Bronx Impact Alliance – Community District 6

Collective Impact for Food Justice – Baseline Report

The Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) was established to enable 16 communities across the state to develop and implement innovative plans to reduce poverty among New Yorkers. Of all 16 regions across New York State engaged in the initiative, the Bronx is the only jurisdiction within New York City to participate. A coalition of backbone teams comprise Bronx Impact, the local partnership of collective impact initiatives working to implement ESPRI across the Bronx. Phipps Neighborhoods was chosen to serve as the backbone organization for Bronx Community District 6 (CD6).

This Baseline Report presents an overview of the initial work that BIA-CD6 has accomplished since its launch in December 2019, just three months before the emergence of the COVID-19 virus in New York City. It serves as a baseline to justify the strategies of the Bronx Impact Alliance – Community District 6 (BIA-CD6). It may also serve as a stimulus for other organizations, as it illustrates the BIA-CD6 model of collective impact in action, and demonstrates the methods employed by the Bronx Impact Food Access Collective (BIFAC) to promote food justice.

The data and experiences described in this report are founded on a deep commitment to the health and mobility of Bronx residents. This report was made possible by a strong network of partners who represent a range of groups and organizations that directly promote the wellbeing of Bronx residents. Their participation in this work has added invaluable perspective and expertise, bringing health and food justice for the Bronx closer to fruition.

Since it was founded in 1905, Phipps Houses has developed more than 6,000 affordable apartments, valued at over $1 billion, providing homes to more than 15,000 people in communities across the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. The organization has an active pipeline of new development projects totaling 1,400 units. Including its own property, Phipps manages an affordable housing portfolio of nearly 10,000 apartments throughout New York City.

Phipps Neighborhoods serves over 12,000 children, teens and adults annually in more than 30 programs. Community-based programs include 3-K and Pre-K; after-school programs; summer camp; STEAM programming; college prep; career readiness and job training; resident support; and community programs for children and adults.

Affordable housing developments, coupled with community-building human services and high-quality property management, create communities that assist residents and their neighbors to realize their dreams and fulfill their potential.