“The exhibit of nineteenth and twentieth-century social housing reveals scant interest in the design of architecture for vulnerable populations, the working classes and the lower levels of the middle classes. Much of this architecture was provided by speculative builders or public housing authorities. The “poor house” death and despair was for the “remains of humanity.” It wasn’t until the close of the 20th c. for this conservative view to be challenged. The primary effort of advocates has been to keep what their minimally progressive precursors managed to produce and to capture what was abandoned. In NYC these vital stocks were in big trouble. Some became traps in communities without resources to grow strength, others grew into vast quagmires of disinvestment. Value tends not occur without a rising standard of living to produce effective demand is the lesson for conservatives. A quality community place is the first and most important step, something the left has yet to understand.”

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.


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

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

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