project leader
Sharim A
471 East 140th Street
(Mott Haven)
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the project

The development of the Collective has been a direct response to call wom(y)n of color leaders in the NYC area and across the nation whose work is hampered by the health disparities that plague the communities they serve and live in. This has been egregiously heightened by the economic crisis in the U.S and globally. Poverty breeds violence and violence manifest as dis-ease in communities and families. Since, most of us live in the very communities we are fighting with and for, we are finding ourselves making difficult choices everyday between social justice and surviving our basic human needs.  

the steps

  • Create a year long Calendar for Community and Public
  • Continue to build Healers and Artist Network and membership
  • Hire a Coordinator
  • Create a Resource binder

why we're doing it

Casa’s core constituencies are young and adult women of color living in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. The community of Mott Haven in the South Bronx lies within the poorest Congressional District in the United States with the highest teen pregnancy and infant mortality rate. Approximately 54% of its residents are women and of these, 97% are women of color, reflecting both the many needs and possibilities for Casa’s approach to individual and community transformation. 

•  61 % are single parent families’ vs 41 in New York City with a household income less $15, 000 per year 38% vs. 16%

The leading cause of hospitalizations in Mott Haven are mental illness & serious psychological distress among adolescents aged 18; more than 1 in 3 adults in Hunts Point and Mott Haven are uninsured or went without health insurance during the past year 36% vs 18% in NYC and the rates of hospitalization for drug abuse and dependence among adults aged 18 to 24 are substantially higher 


  • Participation of 4 collective members in the Green workers Cooperative Training
  • Building a business plan
  • Creation of Website
  • Creation of business cards

ioby materials and labor = $35
Third party credit card processing (3%) = $75

Total = $2,610


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