Patterson Houses



A team of residents from Patterson Houses has been meeting with neighbors, city agencies, and community-based organizations to prioritize the community safety issues most important to their development. These teams are at the heart of NeighborhoodStat (or “NStat”). The Patterson Houses NStat team meets regularly and has been trained in surveying their community and generating solutions with concrete implementation plans. In order to strengthen community relationships and improve the quality of these communal spaces that are sites for open air drug use, the NStat team has established a garden stewardship group, and is in the process of developing several community gardens in key areas of the development that are underused or sites for negative activity where they will host intergenerational programming.

The Patterson Nstat team led a participatory budgeting process through Local NeighborhoodStat in which residents were invited to submit their own ideas to strengthen safety and build community through built environment projects and/or social programming. The Patterson Houses NStat collected 672 responses from your neighbors. The most popular project and top priority for investing $30,000 was Parks and Playgrounds. This project will bring residents together to design improvements to two areas – the playgrounds in front of the management office and behind the community center. The project will enhance the two sprinkler system areas with mini murals.

MAP Agency Partners

Since its launch in 2014, MAP agency partners have focused their programming to meet a variety of needs, ranging from support of seniors and kinship caregivers, mentorship of young adults, family-friendly programming of playgrounds, safe spaces for teens, assistance with public benefits, youth employment, and more.


The Patterson Nstat Team is currently building a digital network to stay connected to one another during this time and to develop platforms to reimagine digital public space, co-create safety responses, support community building, and convene city agencies to leverage resources and collaboratively solve local problems.

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Health and Wellbeing

Patterson Houses is deeply impacted by the opioid crisis. Communal spaces in the development are sites for open air drug use, and syringes can be found on the grounds of the development. The NStat team highlights the need for a coordinated approach to address these issues and their impact on Patterson residents. Responses should include harm reduction resources, stewardship and beautification of the grounds, and infrastructural improvements. The team is working closely with harm reduction experts to make sure that people most directly impacted by drug use are connected to supportive resources.


In order to best serve the Patterson community, especially as it faces the effects of the opioid crisis, there is a need for coordination between the police department, NYCHA property management, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), and other service providers. Security and safety must be prioritized alongside the health needs of individuals and families facing substance use disorders.

Youth Development + Employment/Work

Young people in Patterson Houses have limited quality space and programming to support positive development and engagement. The existing space in Patterson’s community center, operated by East Side House Settlement, serves youth well, but is in need of renovation. Additionally, there is a need for stronger connections to educational and employment opportunities to position Patterson youth for success.

MAP Programs

Please note: In response to the COVID-19 emergency, some programs have been modified. For more information about modified program activities and availability, please click here.

  • Human Resources Administration (HRA) Outreach Team can help with benefits navigation, SNAP, Cash, and Emergency Assistance for rent arrears.
  • Department for the Aging (DFTA) Community Advocate is based at Patterson Houses on Tuesdays! The DFTA Community Advocate offers Parenting a Second Time Around groups, support groups and individual counseling for seniors and kinship caregivers, intergenerational activities, and more.
  • Conflict Mediation through the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (IMCR) offers free mediation for pairs or groups. They also provide different training opportunities for those in learning mediation skills.
  • Next STEPS Mentoring for Youth through The Osborne Association offers group mentorship for young people between the ages of 16-24 who may have experienced conflict and trauma. During group sessions, young people learn skills and build relationships with each other over hot meals.
  • East Side House Settlement Community Center offers free and engaging programming to Patterson youth and teens. The community center is located at 340 Morris Ave in the Bronx.
  • Green Jobs through Green City Force (GCF), an Americorps service-year program that trains young NYCHA residents (18-24 years of age) in clean energy and urban agriculture, and pays a monthly stipend and MetroCard to Corps Members for their service.
  • Shape Up NYC through the Department of Parks and Recreation offers free, drop-in fitness classes in or near MAP developments. Shape Up classes don’t require any advanced registration or fee, and are conveniently located for MAP residents to engage with each other and enjoy low-barrier fitness activities.