Hester Street is partnering 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 projects or programs to be funded that can address public safety issues in their community. HST continues to work closely with the CCI and MAP teams to develop tools, materials and activities that creatively and effectively engage NYCHA residents in NStat with resources that are replicable across developments and adaptable to specific campus contexts.

Hester Street began working on the NStat program in 2018, helping CCI and MAP design interactive activities for defining safety priorities, brainstorm project ideas, and lead trainings for team members and City agency partners to better engage resident using these tools. Hester Street also helped to pilot these tools at 3 of the 15 designated NYCHA developments – Boulevard Houses in East New York and the Brownsville Houses and Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The team designed these materials so that MOCJ and CCI could adapt them for use at the additional NStat campuses in the future.