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Community residents and institutions are now organizing deeper together to create a people-powered alternative vision for local development—a core focus of Neighborhood Funders Group's Democratizing Development Program. Millions of tenants and housing advocates are working together to push for solutions to gentrification and displacement. Renters in dozens of cities across the country have been organizing for the National Renter Week of Action and Assemblies in September to push back against the Trump Administration’s threat to cut billions from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The current administration's 2018 budget proposes cuts that would exacerbate our national housing crisis, force even more families out of their homes, and eliminate vital services for already marginalized people. HUD Secretary Ben Carson openly supports this budget-slashing, prompting the launch of CarsonWatch to monitor and stop the federal rollback of fair housing protections.
Check back soon for updates on this webinar to learn more about CarsonWatch, how philanthropy is supporting organizing work, and how funders can be in better alignment with communities who are taking great risks to defend their homes and families from rent hikes and unjust evictions. You'll also learn about recent successes and ongoing challenges for community organizing, as well as opportunities for moving housing equity and justice strategies at the local and national level.
Sam Tepperman | Deputy Managing Director, Public Advocates
Kalima Rose | Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, PolicyLink
Dawn Phillips | Executive Director, Right to the City