Letters sent to officials and agencies

GHC and other organizations have sent multiple letters to our elected officials and city/state/federal agencies to ask for a reduction in the oversaturation of substance use programs in Harlem and East Harlem.

In 2008, Community Board 10 (Central Harlem) issued a moratorium on new drug treatment clinics in the neighborhood. Community Board 11 (East Harlem) issued a similar moratorium, as well as a district, needs statement detailing the quality of life issues associated with these facilities.

Sadly, little progress has been made to address the systemic packing of substance use programs in Harlem and East Harlem. For example, our elected officials have been unable to deter Mount Sinai from setting up yet another clinic on West 124th Street that will treat teenagers and adults suffering from mental health issues and substance use issues (for more info see letters from Inez Dickins and Brian Benjamin ) and in early December 2021, the government announced without community inputs that the Nation’s first safe injection site will be set up in Harlem (see this page for more info).

Below are a list of some of our letters and subsequent responses:

Government Official/ AgencyLetters
NY State Governor and OASAS2021 Letter by S. McIntosh
2021 Nov Letter of Welcome
2021 National Action Network to OASAS
2021 Oct GHC Letter to OASAS (response)
2021 Letter to OASAS (response, GHC reaction, response)
2019 Letter to OASAS (response)
MTA2021 Letter (response)
2019 Letter
2013 Letter
2008 Letter
2003 Letter
Department of Homeless Services2021 Letter to DHS (response)
NYC Mayor (De Blasio)2020 Letter
2021 Letter and Media Coverage
2021 Letter re: Opioid Injection Sites
Attorney General (T. James)2021 Letter
2021 Letter – Impact on Children
2021 Letter by SB
2021 Letter by KN
2021 Letter by KD
2021 Letter by WC
2021 Letter by IG
2021 Letter by CC
2021 Letter by MS
2020 Letter (P1,P2)
Manhattan Borough President2021 Letter (To Gale Brewer)
2021 Letter (To Mark Levine)
Brian Benjamin2020 Letter
Congress Member (Espaillat)2021 Letter
Secretary of State (Robert Rodriguez)2020 Letter
Public Advocate (Jumaane Williams)2021 Letter
NYC Racial Justice Comission2021 Letter
State Assembly Member – Inez DickensInez Dickens 2021 Support Letter
2020 Letter (Reponse)
Inez Dickens 2019 Reply
Ben Kallos2021 Letter

other agencies

Government Official/AgencyLetters
Department of Education Chancellor Porter2021 Letter
NYC Racial Justice Commission2021 Letter
Harlem United2020 Letter to Harlem United
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene2020 Letter
Community Board 112020 Letter
NYS Department of Health2021 Letter CC


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