Behind the List
Donate to Housing Justice in Honor of Listings Project 20th AnniversaryBy Stephanie Diamond
July 10, 2023
Listings Project is built on a vision of accountability to our community. In our view, care is the shared responsibility of the group, rather than the lone task of an individual. Even in the cut throat world of real estate, we offer a choice to opt into a different way of being, where we can lean into community and connection as the basis for how we find our homes and jobs.
That’s why, for our 20th Anniversary, we’re hosting a donation drive for housing justice.
The Urban Institute defines housing justice as “ensuring everyone has affordable housing that promotes health, well-being, and upward mobility by confronting historical and ongoing harms and disparities caused by structural racism and other systems of oppression.”
This is important for everyone, whether or not we can afford our rent.
Please join us in contributing to a more just and equitable housing system for all. We’ve set a goal to raise $20,000 to these four change-making housing justice organizations. In honor of our 20th Anniversary, will you support their work by donating $20, or a multiple of $20, to housing justice? Any amount counts.
Black Women Build
Black Women Build is a home-ownership and wealth-building initiative that trains Black women in trades-related skills by restoring vacant and deteriorated houses in West Baltimore. Their holistic program integrates knowledge, skill, and opportunity. Program homebuyers complete a series of workshops that provide increased financial literacy, practical skills for home care, and leadership strategies to help them build healthy thriving communities.
Donate to Black Women Build
Project Row Houses
Project Row Houses, located in Houston, is a community platform that enriches lives through art with an emphasis on cultural identity and its impact on the urban landscape. Their work touches the lives of under-resourced neighbors, young single mothers with the ambition of a better life for themselves and their children, small enterprises with the drive to take their businesses to the next level, and artists interested in using their talents to understand and enrich the lives of others.
Association for Neighborhood Housing Development
Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development is a member based organization of community groups across New York City. They build community power to win affordable housing and thriving equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. They provide comprehensive training, robust capacity-building & apprenticeship programs, and high-impact policy research to support their members in their work to build equity and justice in their neighborhoods and city-wide.
Eviction Defense Network
Eviction Defense Network is dedicated to closing the access to justice gap for families facing eviction in Los Angeles County. 4,000 eviction cases are brought to LA courts per month. EDN has lawyers who can only represent 5,000 households per year. Through their online empowerment classes they teach tenants facing eviction to represent themselves in court. The classes cover the complexities of the eviction process, tenants rights, and provide tenant to tenant lead support. The EDN has a 98% success rate in resolving evictions.
$8,897 raised of $20k goal
44% of the way there!
We’d love for you to participate by donating to any of these organizations, which you can do by clicking the donate links for each organization. We’ll be keeping track of how much we’ve raised, so you can check back any time, and spread the word if you like to see the needle move.
Of course, there are so many housing justice organizations in addition to these doing important work. And we encourage you to host a similar drive for your community on an upcoming occasion of your own.
Thank you so much for being a part of the Listings Project community, for taking part in supporting housing justice, and for working to dismantle the factors that contribute to housing instability.
Stephanie and the Listings Project team
Stephanie is an artist, dancer, entrepreneur and CEO of Listings Project. She creates communities of collective self-care. As a social practice artist Stephanie creates with a community as opposed to an audience. As a dancer, she connects with her intuition while simultaneously connecting with a community of dancers. As a consultant she shares her learnings from three decades of community building. The largest community she has created to date is Listings Project. Learn more about Stephanie at stephaniediamond.com.