In 2003, clergy and lay leaders convened to begin to address the affordable housing crisis, mainly in north Brooklyn; which was then New York City’s epicenter of rapid gentrification. Out of those discussions, and with a core group of volunteer staff, lay leaders and clergy from across north Brooklyn, Churches United For Fair Housing (CUFFH) was incorporated in 2009 as a 501c3 non-profit organization.
CUFFH’s initial campaign was to confront a segregated housing proposal called the Broadway Triangle, a project on a 31 acre parcel of city-owned land that would have created dramatic racial disparities and increased segregation in the area. Since then, the organization has continued to address issues related to NYC’s affordable housing crisis, with guidance from lay leaders and clergy.
Today, CUFFH’s membership stretches across four boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx, and has expanded to four office locations. Using community organizing as the foundation of our work, CUFFH is organizing clergy, lay leaders and youth from congregations throughout the City to combine forces and combat the affordable housing crisis impacting vulnerable communities.