Certificate of No Harassment
How can design help inform NYC tenants and take action to protect themselves?
Client: The Center for Urban Pedagogy
Role: Graphic Designer
Advocacy Partners: Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, The Community Development Project
The Center for Urban Pedagogy is a NYC-based nonprofit that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. As part of Envisioning Development, CUP collaborated with with the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD), Coalition Against Tenant Harassment (CATHnyc), and the Community Development Project (CDP) to explain a new policy, the Certificate of No Harassment (CONH), which gives tenants a tool to fight back against harassment and displacement. The program requires landlords who want to renovate or tear down their building to get a “Certificate of No Harassment” from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) that says they haven’t harassed tenants. While the new program puts the burden of proof on landlords, it’s important for tenants to participate and report harassment and other violations.