Housing is a Human Right has a growing number of community partners. Through organizing, advocacy and equitable community development, these organizations labor tirelessly to preserve and improve the conditions of our neighborhoods and imagine a new world.
The National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) promotes a human rights vision for the United States that ensures dignity and access to the basic resources needed for human development and civic participation. Towards this end, NESRI works with organizers, policy advocates and legal organizations to incorporate a human rights perspective into their work and build human rights advocacy models tailored for the United States. NESRI takes a partnership approach to building a human rights culture in the United States, and prioritizes partnerships at the community level. www.nesri.org
Occupy Our Homes is a movement that supports Americans who stand up to their banks and fight for their homes. We believe everyone has a right to decent, affordable housing. We stand in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement and with community organizations who help the 99% fight for a place to call home. http://occupyourhomes.org
Take Back the Land is a national network of organizations dedicated to elevating housing to the level of a human right and securing community control over land. http://www.takebacktheland.org
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) is a Brooklyn-based, multi-racial organization made up of almost exclusively women of color. We are organizing low-income families to build power to change the system so that all people’s work is valued and all of us have the right and economic means to decide and live out our own destinies. We use direct action, leadership development, community organizing and political education to win the changes our members seek. Our guiding principle is that those directly affected by the policies we are seeking to change should lead the organization. www.FUREE.org
Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) embraces a vision in which people strive together to build an equitable, diverse, engaged, and flourishing community in central Brooklyn. In our work as a community development corporation, PACC pursues five major goals: 1) preserve and develop safe and affordable housing, a basic human right; 2) support a vibrant local commerce through which small businesses serve the market needs of community residents: 3) third, to sustain and develop an economic, racial, and cultural diversity that can enrich the lives of all 4) fourth, to promote knowledge, initiative, and concerted action that can advance individual and common interests; 5) to foster an ethic that all members of the community bear personal responsibility to contribute to the greater good. www.prattarea.org
Picture the Homeless is an organization founded on the principle that in order to end homelessness, people who are homeless must become an organized, effective voice for systemic change. We have a track record of developing leadership among homeless people to impact policies and systems that affect their lives and our efforts have created space for homeless people, and their agenda, within the broader social justice movement. www.picturethehomeless.org
CHANGER, Inc. is a homeowner advocacy organization that assists homeowners in building intergenerational wealth through homeownership.
CHANGER works with homeowners to end abusive mortgage lending practices in low and moderate income communities in New York City through the use of consumer advocacy and education, financial and legal research, community organizing, public policy advocacy, and providing direct services. http://changernyc.org
Organizing for Occupation (O4O) is a group of New York City residents from the activist, academic, religious, homeless, arts, and progressive legal communities who have come together to respond to the housing crisis. We firmly believe that safe and affordable housing is a human right, and that the government and the private sector have failed to meaningfully address this crisis. Therefore it is up to those who are most afflicted by the lack of affordable housing, homelessness, and foreclosures to actualize that right themselves through non-violent direct action. We intend to create housing through the occupation of vacant spaces and to protect people’s right to remain in existing housing through community based anti-eviction campaigns. http://www.o4onyc.org
The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) is a new non-profit organization providing professional, dedicated and expert socio-economic rights assistance to individuals, communities and social movements in South Africa. SERI conducts research, engages with government, advocates for policy and legal reform, facilitates civil society coordination and mobilization, and litigates in the public interest. http://www.seri-sa.org/