The Newark BHEC team focuses geographically on the Fairmount and Springfield/Belmont neighborhoods, which are on the western edge of the city and bordering University Hospital. These neighborhoods have a population of approximately 40,000 people, 92 percent of whom are Black/African-American and/or Latinx.
The strong leadership of two community anchors with deep and enduring roots in Newark, the Urban League of Essex County and the New Community Corporation (NCC), guides the Newark team. The Urban League primarily focuses on building homes and promoting homeownership, while New Communities Corporation has years of expertise in providing wraparound supportive services, including housing and homelessness intervention. The team has established partnerships with for-profit developers, University Hospital (UH), and various experts from the city of Newark and the New Jersey community development and finance fields. Many of these partners have existing relationships and have collaborated in the past to advance development projects in Newark. At a high level, the team will focus on how to best leverage resources to achieve better health outcomes in the Fairmont and Springfield/Belmont neighborhoods of Newark. To measure its progress, the team will focus on improving the financial capability and wellbeing of low-income families, integrating health supports and programs with affordable housing, and harnessing community data to inform decisions and target interventions. The team hopes that advancing numerous catalytic projects in the Fairmount neighborhood will spark inclusive neighborhood growth. In turn, inclusive neighborhood growth will improve health outcomes and housing opportunities for Newark residents.