Harlem staff joined to talk about their community and youth programming. (pre-COVID)

HCJC at MCC at Summer Solstice
Keeping Families Safely Housed

Rafael shares information on the Housing Help Center to get tenants access to critical repairs and provide them with the tools and information needed to prevent evictions and homelessness. (pre-COVID)

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.

  • Publication

    Eviction Prevention and Mental Health

    While eviction is a universally stressful event, people with mental health conditions can face unique obstacles with housing retention for reasons related specifically to their disability. This guide provides a review of housing settings and specific risks of eviction for individuals with mental illness before focusing on housing court and the challenges these individuals and court personnel face therein and identifies junctures at which supportive, problem-solving interventions can ensure the necessary community supports and legal representation.

  • Video

    Men’s Empowerment Program | Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Young Men of Color

    "Until you begin to deal with that hurt and that trauma on the inside, it's always going to affect you and the things that you do," says Timothy, a program manager for our Men’s Empowerment Program. We support the mental health of young men of color by helping address and break the cycle of trauma and violence in the lives of young Black and Brown men in Harlem, NYC. With a trauma-informed focus on healing, young men experience a positive shift in how they see themselves and how they can be a resource to their community and the world.

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