Over the next 30 days we will be reaching back out to the community to share the focus areas and priorities identified for the new Upper Clinton Hill redevelopment plan. Our outreach includes -- virtual porch parties hosted by neighborhood residents, one-on-one interviews of key resident leaders and partners, and open office hours for residents to stop by and talk with us about the plan.
Your feedback is important as we begin to develop our implementation plan, learning from past efforts -- what has worked, what has not worked.
If you are interested in hosting a porch party, please contact CHCA's Project Manager Rhenotha Whitaker at email@example.com and 201-228-0757.
The neighborhood planning process has been led by Clinton Hill Community Action and Greater Newark LISC, along with a steering committee of residents and other stakeholders. The process started in October 2020 and since then we have reached more than 250+ residents in small group meetings on housing, public safety, economic development, green spaces and more. We are now ready to play back what we've heard and share the goals and priorities that will help guide our work for the next decade.
This town hall meeting will kick off the next phase of community engagement that will include: (A) Open Office Hours - dates and times for neighborhood residents to check-in virtually and ask questions about the plan; (B) One-on-One Interviews - engaging residents and other key stakeholders, new and old, in one-on-one conversations about key goals and priorities of the plan for feedback on implementation; and (C) Virtual Porch Parties - small group meetings hosted by neighborhood residents to solicit feedback on how the community wants to be involved.
Clinton Hill Community Action (CHCA) is excited to partner with Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition to engage new and expectant mothers and share resources on what they can do to make their homes heatlhy for their babies and themselves. Home health hazards, like lead, dust, and roach droppings can be harmful to young children, especially as they are learning to walk and crawling on the floor.
This workshop series will provide information on what you can do to create a healthy home, including a simple checklist that families can use to identify home health hazards.
To learn more or ask questions, please contact CHCA Project Manager Rhenotha Whitaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 201-228-0757.
Beat the Blight grew out of discussion with residents in Clinton Hill about what we can do about the high number of abandoned, blighted properties in the neighborhood in 2019. We found there was a direct connection between crime and where these abandoned properties are located. The goal is two-fold: (1) use a proven technique to better secure the properties to deter illict activity happening inside and (2) engage residents to solicit their feedback on how we can beautify these eyesores with art while we put pressure on the owners to rehab the property for affordable housing.
In Phase I, we cleaned up and secured (18) properties throughout the Clinton Hill neighborhood. For Phase II, we are track to complete another (20) vacant, abandoned properties. The purpose of our virtual porch party is to hear from residents on blocks where we are targeting properties for Phase II. If you have suggestions or any feedback, and are not able to attend, please contact Kisha Ingraham, Community Organizer, at email@example.com or 201-228-0757.
Clinton Hill Community Action is partnering with the South Ward Children's Alliance to provide rental assistance to residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the rental assistance, recipients will receive one-on-one case management, assisting residents with maximizing available public benefits and access to an educational workshop series designed to provide tips to help navigate these trying financial times. The workshops will be hosted by the Financial Boss, lead by Cashem Latief Holland.
Food for Thought: The Path to Food Security in Newark, NJ, is a new documentary created by Newark’s youth. The hourlong film explores food insecurity throughout the city of Newark, in an effort to raise awareness and inspire action.
The documentary was produced by the Greater Newark Community Advisory Board with the support of RWJBarnabas Health, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.
Food for Thought: The Path to Food Security chronicles food insecurity in Newark through the perspective of young Newarkers (ages 12 to 21) from area schools and community-based organizations. The film highlights community-based assets and ideas about how to change systems, structures, and policies to enhance access to healthy and affordable food in Newark.
Clinton Hill Community Action partnered with Greater Newark LISC to launch block level food pantries distributing to 300 residents weekly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Care & Share Food Pantries operated temporarily while traditional food pantries in the neighborhood were closed. The project operated from June to August 2020. In a survey with more than 175 respondents, more than 85% said even as things were starting to re-open, they were still worried about being able to feed their families everyday.