#ViewsNWBX // Concentration of Poverty, Homeless Policy and Prevention

Views from the Northwest Bronx is University Neighborhood Housing Program’s 2017 blog series aimed at framing an inclusive and informed discussion on issues affecting the affordability and viability of Northwest Bronx neighborhoods today. While the topics addressed in the series, covered changes in community development, Bronx demographics, multifamily housing sales, and the impact of city housing policy and private investment in the borough, are by no means exhaustive, the data presented and analysis offered sheds light on many key issues from a Bronx perspective.

#ViewsNWBX is comprised of ten on-line essays as well as introductory, summary and community feedback blog posts. UNHP has broken the blog series up into the four main themes covered in the series. ​​Selected posts, to the right, from the Views from the Northwest Bronx blog series focus on the concentration of poverty in the Bronx, homeless policy, and homelessness prevention.

Keep the ‘Homeless’ at Home by guest blogger, John M. Reilly, looks at the effects of Section 8 voucher cuts and the loss of the advantage program on NYC homelessness as well as the need to keep low-income tenants housed. New Policy, Old Issue: Homelessness & the Concentration of Poverty reacts to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s homelessness initiative and examines the disproportionally high level of homeless and very low-income families in the Bronx. Transparency, Trust, and ‘Turning the Tide on Homelessness’ also looks at the effects of the Mayor’s initiative, the lack of sufficient engagement with communities and the importance of open data to the initiative’s success.

They are putting up big buildings on very tiny lots. I know people need homes, but rehab the old buildings. I have a friend whose landlord turned her building into homeless housing and then she was homeless. Luckily she found a spot in a senior building within the year—but that makes no sense.

Ms. Jones, Neighborhood Resident

Check out the three other themes from our #ViewsNWBX blog series below.

Trends in Bronx Multifamily Housing and New Construction

A Call for Community-Based Development


Views NWBX Introduction, Summary, Presentation and Neighborhood Response

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