Notice how I keep using quotations for affordable housing because the city justification is that it’s based off your income, but in many situations NYCHA [New York City Housing Authority] residents live in 1 parent households or are seniors.Read More
More that 470,000 New York City residents live in public housing around the five boroughs, meaning that 1 in 18 people in the city live in one of the NYCHA [New York City Housing Authority] residences.
With the news cycle talking about immigration caravans, displaced children and voter suppression, [all important issues] what many don’t know is that…
10,000’s of our neighbors are going without heat, hot water, are being poisoned by lead paint in their apartments, all while not being given access to the same legal and social support that most private citizens take for grantedRead More
I tend to believe that these communities need the most help with the relationship with the police officers because of the lack of communication. While at the meeting I was wondering if maybe putting up poster within each neighborhood would help with more residents of Red Hook and Gowanus. They also mentioned that they have neighborhood policing to help the police and community’s trust and engagement with the community.
I never knew what this was until today, which made me realize why there was so many police always by my house. Yet, on the other side I also believe there's a double intention because I don’t always see the same police officers, and because of the little to no trust in the community.Read More
As part of our Trellis Crew we stipend young people to attend and report on community meetings, in an attempt to encourage them to be visible, present, active and an important part of our communities. It also provides a visible and ongoing reminder to leaders of the need for youth voices.
Recently one of our crew members attended their local Participatory Budget outreach meeting and had this to say…
At the Participatory Budgeting meeting, we brainstormed about different parts of District 15 needed improvement. The majority of the people that were at the meeting there, lived in the neighborhood of Carroll Gardens and have been going to Participatory Budgeting meetings since they started eight years ago.
Participatory Budgeting is a way to get the people of the community to cast an idea, vote for it and using taxes, citizens pay the government to fund for the project. It’s important that the community plays a big role in helping because who knows the community better than the people that live there.
Some examples I saw when first entering was that they helped get the estimated times on the bus stops for the B67 and B63 [local bus routes] and they helped kindergarten classrooms get sinks and toilets in their rooms. I found this interesting because the government allows citizens to vote for their money to go somewhere beneficial to the community and because the citizens want it. An idea that I proposed while brainstorming in groups was that having a mentorship in P.S. 32 [a neighborhood public school] because the majority of the kids live in Gowanus [a public housing residence in the community] I want the Gowanus community to rebuild and since we don’t have a community center P.S 32 would be ideal. Mentoring, tutoring, and babysitting because most kids are in after-school don’t do homework or parents pay for a sitter after school. Also, another idea was that to implement lights in Prospect Park because of the security issue since the park is so big and has no lights, hopefully making the park safer.
Being at the PB meeting allowed me to listen to my neighbors concerns in the community and what we can do to help it. It also gave me a sense of power in speaking out and making others aware of my vision for my community.
Anaya Lino-Suazo is a 12th grade student a Brooklyn Prospect Charter School and is an active member of the Trellis Crew
Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It's grassroots democracy at its best. It helps make budget decisions clear and accessible. It gives real power to people who have never before been involved in the political process.
You can find out more if your district is a part of participatory budgeting HERE
You can find out more about the Trellis Crew, joining, supporting and help fund these opportunities HERE
Do you remember summer camp? The lessons, the memories, the stories?
As school let out for the summer, thousands of students hope to find space in summer camps and for many families, the summer can be a hectic and frantic struggle to find space and funds for the children.
For many of the basketball teams and tournaments setup throughout the city over the summer, these opportunities are funded out of the pockets of coaches working and hustling to secure entrance fees, referee costs and jersey purchases.