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The Data Reveals the Disproportionate Burden on Our Community

Our data originates from Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests sent to New York State and New York City agencies. Our analysis and visualizations corroborate what is already obvious to the residents of our neighborhoods: Harlem and East Harlem are unjustly burdened with an over-concentration of social programs, which have been adamantly rejected by wealthier neighborhoods.

Click on the graphics below to learn more, or download our FOIL data summary here. Click here for additional references related to drug treatment and homeless shelters locational issues.

2. PROGRAMS IN HARLEM SERVE THE NY REGION, NOT OUR COMMUNITY

75% of patients treated with methadone in Harlem do not reside in Harlem or East Harlem

3. DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAMS CLOSING AND SHRINKING

NYC lost 19% of its drug treatment capacity over 9 years

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Data Sources

OTP Capacity Data from OASAS FOIL request by Yoni Pielet in 2019: OCR and Analysis. This dataset lists OASAS-certified programs and their patient capacities.

OTP Patient Residences from OASAS FOIL request. We have two versions of this dataset:

These datasets count the number of “admissions” to OASAS treatment programs, by program and by patient’s provided residential zip code. For patient confidentiality the exact counts are redacted for program-zip code pairs with 5 or fewer patients, and residential zip codes are not necessarily reliable or current.

OTP Enrollment by Year from OASAS FOIL request by Eva Chan in 2020: Original PDFOCR and Analysis. This dataset lists the average daily enrollments for OASAS programs in 2010, 2015, and 2019.

Shelter Census Data from NYC Open Data: Dataset, Analysis. This dataset lists the census populations of NYC shelters over time since mid-2018.

Overdoses by Neighborhood in 2020, from NYC DOHMH: PDF DataPDF Report.

Opioid Burden by Zip Code from the NY State Department of Health Opioid Dashboard, “sub-county export”. Excel FileSource WebsiteDocumentation