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: 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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  • Community Groups Help Teens Live Out Their Dreams As Part Of NYCHA Mentoring Program


    Monica Morales profiles how teens at the Ingersoll Houses are now giving back and saying "thank you" to the community groups and leaders that helped them with mentorship, programming, and business development. "Gifts from Within" is the name of this initiative that recognized both the Business Playbook and the Mayor's Action Plan for their work through a colorful mural painted by the local teens.

  • ‘Harlem Garden Ladies’ Creating Green Space In Their NYCHA Development


    In an effort to bring the community together, over a dozen mothers, grandmothers, and other family members are creating more green space at their NYCHA development. Thanks to funding from the Mayor’s Action Plan and working along with Neighborhood Safety Initiatives, the “Harlem Garden Ladies” are expanding and adding more green space to the Polo Grounds Towers in Harlem. If you were to ask them, these women say "they are planting seeds and then watching the good in the community grow."

  • Whose Eyes on the Street?

    Landscape Architecture Magazine

    How can designers and advocates reckon with the uneasy history of safety in environmental design? This article explores how our Neighborhood Safety Initiatives, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice are working in public housing communities to build stronger, healthier public spaces.

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