In 2018, the Sugar Hill Concerned Neighbors joined with the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, and The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association, to form The Greater Harlem Coalition. One of the things that Sugar Hill brought to the table was a Freedom of Information Law release of data showing where Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) - methadone, primarily - were located in New York City, and also how many people from NYC's various zip codes were attending these OTPs.
With this data, The Greater Harlem Coalition produced the donut chart (below) that showed, for the first time, that Harlem's Opioid Treatment Programs were not serving their neighbors, Harlem's OTPs were serving the people of The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and even Long Island and Westchester.
For decades, politicians, government officials, and addiction treatment providers had lied to the residents of Harlem and East Harlem. They lied by saying that program after program (there are now 12 OTPs in Harlem and East Harlem) were being located in this community for our neighbors - for Harlem residents who need support and treatment. What they didn't say was that Harlem and East Harlem were being redlined (again) as an addiction treatment containment zone in order to keep addiction treatment programs out of wealthier and frequently whiter neighborhoods.