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  • HOMETOWN SECURITY LABORATORIES
  • Local Economic Transformation
  • Project-Based Solutions
  • “You shouldn't have to leave your neighborhood to live in a better one,”
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WELCOME!

We are a Research & Development Lab, located in NYC’s South Bronx, that builds solutions for the challenges to positive economic development  in low-status communities everywhere.

OUR APPROACH

Every community is unique, but the lessons we’ve learned by doing, have applications across geographic and ethnic lines. We’re eager to share what we learn with people who can take these idea and run with them in their communities.

Projects
Community Advisory Boards

Regular meet ups bring together disparate voices within a geographic area, comprised of business owners, residents, and informal networks of local influencers who do not generally fall into the scope of established organizations.

What We Do

Serving as stewards of the Community, working for neighborhood improvements, reviving the quality of local businesses, and enhancing Police/Community relations.

Advisory Boards are a pressure point that catalyses government agency responses for the community we serve.

  1. Meet on a bi-weekly basis.

  2. Identify problems within or that affect our community.

  3. Compile & Document recommendations to alleviate/eliminate identified problems together.

  4. Research City agencies + key players that can help.

  5. Appear at the pivotal junctures in uniformity wearing Advisory Board Polo shirts, where agencies and/or key players will notice.

  6. Ensure all points within our documented recommendations are addressed, and that each point on the recommendations documents is brought up and discussed to our satisfaction.

  7. Continue to show up and respectfully address our concerns until we see that our voices have been heard, and we have received commitment from to act on identified issues.

  8. Follow Up.

  9. Identify new issues, challenges, concerns, solutions…

  10. Repeat as needed!

 What We Have Done

  • Street/Sidewalk Lighting Hunts Point Problem Identified: Bringing awareness to lighting and transportation issues at every Vision Zero meetings. Outcome: Department of Transportation Replaced Hunts Point lights, and placed new ones on Lafayette and other identified areas.

  • Rikers Island crime statistics merged with local 41st Precinct Problem Identified: The NYPD 41st precinct crime statistics were including Riker’s Island crime statistics - even though an “Island” is not contiguous with the land in the South Bronx Outcome: Legislation was passed, and statistics were decoupled.

  • Bronx Works Homeless Shelter Problem Identified: Cleaning up the loitering, drug usage, and increasing the safety of the immediate area in Lafayette and Barretto (within Hunts Point) Related to the BronxWorks shelter Outcome: Increased vigilance and new, implemented policies by facility administration, greater vigilance from NYPD, new lighting by DOT in the area, increased overall safety, and decrease in visible crime.

  • Sanitation Issues Problem Identified: Launched a 311 campaign to report all sorts of sanitation issues. Over 240 tickets filed. Outcome: City Council allocated DOE funds for bi-monthly Hunts Point median maintenance, as well as daily sidewalk cleaning.

  • Prostitution Problem Identified: Prostitutes on Lafayette Avenue Outcome: No longer seeing prostitutes on the avenue due to increased NYPD enforcement.

  • Dog Poo Concerns Problem Identified: Dog Poo on sidewalks. Outcome: Work in progress: Majora Carter Group, LLC sponsored “Pick It Up/LimpiaLo” Signage free to members to put up on private properties. No current legislation to fine violators exists -- unless directly observed by the NYPD. Exploring Dog DNA tagging systems used in smaller communities elsewhere.

  • Ensure City projects benefit residents: eg. HUD sponsored Resiliency by Design Project Problem Identified: Local employment is not effectively connected to government sponsored large scale green infrastructure projects. Outcome: The HPAB has shown active participation during all planning meetings to ensure inclusion of local resident recommendations. Additionally, the HPAB was included as one of the groups in the planning board.

  • Ensure City projects benefit residents: eg. HUD sponsored Resiliency by Design Project Problem Identified: Local employment is not effectively connected to government sponsored large scale green infrastructure projects. Outcome: The HPAB has shown active participation during all planning meetings to ensure inclusion of local resident recommendations. Additionally, the HPAB was included as one of the groups in the planning board.

  • Current Projects Working to develop a local dog run on underutilized infill properties

Advisory Board Members
Sulma Arzu Brown
Jermaine Thompson
Maritza Higgins
Emmanuel Hickson
Michelle Lawson
Katie Thompson
Judith Rafael
Audrey de Jesus
Leroy Burton
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STARTUP BOX

is a social enterprise designed to bring entry level tech jobs and other employment opportunities to people who might otherwise be left behind by yet another economic boom…

 

Revenue generating social enterprise that brings typically off-shored technology service. Jobs into American inner-city neighborhood locations to produce five key benefits:

  1. Entry Level Jobs for people .who need them

  2. New Economic Activity in economically under-performing communities.

  3. More Sophisticated Consumers of local & online educational opportunities.

  4. Improved Outsourced Services Reliability and Value for regional businesses.

  5. Diverse Tech Talent Development for regional businesses

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Contact
WHERE TO FIND US

901 Hunts Point Ave 2nd floor
Bronx, NY 10474, USA

 

Telephone:  718-874-7313

 

E-mail: info@sbsq.org

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