Implementing upstream approaches to build a healthier Newark
Ironbound Community Corporation
Implementing upstream approaches to build a healthier Newark
Ironbound Community Corporation
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Ironbound Community Corporation is leading this two-year project to increase civic engagement among residents of Newark’s East Ward through a tenants’ rights approach that supports community members in focusing on housing affordability and potential displacement, the built environment that surrounds their housing developments, and housing conditions that are known to impact health. Specifically, this project focuses on engaging the residents of three public housing sites –Terrell Homes, Pennington Court and Hyatt Court — and the privately-owned, publicly-subsidized housing sites Aspen River Park Apartments, Pacific Apartments, and Pueblo City Housing. In addition, these community members are participating in leadership development activities and building trust with community partners such as Essex-Newark Legal Services, the Rutgers Center for Environmental Exposure and Disease, the Newark Environmental Commission, the Newark Water Coalition and the Office of the Mayor for the City of Newark. Through this project, the Greater Newark HUD Tenants’ Coalition is cultivating resident leaders in each apartment building and equipping them with the resources and skills to advocate for a healthier East Ward, creating a model for other communities to replicate.

Cultivating Tenant Leadership for Community Health in Newark
Grant Recipient

Drew Curtis
Senior Equitable Development Manager
(973) 817-7013 x207

Daniel Wiley
Housing Justice Manager
(973) 817-7013 x217

Counties Served

All In Data for Community Health Publication Collects Stories of Challenges & Achievements in Cross-sector Data Sharing Initiatives From Newark and Across the Country

August 31, 2020 – The All In: Data for Community Health Network published “What We Learned From the First Wave,” featuring articles from BUILD Health Challenge, Pew Charitable Trust Health Impact Project, Population Health Innovation Lab, The Public Health National Center for Innovations, Network for Public Health Law, New Jersey Health Initiatives and Data Across Sectors for Health. The publication functions as a time capsule documenting the last 29 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and a tactical manual with tips and tools for public health data-sharing during the pandemic. Articles profiling the work of Ironbound Community Corporation and its Compassionate NJ partners, public health departments in Navajo Nation, Minneapolis during the Black Lives Matter protests, Housing Displacements in California, and Tenant Advocacy projects throughout the nation are featured in this publication.

Follow the latest news coverage regarding NJHI: Upstream Action Acceleration:

NJ Could Face Tidal Wave of Evictions If Rent Relief Stalls
WNYC/ Yi, K. (2020, July 14)

Renters Fear Ending Up Homeless When Public Health Emergency Ends
NJTV/ Mishkin, L. (2020, July 1)

Mortgage and Rent Relief Plans May Be On the Way for Newark, But Will They Be Enough?
TAPinto Newark/ Cagnassola, M.E. (2020, June 17)

Evictions Continue In Newark Despite COVID Freeze, Advocates Say Kiefer, E. (2020, June 16).

NJTV News: Ironbound Community Corporation Deputy Director of Organizing and Advocacy Maria Lopez-Nunez discusses the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on low-income families.
NJTV. (2020, June 4)

NJ Biz. (2018, December 3).

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