Part of our Urban Food Policy Forum series.
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the largest public housing authority in North America, representing 8.1 percent of New York City’s rental apartments and housing 4.7 percent of our city’s population. To many planners and health advocates, the NYCHA community is well-positioned for food innovation, which has led to the development of several public/private initiatives encompassing urban agriculture, good food entrepreneurship, and increased quality and quantity of food retail outlets.
This forum looked at several current, past and proposed food initiatives focused on engaging residents at NYCHA developments across the city.
Shanna Castillo, Director of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability at the New York City Housing Authority will discuss her work with the NYCHA Food Business Pathways program
Howard Husock, Vice President for Research and Publicationsat the Manhattan Institute will summarize findings from his report looking at development opportunities at NYCHA properties called Turning Food Deserts into Oases
Andrea Mata, Senior Manager for Community Health Initiatives at the New York City Housing Authority will discuss her work with the Farms at NYCHA project
Prudence Thomas, Health and Nutrition Director, and Bill Fink, Associate Executive Director for Development and External Affairs, SCAN-NY, will discuss "Cafe Express," a NYCHA resident-run healthy food pop-up cafe.
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Husock H. Turning Food Deserts Into Oases: Why NY's Public Housing Should Encourage Commercial Development. Manhattan Institute. October 25, 2016.
Riche-Druses J. Food Business Pathways White Paper. New York City Housing Authority. November 2016.
Willingham C, Cohen N, Freudenberg N. Nourishing NYCHA: Food Policy as a Tool for Improving the Well-being of New York City's Public Housing Residents. CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. February 2017.
Mata A. Farms at NYCHA and Healthy Food Access in NYC's Public Housing Communities. February 23, 2017.
Caruso C. Inequities in an urban food environment: a qualitative case study of Queensbridge Houses. February 23, 2017.
Husock H. Presentation at CUNY Urban Food Policy Forum on New Opportunities for Improving Food within NYCHA. February 23, 2017.
Castillo S. Commitment to Opportunity for Residents. February 23, 2017.