The South Bronx Community Resiliency Agenda (SBCRA) is engaging local communities in creating a comprehensive climate resiliency agenda that will strengthen the physical and social resiliency of the South Bronx Significant Maritime And Industrial Area (SMIA). This project is enabling THE POINT to strategically influence the next phases of the Hunts Point Resiliency while addressing the resiliency needs of other neighborhoods in the SMIA (Port Morris, Soundview, Mott Haven, and Longwood) by strengthening the local capacity for community-led resiliency planning.
Key Focus Areas:
FREE Hunts Point
In an effort to build a more resilient and better connected Hunts Point, THE POINT CDC, in collaboration with New America, is launching FREE HUNTS POINT COMMUNITY WIFI; a wireless mesh WIFI network, which provides free communication that is resistant to power and internet outages. The Hunts Point Peninsula is a waterfront community which is home to the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, various industrial and commercial businesses and residential community. Due to elevation and proximity to the waterfront, various areas of the peninsula have greater potential for flooding putting business and residents at risk. In the case of an emergency, the network will serve as a critical resource for communicating vital information.
Be A Buddy (BAB)
The Hunts Point – Longwood Be A Buddy (BaB) program is designed to prepare the community for future climate events through climate health education and community preparedness. The Program is aimed at increasing community resilience, reducing vulnerabilities to heat emergencies and extreme weather and promoting connections between local residents. The BaB program consists of a network of local volunteers who conduct outreach during an emergency and non-emergency periods to the community, particularly those most vulnerable to climate-related emergencies and providing local residents with resources, aid, and immediate support during climate emergencies such as heat waves or coastal storms.
Hunts Point Resiliency
The Hunts Point Resiliency Project aims to strengthen energy and flood resiliency for the residents, businesses, and community of Hunts Point. NYCEDC is working in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) and local stakeholders to advance resiliency in Hunts Point. Hunts Point Resiliency Project is a priority for the City, as identified in 2015’s One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City. The Hunts Point Resiliency Project builds off of Hunts Point Lifelines, one of six winning proposals from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Rebuild by Design competition in 2013. The City has $45 million of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to advance resiliency in Hunts Point through further study and implementation of a pilot project.
CAMP-EJ is a community-based participatory research project that empowers youth and community members to address air quality issues in environmental justice communities. This program seeks to advance air quality priorities laid out in NYC-EJA’s 2018 “NYC Climate Justice Agenda” and focuses on the study of PM 2.4 emissions in the Hunts Point community. CAMP-EJ engages youth and communities on the power of citizen science, generate data to inform environmental justice goals, identify causes of air pollution and create policy recommendations.
A.C.T.I.O.N. Activists Comming to Inform Our Neighborhood
THE POINT’s teen community leadership group A.C.T.I.O.N. engages stipend youth activists three times per week from the community who work to identify social and environmental justice issues facing Hunts Point with the goal of developing ongoing youth-led solutions. A.C.T.I.O.N. members receive training in three core areas of leadership, media and environmental policy. The program provides strong academic support throughout the school year and assists with summer internship placement for all A.C.T.I.O.N. participants.
South Bronx Resiliency Arts Fellowship
Join THE POINT and the Lincoln Center Innovation Fund in deepening the roots and routes of resilience on the Hunts Point Peninsula. Work with four great artists to have your voices heard! Living and working in this community places everyone at continued risks of storm surges, displacement, and the trauma associated with marginalization. Together, through the arts, we will create a strategy that serves to address and ultimately overcome local hardships existing in our South Bronx community.
Contact: Carey Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunts Point Heat Project (HP2):
The POINT is seeking to develop a program that will involve urban outdoor and indoor heat monitoring and mapping. This project will help analyze the issues around extreme heat, urban heat island effect and heat health within our community and how to best use green infrastructure.