Stapleton Houses

Staten Island


For over a year, a team of residents from Stapleton 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 NStat team meets regularly and has been trained in surveying their community and generating solutions with concrete implementation plans. Through this process, the NStat team has identified a need to build a more cohesive community network by creating spaces for positive programming and events within Stapleton. This past August, the Stapleton NStat team kicked off this process with the launch of a Resource Hub featuring kiosk installations where partner agencies can provide information and supportive services to the community within an underutilized space in the Stapleton development.

The Stapleton Nstat Team led a participatory budgeting process 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 Statpleton Nstat Team collected 216 ideas from neighbors for a $30,000 project to support community safety and well-being.  5 proposals were narrowed down and residents of Stapleton Houses can help us decide the winner.

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 Stapleton Houses 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.

To learn about selected projects, or to participate in Stapleton Houses ongoing campaign, click here.

Health & Wellbeing

Stapleton residents have expressed concern about open-air drug use and high rates of substance-related hospitalizations among the development’s young residents. There is a need to respond with a coordinated strategy that avoids criminalizing those struggling with addiction and integrates harm reduction resources such as community education, overdose prevention, and addiction treatment.


Stapleton’s diverse population at times feels isolated from outside resources and a large number of new residents moving into the community has weakened trust among neighbors. There is a need to provide safe public spaces where residents can interact with one another and to integrate resources for community health and violence prevention into these spaces.

Youth Development

The Stapleton community has a high percentage of residents under 24 who are out of school and out of work who may require additional support to help them re-engage and pursue educational and vocational opportunities. There is a need to support the caregivers of young Stapleton residents with resources to ease economic stress and to help them direct their young relatives towards programming to support their positive growth.

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 Specialist is based at the Property Manager’s Office on Mondays and Tuesdays and the Stapleton Senior Center on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 4:30! The HRA Outreach Specailist can help with benefits navigation, SNAP, Cash, and Emergency Assistance for rent arrears. HRA also holds pop-up events in Stapleton to make sure as many people have access to public benefits support as possible.
  • Department for the Aging (DFTA) Community Advocate is based at Stapleton 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 New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID) offers free conflict mediation for pairs or groups. They also provide different training opportunities to those interested in learning mediation skills.
  • Next STEPS Mentoring for Youth through the New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID) 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.
  • JCC Gerard Carter Center offers free and engaging programming to Stapleton youth and teens. The community center is located at 230 Broad Street!
  • Green Jobs Training 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. These 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.