The JAR Forum for a Safer NYC sparks dialogue and change by bringing together community leaders, city government officials, nonprofit staff, academics, and other stakeholders to discuss critical issues of safety and wellbeing in New York City. This spring, JAR held its 4th bi-annual Forum for a Safer NYC: “Our Neighbors in Crisis: Addressing Homelessness in NYC.”
Panelists from JAR’s partner organizations and other local agencies spoke with our moderator in great detail about the work they and their organization do to support homeless individuals and families in our NYC community. The panel discussion was presented by Google and iHeart Media, and facilitated by Mary Calvi, Anchor for WCBS-TV. Panelists included Mark Bamba, Outreach Intern for Streetwork Project, Safe Horizon, Shanitra Hood, Police Officer with NYPD, Homeless Outreach Unit, Sebastien Vante, Supervising Coordinator of Sexual Health Services, Safe Horizon, Felipe Vargas, Vice President of Programs, The Doe Fund, and Jessica Yager, Vice President of Policy and Planning, Win. Following the panel discussion, audience members had the opportunity to ask questions relating to their personal, professional, and educational experiences around helping the homeless. The Forum brought New Yorkers together to work for a better and safer New York City. The event was photographed by Carey Bradshaw Photography, and filmed by MediaPlace.