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Explore the Town

Hudson City Map

Study the map of Hudson City and the points of interest. Note the proximities and distances between the homes of the family members and the locations. This might give you an idea about some of the barriers and advantages that residents and workers have in accessing certain resources. Place any notes about what you observe in your notebook for future reference. Please note that not all resources are listed on the town map.

Understanding your neighborhood and surroundings

  • Northside Neighborhood

  • The financial center of Hudson, anchored with the headquarters of two major corporations.

    Locations of:

    • Hudsomart Retail Store

    • Mosque

    • Damage sustained to the Abraham Lincoln Bridge, one of the major entrance/exits to Hudson City.

  • City Center

  • This section has a concentration of local businesses, and an arts and entertainment center.

    Locations of:

    • Hudson City Community Services, Inc.: This is the location of the social service agency that you, the social worker is employed. This is a non-profit community agency that provides services for individuals and families. Services include counseling, advocacy, and outreach for people of all ages. Services are provides for free or on a sliding scale basis.

    • Hudson Hospital Center: A large urban hospital center with 1200 in-patient beds, emergency room and large ambulatory care service. Widely respected for its high-quality clinical care and contributions to research. Throughout its history, the Hudson Hospital Center has also placed strong emphasis on responding with compassion and sensitivity to the unique needs of the communities it serves, including areas whose residents have multiple social and economic challenges. The Hospital Center’s ability to serve these populations is enhanced through relationships with local community health centers, school-based clinics at area high schools, supports a wide range of community health-focused activities throughout the city.

    • City Bistro Restaurant

    • Buddhist temple

    • Public Social Services Headquarters: Public assistance centers providing information and application for food stamps, temporary welfare, and homeless shelter. Eligibility is means-tested and services are only provided to Hudson City residents. There are 20 centers located throughout the city. The centers located in the Northside and Eastside neighborhoods are temporary closed due to the hurricane.

  • Westside Neighborhood

  • This is where you, the social worker lives.

    Locations of:

    • University of the Northeast (UNE): A private research university located in the heart of the city. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate. While well-known for many of their academic programs the School of Social Work collaborates with several local community agencies as field education sites for their students.

    • Church

    • American Red Cross Local Chapter: For many years, the local chapter of the American Red has provided the basic needs—food, clothing, shelter, emotional support—to city residents whose lives have been disrupted by emergencies. These services are core to the mission of helping the more than 2.5 million people who live in the immediate area to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. With a small corps of employees and hundreds of volunteers, the Chapter responds to an average of 5 emergencies each day, including fires, floods, building collapses and power outages. They also help residents and businesses prepare for emergencies by offering hundreds of lifesaving courses and emergency-preparedness training programs and resources. Red Cross volunteers work includes disaster response, preparedness programs, lifesaving skills training, connecting US service members and their families, locating and connecting families separated by conflict or natural disaster, and participating in the Red Cross blood donation program. This is a charitable organization, not a government agency, and relies on donations to fund its free humanitarian services.

  • Eastside Neighborhood

  • This is the location of major damage including massive flooding of buildings and major infrastructure (roads, bridge, subway stations).

    Locations of:

    • The Hudson City Office of Emergency Management (HCOEM): Plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, coordinates emergency response and recovery, and collects and disseminates emergency information. HCOEM maintains a unit of emergency management personnel, including responders, planners, watch commanders, and administrative and support staff, to identify and respond to various hazards. Many elected and appointed officials think of emergency management as a low priority because the public judges them on current performance and not on disaster planning. Given that disasters are low-probability events and are much less common than crime, it is often difficult to substantiate the benefits of concentrating on mitigation and preparedness activities and efforts.

    • Homeless Shelter: Each year 20,000 persons in Hudson City experience homelessness. Each night, over 2,000 homeless individuals sleep in the Hudson City shelter system. This includes more than 1,200 children and 800 single adults. Hundreds more sleep on city streets and in other public places. This shelter was evacuated during the first 3 days of the hurricane. Residents were relocated to temporary shelters throughout the city. This shelter was able to reopen three weeks after the hurricane hit Hudson City. Hundreds more sleep on city streets and in other public places. This shelter was evacuated during the first 3 days of the hurricane. Residents were relocated to temporary shelters throughout the city. This shelter was able to reopen three weeks after the hurricane hit Hudson City.

    • Synagogue

    Other Government & Public Services (Not on map)

    • City Housing Authority (CHA): Aims to provide decent and affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents throughout the city. More than 50,000 residents live in 20 public housing developments throughout the city.

    • Hudson City Transit (HCT): The HCT has the responsibility for a unified mass transportation system which includes a subway, bus and commuter line.

    • Police, Fire and Medical Rescue: Police division current uniformed strength is approximately 10,000 persons responsible for law enforcement. Fire & Medical Rescue division personnel are the first responders to fires, public safety and medical emergencies, disasters and terrorist acts. This division advances public safety through its fire prevention, investigation and education programs. Approximately 6,000 uniformed firefighters, 1000 EMTs and paramedics, and other personnel.

    • Public Social Services: Public assistance centers providing information and application for food stamps, temporary welfare, and homeless shelter. Eligibility is means-tested and services are only provided to Hudson City residents. There are 20 centers located throughout the city. The central office is located in City Center and the centers located in the Northside and Eastside neighborhoods are temporary closed due to the hurricane.

    • Food: There are over 150 soup kitchens & food pantries in Hudson City. There are many private businesses and supermarkets located throughout the city. Some located on the Northside and Eastside neighborhoods have closed due to the hurricane and flooding conditions.

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Town Color Key

Red=Businesses, Green=Support Organizations, Blue=Schools, Yellow=Government Entities, Purple=You

Explore the Sociogram

Review the community sociogram for Hudson City to see sources of conflict and support