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.
Follow the latest news coverage regarding NJHI: Upstream Action Acceleration:
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
Patch.com/ 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).