Heat seek's partnership model

Heat Seek partners with public interest attorneys, community-based organizations, and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the city agency that enforces NYC’s Housing Code, to ensure that our sensors are going where they're needed the most.

Rather than a stand-alone data solution, our work is grounded in a deep respect for community organizers and on-the-ground advocates, and we seek to contribute services that meaningfully support their work.

Our community-based partners, like Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) and the Urban Justice Center, are already doing tenant organizing around housing issues, and have an established presence in the communities in which they work. We rely on them for their expertise, leadership and on the ground connections to tenants in deploying our sensors to have the greatest impact they can. 

Heat Seek will continue to explore how to best connect attorneys, organizers, other advocates, HPD, and other city government officials, through sensor data, external data analysis, and other sources.

Our 2016-2017 winter program is underway & Heat Seek sensors are currently being installed. We're focusing on targeting at-risk buildings, and using data + advocacy in collaboration with our key partners to improve conditions for tenants. Learn more about our current program and what lies ahead for the 2016-2017 winter season.

During the winter of 2015-2016, Heat Seek ran a pilot program in 50 buildings throughout four boroughs. For this pilot program, we sought out buildings with the following criteria: (1) an organized tenant association, (2) at a high risk for continued landlord abuse, as identified by our partners, and (3) stated willingness to bring a group case to housing court. Learn more about our work and see a map of participating buildings here.