Creating Aspirational Neighborhoods

Creating Aspirational Neighborhoods

“Aspirational neighborhoods” = neighborhoods that can lift people out of poverty and help them to prosper

Over the past 30 years, the number of homeless individuals in New York City has increased almost five-fold from approximately 7,500 in 1982 to over 36,000 in 2011. Families have experienced this increase even more acutely. In 1982 there were over 1,000 homeless families in shelter, by 2013 there were 11,000 families, an eleven-fold increase. For those with children, the average length of stay in shelter is 337 days. Even after leaving shelter, 56% of families wind up returning to the system compared with 22% a decade ago, indicating that the City shelter system largely fails to create the opportunities clients need to find and maintain stable housing.

Supportive housing groups have attempted to address this by providing social services to their residents alongside housing. Since the early 1990’s, they have created 40,000 units of housing for singles and made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of vulnerable people. Many more housing units have been set aside for homeless families.

However, the families that enter the shelter system today largely come from the same neighborhoods as they did 30 years ago – namely in Central Brooklyn, the South Bronx, and Northern Manhattan. More troubling is that new neighborhoods are being added to the list, like Williamsbridge in the Bronx and Jamaica in Queens.

Through this Aspirational Neighborhoods project, we are focusing on research projects and events that will bring together experts in the field to come up with strategies that can ensure that our neighborhoods are rich repositories to support the needs of their residents – to lift them out of poverty and help them to prosper.

 

 

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  • CHPC Releases Neighborhood Stress Test

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    CHPC has released a new report that sets a foundation for our Aspirational Neighborhoods initiative. The Neighborhood Stress Test identifies a method for policymakers to focus the attention and resources of government on the neighborhoods that need it most. In the process of developing this method, CHPC has also identified serious issues regarding the collection of data by public agencies that hamper government efforts to coordinate effective programs in those communities.

    Aspirational Neighborhoods, our work to empower New York City neighborhoods to help their residents lift themselves out of poverty, seeks to support the efforts of the city government to create a more equitable city for all New Yorkers. To that end, the Neighborhood Stress Test offers a way to think about and prioritize government investment in neighborhoods.

    The Neighborhood Stress Test compiles the outcomes of a range of indicators—from health to housing to crime—as a means of drawing attention to the conditions of New Yorkers in their communities.

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CHPC Releases Neighborhood Stress Test

1028 NEW Stress Test DM 1

CHPC has released a new report that sets a foundation for our Aspirational Neighborhoods initiative. The Neighborhood Stress Test identifies a method for policymakers to focus the attention and resources of government on the neighborhoods that need it most. In the process of developing this method, CHPC has also identified serious issues regarding the collection of data by public agencies that hamper government efforts to coordinate effective programs in those communities.

Aspirational Neighborhoods, our work to empower New York City neighborhoods to help their residents lift themselves out of poverty, seeks to support the efforts of the city …

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Steering the New Course: policy ideas for the new administration

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STEERING THE NEW COURSE:
CHPC’s Ideas for Housing and Land Use Policy in New York City

With so much political change in New York this year, we felt that it was important to set out our suggestions and priorities for housing and land use policy based on all of CHPC’s work over recent years. We always aim to be a resource for decision-makers inside and outside of government – to help them to understand NYC’s most pressing housing and neighborhood issues, think through the real impact of policy on the three-dimensional built environment, and map out realistic policy steps for …

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Creating Aspirational Communities

Last fall, Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) convened eleven experts on homeless policy, supportive housing, and community development for a roundtable discussion around Creating the Aspirational Community.

The goal was to engage in an open and meaningful conversation about how to more effectively help the homeless and those facing homelessness as New York City approaches new records in its shelter population.

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Over the past 30 years, the number of homeless individuals in New York City has increased almost five-fold from approximately 7,500 in 1982 to over 36,000 in 2011. Families have experienced this increase even more acutely. In …

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