Alternative Models of Community Safety and Security

Alternative Models of Community Safety and Security

Funding could also be allocated to support alternative community safety models that are rooted in communities. Examples of alternatives exist around the city such as 696 at Queensbridge Houses and the Peacekeepers program at Red Hook Houses. These alternative...
Alternative Models of Community Safety and Security

End Permanent Exclusion in Public Housing

Hyper-policing is especially prominent on NYCHA campuses. In fact, every campus is tied in with a precinct specifically created and maintained to assign more officers to patrol NYCHA campuses. This increases the chances for negative interactions with police officers,...
Alternative Models of Community Safety and Security

Save & Protect Small Businesses

While the city and developers have been heralding bad jobs as “opportunities”, they have been stalling on providing real support to small businesses which would also help protect existing jobs. Nearly 50% of small businesses in NYC are immigrant-owned, and those along...
Alternative Models of Community Safety and Security

Climate Change Preparation

Climate change is happening and is expected to intensify over the next decade and on. Despite our perceived status as a blue city in a blue state, we still have a lot of work to do. Some of the lack is tied to the burgeoning real estate interests in our waterfront...
Alternative Models of Community Safety and Security

Health & Wellness as Centerpoints

Through organizing and speaking to neighbors, it has become clear that making our neighborhoods more healthy for residents is what a lot of folks want. Providing better jobs and stable housing goes a long way towards this goal. But other things must be done. Local...
Alternative Models of Community Safety and Security

Public Land for Public Use & Community Ownership

Beyond the process of changes around private land, the Western Queens CLT example highlights another inroad towards community- and wellness-centered land use: preserving public land and bringing it under democratic, community-control.  Since 2014, the city has...
Alternative Models of Community Safety and Security

Revamp Land Use Review Process

This must begin by addressing the process by which these decisions are made, the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP. This process for approving land use decisions has long been critiqued by community activists and advocates because of the way residents are...
Alternative Models of Community Safety and Security

Abolish the Tax Lien Sale

Each year, the city attempts to sell off the outstanding tax and water debts of homeowners to private investors. In addition to collecting the debt, lien buyers can decide to foreclose on the properties. This means that this process places the fate of thousands of...
Alternative Models of Community Safety and Security

Fully Fund, Repair & Expand Public Housing

Public housing provides affordable housing to more than half a million residents in NYC. Hundreds of thousands more fill its waiting list. Due to government neglect, disinvestment, and mismanagement, units and buildings are in grave disrepair, providing unsafe and...
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