“The exhibit of the nineteenth and early twentieth-century social housing reveals scant interest other than producing shelter for vulnerable populations, the working classes, and the lower levels of the middle-class people of color. Speculative builders and public housing authorities provided much of the design, architecture, and construction, however, the design process was seen as a luxury disruptive of the bottom line.

It wasn’t until the close of the last few decades of 20th c. for this conservative view to be challenged. The double and triple bottom line efforts of housing advocates attacked their minimally progressive precursors for the decay of older urban centers. The strategy was a simple one:  capture vacant and abandoned buildings. In NYC, these vital stocks were in big trouble. Some became traps in communities that fell into a quagmire of disinvestment and unemployment. Economic value tends not to occur without a rising standard of living to produce sufficient demand. The fight for the preservation of housing in old urban areas with a weakened but excellent stock of pre-WWII housing proved itself to be a job producer and a community development gold mine.  Bringing design quality to a threatened community place was the first vital step in sustaining the promise of the city.”

Rex L. Curry

Coalition on Human Needs (CHN)

Civil rights, religion, labor protects low-income and other vulnerable populations — children, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

PolicyLink

This national research and action institute of collaborators tends to be all over the place, but watch how they implement local, state initiatives that alter federal policies and work to get a uniform flow of economic and social equity in the pocket of ordinary people.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

Ending the affordable housing crisis vs. watching a crisis unfold before our eyes.

National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH)

Committed to a single goal: end homelessness. The NCH is getting ready because it is coming in waves.

National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)

Credit and banking services for lower-income communities.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Can law improve the economic security of low-income families? Can a justice system for all people beginning with the most vulnerable

National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ)

Engages in legal representation and policy advocacy around the U.S. to improve the administration of cash assistance, Medicaid, food stamps, and childcare.

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Works to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.

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