Community & Resilience Hub

Northampton is exploring creating a Community & Resilience Hub to support Northampton residents who face chronic and acute stress due to natural and human-caused disasters, climate change, and social and economic challenges.

We seek to serve:

  • Frontline and Climate Vulnerable Populations: (e.g., homeless, Single Room Occupancy residents, those living in poverty, and those facing other chronic stress).
  • All residents.

During normal times (which continue to be times of stress for frontline communities):

  • The Community & Resilience Hub’s primary role is to coordinate resources distribution and services as a consolidated entry point for the frontline line communities. The ServiceNet Resource Center, the Northampton Recovery Center, Forbes Library, and some of our coffee shops and public restaurants serve some of this role today, but they are not sufficient. The hub will supplement the emergency sheltering role of Smith Vocational School during acute events or the Northampton High School for Covid-19.
  • The Community & Resilience Hub must also support and gain the support of all populations so it is ready to pivot to meet their needs during times of disaster. (For example, arts programming spaces.)

During acute stress, major disruptions and recovery (e.g., a major storm, disaster, or pandemic):

  • The Community & Resilience Hub must serve all residents and coordinate distribution and services in preparation for, during, and in recovery from major disruptions. The hub must include with dependable services, including communications, power, water, sanitation, consolidated entry to required services.

The City is coordinating its planning with its community and social service partners. Although the City will be involved in planning, site selection, and site acquisition, final programming and operations will be by community partners and cannot rely on major City funding.

Planning the Northampton Resilience Hub- (click here for report). As the first phase of the project, the City hired Jones Whitsett Architects to coordinate our space planning, with city, social service, and civic partners.