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 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, deeply impacting the members of the Red Hook Houses community which RHI has served historically and will continue to serve.


Hear from Youth Organizers Brianna Lewis and Daniel Rodriguez on what their NYCHA homes mean to them. Watch NYCHA is HOME

Community Organizing

Intergenerational Organizing

An annual “Organizing Academy” to develop leaders of Red Hook Houses ages 16+. Red Hook Houses residents can sign up for Organizing Academy by emailing Tevina Willis at tevina@rhicenter.org

Youth Organizers

An annual cohort of young people ages 16-24, the Youth Organizers learn about community organizing and advocacy, participate in neighborhood meetings and events, and drive change for the community. Youth Organizers email kiyana@rhicenter.org

Click Here to Read the Health Needs and Assets Assessment

Red Hook Community Health Network

The Red Hook Community Health Network (RHCHN) is a network of community-based organizations and health partners working to improve the health of Red Hook residents by expanding access to health services and organizing to address root causes of health disparities of the community. Community members can join the Network and get involved in our health advocacy work by emailing kara@rhicenter.org

Community Resources

The Community Resource team supports Red Hook residents 25 and older with referrals for health services, employment support, and does direct enrollment in benefits like SNAP, One Shot Deals, and free broadband. The team can also help with housing repair issues and let you know about your rights as a NYCHA tenant. Due to support from the Gerstner Foundation. RHI distributes grants to pay bills for community members who have an emergency such as an illness, flooding or major utility outage, fire, or loss of employment. To reach the Community Resource Team email michel’le@rhicenter.org