The Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety

The Problem

Distress is concentrated in a few neighborhoods. The neighborhoods where we see the highest number of shootings also tend to be the neighborhoods that suffer from other ills such as poor health outcomes, low graduation and low employment.


A Comprehensive Approach to Public Safety in New York City Housing Authority Developments

In an ongoing effort to make neighborhoods throughout the City safer and stronger, the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice is implementing a targeted and comprehensive approach to reduce violent crime in 15 NYCHA developments that make up almost 20 percent of all violent crime in New York City's public housing.

The initial returns on these investments in NYCHA neighborhoods are promising. Between July 1, 2014 and August 2, 2015, shootings in the target 15 developments declined 5.4%, major crime declined 9.9%, and violent crime declined 11.2%. This is work that will continue and become stronger as we address the enduring power and importance of place.

Strategies include:

MAP is working with the following communities

Click on a development to learn more about the available MAP programming in that location.

As part of the Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, residents from several developments worked with agency partners and community-based organizations on Action Lab projects to improve community cohesion and public safety. Residents at St. Nicholas Houses worked with Artistic Noise to develop a series of public art installations to enhance the lobbies of each building. (Photo Credit: Lauren Adelman)

Neighborhood Activation is a project of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), Building Healthy Communities, and the Mayor's Action Plan (MAP) for Neighborhood Safety. Neighborhood Activation focuses on how the built environment influences safety in the MAP communities. Over the past six months, MOCJ worked with Studio Gang and Hester Street to lead a collaborative design process with agency and community partners in Brownsville and Morrisania/Claremont. Through Neighborhood Activation, MOCJ will continue to work with community and agency stakeholders to improve community safety through design and programming.

The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) is making $50,000 available to stakeholder teams in Brownsville and Morrisania/Claremont to support collaboration and continued engagement in and around MAP Neighborhood Activation sites. This funding is not intended for construction, capital or final projects, but instead is meant to facilitate shared organizing, outreach, and testing of ideas around priority sites identified in the Neighborhood Activation Study. Funding will be disbursed by the Center for Court Innovation/Fund for the City of New York. Please note that this opportunity is only available to groups that have participated in at least one session of the Neighborhood Activation Study, and we highly encourage collaborative applications.

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