Our Approach

Community Building has always been a key element of our work at RHI, recognizing the need to address systemic issues facing the neighborhood alongside our youth development approach. Our programs work toward two goals: to improve the health of residents of public housing in Red Hook and to strengthen the resiliency of the Red Hook community. The work of this program seeks to address the root causes of the issues residents face, positively impacting the lives of over 6,500 Red Hook Houses residents each year. 

Our work focuses on addressing the racial and ethnic inequities that perennially persist across the Red Hook Houses community. These inequities intersect with the systems of housing, education, policing and health care and deeply impact the members of the Red Hook Houses community which RHI has historically and will continue to serve.

Community Organizing

Intergenerational Organizing

We bring together youth and adult community members for a training program in community organizing and advocacy skills. Participants of the Organizing Academy lead the annual NYCHA campaigns. Youth and adult community members participate in lobbying and actions to promote policies that will positively impact the community. Advocacy campaigns have included: Fair Fares, SYEP expansion and increased funding for NYCHA. If you’re interested in organizing with RHI, email Tevina Wills at tevina@rhicenter.org.

Anti-Violence in Red Hook

RHI’s youth-led anti-violence team is made up of 11 young adults from the community who, responding to our 2018 ‘Real Rites’ report, are leading community building and healing justice events, and analyzing municipal investments in their community as relates to public safety. Based on research and current strategies, the team recommends new investments to alternatives beyond policing.

Learn more in our 2018 Real Rites Report

Participatory Action Research

RHI utilizes Participatory Action Research methods in partnership with Public Science Project to explore and understand neighborhood issues and drive campaign and program design. Participatory Action Research puts community members most affected by an issue at the forefront of research design, implementation and analysis. In the past several years, RHI has led Participatory Action Research on issues of transportation, public housing health and anti-violence.

Read our past research reports

Health Equity

RHI will amplify and expand the work of the Red Hook Community Health Network (RHCHN), via the hiring of a Coordinator who will be tasked to address neighborhood health inequities and increase access to health care and health related services. The Coordinator will lead ongoing health-focused campaign work, policy proposals and neighborhood mobilizations. Prioritizing the health and well-being of our community has extended to our newest project, Red Hook Farms, which brings over 20,000 pounds of locally grown produce to youth and families.

A Resilient Community

Increase economic opportunities

We create connections to employment opportunities, hire local Red Hook vendors at neighborhood events and activities and host quarterly “Pop Up Shops” with local vendors. Our next Pop Up is coming up on Saturday, December 14th, here at RHI from 1-6pm!

Community-Led Updates

The Red Hook Hub is a free, digital community-led platform for sharing and receiving information relating to the Red Hook neighborhood. Individuals and community groups can post information instantly, add to the community calendar and sign up for a weekly newsletter. Check out the physical HUB boards in front of the Miccio and the Red Hook Library, and visit redhookhub.org to view all upcoming events.