New York City has launched a pair of new civic tech competitions, of which one is aimed at strengthening tenant protection and the other at boosting access to mental health treatment, the city announced this week. These competitions are the work of a joint effort between the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (MOCTO) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), which are collaborating with other city agencies as well as the communities of Inwood and Washington Heights. Although there are two separate competitions, the application process for both is open now and slated to run through April 7.
The first competition is the NYCx Co-Labs: Housing Rights Challenge, which will see MOCTO and NYCEDC working with the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as well as with the NYC Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants. This challenge is looking for ideas to help the city inform residents of the Inwood and Washington Heights neighborhoods about housing rights, and it is also in search of proposals for projects that can help these same residents ultimately take action.Read Complete Article