“Grassroots Agenda Starts with Jobs” at Dec. 3 City-Wide Community Leaders meeting

Hundreds of residents came together December 3rd at the City-Wide Community Leaders meeting to identify and find collective solutions to New Haven’s most pressing problems.

In a packed school cafeteria, people from across the city—including a significant number of local and state lawmakers—held small group discussions framed by some common questions about what they thought the city’s priorities should in the coming year.

Participants were asked to discuss their top three priorities. Four issues stood out among the many discussed (see graph):

Other priorities voiced by those who attended the December 3 community meeting:

*Housing    *Homelessness    *Budget    *Development    *Revenue & Taxes   *Gentrification  
*Community-building   *Democracy   *Organizing    *Traffic   *Sidewalks   *Street lights 
*Trash pickup   *Trees & Parks   *Transportation   *Community centers   *the Dixwell “Q house” 
*Charter reform *Grocery stores   *Seniors   *Relationship between New Haven community and Yale

Participants also got a sneak peek at CCNE’s new report, A Renaissance for All of Us: Building an Inclusive Prosperity for New Haven. The document seeks to distill public opinion—expressed in door-to-door outreach and in many small community meetings—on what New Haven’s priorities should be. At the top of the list: jobs and public safety.  (To read the full report, click on the “Publications” page above).

Read more about the City-Wide Community Leaders meeting in Thomas MacMillan’s New Haven Independent article: