Hester Street Collaborative's (HSC) mission is to empower residents of underserved communities by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to have a direct impact on shaping their built environment.
"HSC seeks to create more equitable, sustainable, and vibrant neighborhoods where community voices lead the way in improving their environment and neglected public spaces. We do this through a hands-on approach that combines design, education, and advocacy.
HSC uses design as a tool for social change. HSC believes that youth and engaged residents are among a community’s greatest assets. A vibrant neighborhood where residents have a sense of positive ownership is created when all community members have voice in how their built environment is shaped. HSC works with local residents and youth to transform neglected public spaces into parks, schools, and affordable housing developments through a participatory design and advocacy process that capitalizes on local knowledge and resources, gives stakeholders a hands-on role, and encourages meaningful, long-term community stewardship."