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Urban Land Institute;
Real estate projects designed to withstand the effects of climate change can provide substantial returns on investment and an array of other benefits, according to this new report. Case studies from 10 leading resilience projects are highlighted, ranging from a Boston hospital built to withstand coastal storms to a residential community in San Antonio built to withstand the effects of intense heat and drought. Other communities with highlighted case studies include Queens, N.Y.; Miami, FL; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Nashville, TN; Tucson, AZ and Lancaster, CA.
The study found an array of benefits from the climate-smart designs in addition to their strength against climate unpredictability. They include:
Better energy efficiency. For example, multilayered impact-resistant windows save energy and reduce utility bills.Greater marketing, sales and leasing success driven by buyers' desires for well-built structures that will withstand harsh conditions and keep their value longer.Better financing options and lower insurance rates based on the reduced risk from resilient and hardened structures.
Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center;
Every day, immigrants in Northwest Queens struggle to find work, obtain legal status, and manage their finances. While immigrant consumers are an integral part of the New York City economy -- spending and saving money and paying taxes -- many face multiple barriers to financial empowerment. This means that many immigrants struggle to build the kind of wealth that could enable them to buy a home, pay for higher education, save for retirement, and lead to overall long-term economic stability and security. While many immigrant consumers do save money, many do not trust mainstream financial institutions because they do not provide linguistically or culturally competent services. Others are concerned about hidden or excessive fees. As a result many immigrant consumers utilize fringe financial services that tend to be predatory and exploitative.
Exploring the Metropolis, Inc.;
The Queens Workspace Initiative (QWI) is a project conceived and led by Exploring the Metropolis (EtM) to help ensure that the performing arts offerings in the borough of Queens are the best they can be.The major activities comprise surveying performing artists, cultural facilities and other stakeholders; making recommendations to stakeholders and policymakers; and conducting pilot programs.
In 2013-14, Exploring the Metropolis has been assessing workspace needs for performing artists in Queens. We've interviewed key players, sent out surveys, held focus groups and studied ways to help the Queens performing arts community grow and thrive.
New York Women's Foundation;
This brief provides demographic and descriptive data of Queens, an overview of NYWF's investments, and highlights of the work of grantee partners based in the borough. The profile includes participant success stories from the field as well as a discussion of ongoing challenges. Information included in this report was generated from semi-annual reports provided by grantee partners.
New York Women's Foundation;
This brief provides demographic and descriptive data of Manhattan, an overview of NYWF's investments, and highlights of the work of grantee partners based in the borough. The profile includes participant success stories from the field as well as a discussion of ongoing challenges. Information included in this report is generated from semi-annual reports provided by grantee partners.
New York Women's Foundation;
This brief provides demographic and descriptive data of Brooklyn, provides an overview of NYWF's investments in the borough, and highlights the work of grantee partners based in Brooklyn. The profile includes participant success stories from the field as well as a discussion of ongoing challenges. Information included in this report is generated from regular performance reports provided by grantee partners.
Building Movement Project;
The concepts of community and social capital are connected to feelings of belonging, interdependence, trust and reciprocity; and both ideas have been integrated into frameworks for helping marginalized people and addressing social problems. Sense of community is linked to psychological well-being and is one of the most commonly researched ideas in the field of community psychology. Social capital gained popularity over the last two decades, thanks in part to Robert Putnam's best-selling book "Bowling Alone", and to foundations promoting the concept as "useful to help families escape poverty and build healthy communities."
The popular focus on community and social capital may draw criticism for being romantic or naïve as a social change strategy, but in direct service delivery, both concepts point to the hard-to-quantify benefits that social service agencies provide. In neighborhoods that have been marginalized by economic and racial inequities, service providers often see specific problems of homelessness, hunger, unemployment, addiction, etc., linked to more generalized social distance and alienation. Therefore, when nonprofit organizations take a holistic approach to helping people, they should not overlook the importance of building a sense of community within their organization and among clients.
This report includes two case studies of community building efforts by nonprofit organizations in Detroit and New York City.
New York Women's Foundation;
This report includes figures specific to the work of grantee organizations located in the Bronx borough of New York City. Grantee partners supported in the Bronx have a range of organizational structures and scopes of practice. Some grantee partners are community-based organizations that promote opportunities and ameliorate challenges in the lives of local neighborhood residents while others have a broader reach. In areas as diverse as training women entrepreneurs to providing academic tutoring for girls, these organizations are making a difference in the lives of women and girls. Across this continuum, the New York Women's Foundation continues to fund innovators whose work helps to transform individual lives as well as communities and promotes the vision of a more safe, just and equitable society.
Queens Congregations United for Action (now Faith in New York) surveyed and held relational outreach interviews with over 600 victims of Sandy along with meetings with 18 elected officials, which resulted in Faith in New York and the PICO National Network's research report "Stepping into the Breach: A Community driven strategy for equitable recovery and rebuilding in New York's hardest hit neighborhoods."
Make the Road New York;
After hearing numerous complaints of police abuse and misconduct against LGBTQ people in Jackson Heights, Queens, Make the Road New York (with help from the Anti-Violence Project) surveyed over 300 Queens residents about their experiences with police in the neighborhood. The survey findings and individual testimonies reveal a disturbing and systemic pattern of police harassment, violence, and intimidation directed at LGBTQ community members. The discriminatory use of "stop and frisks" in the policing of communities of color has been well documented -- the 110th and 115th precincts that are responsible for policing Jackson Heights had 90%-93% rates of stop and frisk activity towards people of color in 2011. Our survey reveals, however, that within this community LGBTQ people of color are particularly targeted.
New York City Profiling Collaborative;
In order to capture the ongoing effects of profiling on the daily lives of South Asians in New York City, seven organizations ("New York City Profiling Collaborative" or the "Collaborative") embarked on an initiative to document community members' experiences. Members of the Collaborative included six organizations based in New York City that serve, organize, or advocate on behalf of South Asian community members, particularly in Brooklyn and Queens: DRUM- Desis Rising Up and Moving; The Sikh Coalition; UNITED SIKhS; South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!); Coney Island Avenue Project (CIAP); and Council of Peoples Organization (COPO); and also included the national organization, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).
The Collaborative's objectives were to understand and illuminate the impact of ongoing profiling by attempting to answer three primary questions:
How does profiling -- specifically in the contexts of law enforcement interactions, immigration, and airport security screenings -- continue to affect South Asians in New York City over ten years after September 11th?What are the human impacts and costs of profiling on the daily lives of South Asian individuals, families, and communities in New York City?What measures can federal, state, and local policymakers and stakeholders take to address and eliminate profiling?The findings and recommendations of this report are based on the analysis of 628 surveys, 25 interviews, and four focus groups conducted with South Asian community members primarily in Brooklyn and Queens between August 2010 and August 2011. The report also draws extensively from secondary data sources. It is important to note that the documentation project does not claim to be a statistical analysis of profiling. Rather, the purpose was to gather qualitative evidence of the impact of profiling on South Asians in New York City, to document individual stories, and to make recommendations to policymakers and stakeholders.