A Livable City for Every NYC Child
December 9, 2014
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
One in three children in New York City lives in poverty. Research shows that children living in poverty often face a number of other factors that can negatively impact their well-being. In New York City for example, we know that children living in poverty also often experience poor housing conditions, lack of access to healthy affordable foods, struggling schools, as well as environmental issues in the communities in which they live. While the latest Census data show hopeful signs of economic recovery for New York City’s children and families, there is a clear need to focus on communities struggling with persistent barriers to child well-being so that every child has access not only to basic resources but a community infrastructure that helps them grow, learn and thrive.
On December 9, Citizens’ Committee for Children held a policy briefing, A Livable City for Every New York City Child, to discuss important steps underway in New York City to support more vibrant and sustainable communities, better equipped to meet the needs of children and families.
CCC’s Executive Director, Jennifer March was joined by special guest, Carl Weisbrod, Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, to discuss the City’s strategic plans for neighborhood revitalization.
The discussion highlighted initiatives underway in some of NYC’s high need communities to build safe and affordable housing, develop neighborhoods rich in job opportunities, and provide convenient access to transportation and retail options, as well as safe parks and playgrounds.