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Housing Rights People

“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 neighborhoods and public housing became traps. Communities that fell into a quagmire of disinvestment and unemployment were abandoned and left to die. Economists argued that value tends not to occur without a rising standard of living to produce sufficient demand. Racism would not allow that to occur—the fight for housing preservation in old urban areas. While poor, people recognized a weakened, but excellent pre-WWII housing stock was available. Once recognized, it proved to be a job producer and a community development gold mine. Bringing design quality to every aspect of housing preservation gave a threatened community a first vital step in sustaining the city’s promise. With that in mind, you will find nine national watch groups. Scan it for thE elusive skill of persuasion. If you discover something like an understanding of design (in every aspect), I want to see it.” Thanks!


Coalition on Human Needs (CHN)

Civil rights, religion, labor protects low-income and other vulnerable populations — children, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Is there a design that can prevent human suffering?


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. There is a design here.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

Ending the affordable housing crisis vs. watching a crisis unfold before our eyes rings the bell that tolls for thee. In this sense very problem is a housing problem.

National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH)

Committed to a single goal: end homelessness. The NCH is always getting ready because it is like the tide and comes in waves.

National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)

Credit and banking services for lower-income communities. Is “risk” a design problem?

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 and work its way to everyone?

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. Design practices are excellent managers of multiple variables.

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. What is the design for decriminalizing poverty?

Center for Popular Democracy

The Center for Popular Democracy works to create equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions.

All of the above organization, not only fight for human dignity, they must also struggle to survive, keep staff, pay rent and remain focused. When was the last time they all had a meeting, organized, designed and implemented an agenda?

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