Resilience Hub

Northampton is exploring creating a 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 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 Resilience Hub would not serve overnight guests and would supplement the emergency sheltering role of Smith Vocational School during acute events or the Northampton High School for Covid-19.
  • The 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 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 planning process will be coordinated by the City of Northampton in conjunction with its community and social service partners. Although the City will be involved in planning, site selection, and site acquisition, assuming a Resilience Hub does go forward, almost certainly operation will be by community partners and operation cannot rely on major City funding.

PHASE 1: Space Planning- The city has released a RFP for an architect or space planner to assist in this task.