Wogod Alawlaqi, Nicole Alexander, Rebecca Balletto, Justice Banks, Jeffrey Butts, Patricia Cobar, Edda Fransdottir, Jason Szkola, Kathy Tomberg, and Anthony Vega
John Jay Research and Evaluation Center
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP) in 2014. City officials believed the MAP initiative would enhance the quality of life for residents of housing developments operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) by reducing crime, improving residents’ perception of safety, and increasing collaboration between citizens and their government.
MAP targeted the social and physical environment of housing developments in ways that support public safety. Numerous agencies partnered with NYCHA and MOCJ to implement MAP, including the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the Human Resources Administration (HRA), and an assortment of nonprofit organizations. Some partner agencies received funding to provide services and supports for residents of MAP developments, while others participated mainly by attending community meetings and contributing to MAP’s collaborative planning process. The MAP initiative relied heavily on this collaborative approach. Public agencies and nonprofit partners worked together to expand resident access to services and monitor each community’s physical security and overall well-being.