Hester Street is working with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) to develop tools and materials for NeighborhoodStat (NStat). NStat is a component of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, which focuses on 15 NYCHA developments that have faced historic disinvestment and, as a result, persistent crime and safety issues. Through NStat, residents at each development collaborate with City agencies and community partners to develop and vote on a $30,000 project or program to address public safety issues in their community, which will then be implemented by June 2020.
Hester Street built off of work previously done through NStat to create interactive activities for defining safety priorities and brainstorming project ideas, and led trainings for CCI staff and City agency partners to better engage resident using these tools. Hester Street helped to pilot these tools at 3 of the 15 designated NYCHA developments – Boulevard Houses in East New York, Brownsville Houses and Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The team designed the materials so that MOCJ and CCI could adapt them for the other 12 campuses going forward.