Community Organizing is the backbone of CUFFH's movement-building work to address the critical issues impacting our most vulnerable community members.
We engage and mobilize residents who are directly impacted to elevate the issue, strategize, establish solutions, and plan a course of action through participatory and democratic processes and by providing leadership and organizer trainings for community members.
CUFFH believes that housing is a human right and that all New Yorkers regardless of their income level or immigration status deserve to live in a home that is safe, affordable and permanent. We mobilize our network around neighborhood specific land use and development projects and city-wide housing initiatives to advocate for equitable rezoning, the creation of affordable housing at target incomes, preservation of existing affordable housing and strong tenant protections for our communities.
We work to ensure that there are strong protections and safe spaces in place for vulnerable immigrant community members. CUFFH mobilizes to provide rapid response to anti-immigrant attacks and works with local and national partners to plan immigrant rights actions. Through our service programs we provide know-your-rights workshops and deportation defense information for undocumented residents and DACA recipients, referrals to legal services, and emergency sanctuary housing at churches across our network.
We believe that Housing Justice is Racial Justice and are committed to protecting communities of color across NYC. CUFFH empowers residents to call gentrification what it is --segregation-- and to call out and challenge the developers, policies and practices which violate the Fair Housing Act, displace black and brown families and further segregate our neighborhoods. Our Racial Impact Study Campaign is mobilizing residents, allies and elected officials to combat racial segregation in City rezonings.
CUFFH is at the forefront in the struggle to create and preserve affordable housing in our communities by educating tenants about their rights and ensuring that the most vulnerable populations are equipped with the necessary information to combat illegal landlord harassment, displacement and eviction. In partnership with Brooklyn Legal Services Corp A (BKA) we help organize residents into tenant associations and connect them with no-fee lawyers who provide legal services and representation to tenants in housing court.