I’m looking to create a map of all public and privately owned NYC homeless shelters, beginning with DHS facilities.
I’m not a developer, but I came across Mapbox. Looks like the web app that’ll work for me and has helped NYC with other major civic projects in the past.
So far I have pdf, docx and xlsx data that I’m guessing I’ll convert to csv files, since I have no idea what .geojson, .kml, or .gpx files are, besides them being the accepted file types for Mapbox.
So I found a couple projects on the project.beta.nyc that are tackling the same problem. Nice! I’ll be reaching out to the developers.
The visual data was part of a larger problem, which is to create more transparency in shelters utilizing:
DHS Facilities Maintenance and Development Callahan reports (can’t find it yet) - which includes items such as shelter cleanliness, rights etc given to homeless)
Shelter Performance Ranking open data
- And whatever else I can find.
It would be like a civic Yelp, where you can find shelters via map or comprehensive directory.
- Shelter Performance Ranking open data is outdated (example here)
- Current Callahan deficiency data that is available (2003) is listed as N/A (example here)
- Also certain terminology needs to be described or explained for public understanding (e.g., 3rd Performance Tier, 5th Performance Tier, etc).
So I’ll be contacting 311. Any other ideas? DHS website is sorely outdated.