Photo Credit: Frank Oudeman / OTTO ©


Fri Oct 3, 2014

Marin Co., CA - Thanks to the Marin Organizing Committee, Fairfax became the first city in Marin County to financially commit to expanding a seasonal homeless shelter into a year-round project; the Town Council approved funding at $16,392.

Soon after, leaders held a 'Housing Sabbath' to raise awareness of the campaign. MOC leaders plan to target nine other cities, in addition to Marin County, to cover the cost of expansion.

More here...

Fri Sep 13, 2013

VOICE's Bank & Foreclosure Accountability Campaign secured $30 million in commitments for their Prince William Restoration Fund from Bank of America, General Electric, and VA Housing Development Authority (VHDA).  The fund will support a pilot that would:

(1) rehab 100 abandoned / blighted properties in neighborhoods devastated by foreclosure for affordable homeownership & rental housing,

(2) allow for the development of 1,500 units of rental housing over the next 15 years in Northern Virginia for families.  

VOICE announced the commitments at 500+ person action in Woodbridge VA with Senator Mark Warner and representatives from Bank of America, General Electric, and VHDA.  When JPMorgan refused to participate in the restoration fund, VOICE organized a direct action at their DC Private Banking Offices with 60 leaders. VOICE's pioneering work has garnered significant national media coverage by USA TodayCNN, and the Washington Post.

Sat Aug 4, 2012

After an extensive campaign documenting safety and health hazards in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments, Metro IAF NYC affiliates successfully pushed Mayor Bloomberg and the director of the housing authority to install security cameras in 85 of the most dangerous housing developments, as well as other security upgrades representing a $10 million investment.

Sat Jun 16, 2012

EBC completed construction of the first two phases of 1,525 units of new Nehemiah owner-occupied homes in the Spring Creek section of East New York with more than 341 families already settled in. Further construction on the third phase is set to begin soon after.

In addition to the 1,525 Nehemiah units (consisting of single-family, two-family, and three-family homes, and eight unit apartments), there will be three parks, a supermarket, and an EMS station. The brand new Spring Creek Educational Campus opened in September 2012 and is home to two 6-12 schools and a district 75 school. The $73 million campus features a full gymnasium, exercise and weight training room, auditorium, a college level research library and technology lab, two fully stocked music rooms and smart boards in every classroom.

The homes were designed by architect Alexander Gorlin and assembled locally at the Brooklyn Yard.  

Click here for the background on East Brookyn Congregations Nehemiah Housing

Architect Credit: Alexander Gorlin / Alexander Gorlin Architects

Photo Credit: Frank Oudeman / OTTO © 

Sun Sep 18, 2011

With TRF Development Partners, BUILD organizes to rebuild East Baltimore. In the worst housing market since the Great Depression, BUILD continues to rebuild the Oliver Community located in East Baltimore. 40 homes have been constructed, fully occupied. 20 are under construction. 

Thu Aug 11, 2011

In the Spring Nehemiah Development, EBC leaders will build 1525 affordable homes and develop two new small quality schools.

Fri Jul 1, 2011

Lake County United has supported Mercy Housing Lakefront’s proposal for 70 units of affordable senior housing in Grayslake.  Lake County United was pivotal in the building’s original planning with our active community leadership inspiring Mercy to come to Lake County and to include a 25% set aside of units for seniors with special needs in the project.  We then helped Mercy secure rental subsidies from the Lake County Housing Authority, tax credit financing from the Illinois Housing Development Authority, worked closely with them to develop local support for the project from Grayslake residents and clergy in order to secure the final zoning approval for the project from the Grayslake Zoning Board of Appeals and Village Board.  Vocal “Not In My Back Yard” opposition slowed the process down, but after a final approval vote in early July, Mercy now expects to break ground in early October 2011.

Wed May 18, 2011

Since 2003, AIM has secured $224 million in county investment in affordable housing.   The affordable housing funds have been used to build or refurbish over 5,000 units of for sale, senior, rental and disability housing throughout the county.  10% of the funds are allocated for homelessness prevention programs.  

Wed Mar 2, 2011

With TRF Development Partners, BUILD helps develop City Arts Building, 69 affordable artists lofts:


Wed Feb 2, 2011

In February, 2011, more than 1300 people from East Brooklyn Congregations, South Bronx Churches, Manhattan Together, Empowered Queens United in Action and Leadership, Long Island Associations, Congregations and Neighborhoods, and New Jersey Together gathered to celebrate our thirty years of accomplishments, including:

  • The construction of more than 4000 Nehemiah affordable homes in Eastern Brooklyn and the South Bronx
  • $500 million in environmental clean up in New Jersey
  • The founding of four new public high schools, two charter schools and the construction of the $220 million Mott Haven campus in Eastern Brooklyn, Queens and the South Bronx
  • $60 million in parks restoration in lower Manhattan
Wed Aug 11, 2010

WIN built Dupont Commons, a 147-unit for-purchase, affordable housing development for residents with incomes between $15,000 – $60,000, and partnered with Catholic Charities to create the Summit at St. Martin’s Apartments, a 178-unit affordable apartment complex.  WIN is in the final stages of construction for Eden Place, a 63-unit Nehemiah affordable housing development.  DC is one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation, and these projects stabilize the neighborhood for long-time residents.

Tue Aug 11, 2009

WIN leaders pressed the Mayor and City Council to develop and fund a plan to create 2,500 units of permanent supportive housing to move the city’s most chronically and vulnerable homeless from the streets or shelter into homes with supportive services.  To date, over 1,100 individuals and families have been housed. 

In the News

Bob Wilson, In-fill Development, Urban, Community Development

Durham (CAN) Infill Development a Good Sprawl Substitute

Thursday, November 5, 2015
News & Observer

With the election of a City Council and mayor firmly behind infill development, Durham CAN’s proposal to turn a barren publicly owned lot at the corner of Jackson and Willard streets into an affordable-housing complex looks like a no-brainer.

That’s good news for downtown Durham, which needs full-time residents to help sustain the renaissance of a once-forlorn area. It’s no longer lights out after work in downtown.

Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods) is a community coalition that has amassed political clout since its founding in 1997 as an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation....

Arlington County Master Plan for Housing, Schools, Affordable Housing

Arlington Board Approves Additional Affordable Housing

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Washington Post

The Arlington County Board, in an unanimous vote, on Saturday passed an affordable housing plan that will add about 15,800 apartments affordable to low to moderate income households by 2040.

Three hours of personal and heartfelt testimony from those who said they have benefited from Arlington’s existing housing supports swayed the lawmakers who said they couldn’t recall more affecting testimonials in their tenures.

Carolina Perez described the impact of having a safe and stable apartment on her family, showing the board her daughter’s A-plus on a math assignment. “It really hurts us when people say low-income (families) are bringing down Arlington,” she said. “You are not wasting your money. You are investing in your future.”

Coverage of back story here.

MACG, Mary Nemmers, Affordable Housing, Portland, Oregon IAF

MACG considered a force for the common good in Portland

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Portland Mercury

"We are in a crisis and people are being dispossessed from their homes and their neighborhoods," says Bob Brown, a MACG member who's been working on this issue for months. "It's bad, and it's going to get worse if we don't do something."

...Brown was one of 97 MACG members who, on September 1, packed a PHAC review hearing for that mandatory review process.

... At the September 1 hearing, the group unleashed its secret weapon—a former senior housing policy manager for the PDC named Leah Greenwood.... 

Nationstar, Foreclosure Prevention, Edens, Keisha Krumm

Common Ground's "Million Winning Strategy" in Milwaukee

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Shepherd Express

In our era of political polarization and highly negative partisan attacks, it’s rare to see community advocates who cheerfully—even gleefully—describe their years-long campaign to help struggling Milwaukeeans.

But Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground’s Keisha Krumm and Jennifer O’Hear were all smiles when talking about their part in securing $30 million settlement between mortgage servicerNationstar Mortgage LLC and the City of Milwaukee.

Foreclosure Prevention, Nationstar, Keisha Krumm, Wes Edens

Nationstar to Give $30 Million for Distressed Milwaukee Homeowners

Friday, August 28, 2015
Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee

"Common Ground is pleased that the mayor and Common Council President Michael Murphy negotiated aggressively in our behalf to get the best deal they could get for our city," she said.

"We are pleased with the result."

NYCHA, Olatoye, senior citizens, East Brooklyn Congregations

Metro IAF Pitches Own NYCHA Housing Plan

Thursday, August 13, 2015
The Real Deal

The Metro Industrial Areas Foundation invited several Brooklyn elected officials last month to hear a proposal to “infill” large swaths of open space at public housing developments in the borough with between 10,000 and 20,000 units of senior citizen housing.

The faith-based organization has developed low-income homes in parts of Brooklyn through its local chapter, East Brooklyn Congregations.

NYCHA, Harlem, South Bronx, apartments, Mold, leaks, New York IAF

Roof Repairs at Harlem NYCHA Building Made Leaks Worse

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
NY Daily News

“What’s happening in the King Towers echoes what we are seeing all over the city,” said Michael Stanley, an organizer with Metro Industrial Area Foundation, a housing advocate group that’s been critical of NYCHA for years.

Barbara Solomon, 59, says she has tried in vain to get management to fix her ceilings. “Too often, NYCHA doesn’t show up, but even where they are supposedly fixing things, the repairs are usually so ineffective that nothing is really resolved or the problem even gets worse,” Stanley said.

Mold, Public Housing, Consent Decree, New York IAF

Judge Slams NYCHA Officials for No-Show at (Metro IAF) Mold Hearing

Friday, July 10, 2015
Daily News

"A judge overseeing NYCHA’s flailing efforts to clean up its toxic mold problem ripped into agency officials for being no-shows at a hearing Friday.

A lone NYCHA lawyer showed up, but none of the top brass appeared in Manhattan Federal Court to answer why they’ve failed to live up to a 2013 promise to abate mold in decrepit apartments.

“Why wouldn’t some policy-making, decision-making official of NYCHA be here?” fumed Judge William Pauley. “I can’t believe they have more important things to do.”"

NYCHA, De Blasio, EBC, Metro IAF, New York IAF, Public Housing

Metro IAF / EBC Demand that De Blasio Act on Housing Horror

Thursday, June 25, 2015
City Limits

Angry residents and faith leaders joined forces Thursday to call for the resignation of Shola Olatoye, chairwoman of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). On the steps of City Hall under a bright sun, hundreds of members of Metro Industrial Areas Foundation called for a "shake up" at NYCHA, demanding that Mayor de Blasio keep his promises to New York City’s most vulnerable population.

Affordable Housing, Community Organizing in Westchester, Tenants, Port Chester

Starwood Tries to Raze Low-Rent Housing, Westchester United Fights Back

Friday, April 3, 2015
Lohud - The Journal News

Starwood Capital Group, an international private investment company that manages assets of $42 billion, wants these families to leave so that its development team can demolish the affordable-housing complex, and make way for a hotel and housing for young professionals and adults over age 55.

According to the proposal, Starwood's plan is designed to limit the number of children who would attend Port Chester schools, which are cramped for space.

Mississippi IAF, Organizing in Jackson, Housing Trust Fund, HUD

Working Together Jackson Wins First Housing Trust Fund in State

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
MS News Now

Mississippi was one of only three states in the country without a housing trust fund before ’Working Together Jackson‘ changed that.

East Brooklyn Congregations, NYCHA, De Blasio, Community Organizing in New York City

Tenants: De Blasio Needs Bigger Role in NYCHA

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
City Limits

When the head of the New York City Housing Authority met with residents at a chapel in Brownsville on Tuesday night, there were questions about failing radiators, missing kitchen sinks, moldy walls, broken doors, pigeon excrement and more.

These were all part of a more general question: A year into his administration, to what extent is Mayor de Blasio accountable for the continuing maintenance woes at NYCHA, which has been shortchanged by all levels of government for at least a decade?

Hundreds of public housing tenants in Brooklyn took school buses from their churches to Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church...

Foreclosures, Mortgages, Community Organizing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin IAF

City Officials Warn of Another Possible Wave of Foreclosures

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee

Milwaukee officials on Thursday detailed new concerns that another looming wave of foreclosures could damage vulnerable neighborhoods still recovering from the last housing crisis.

Major mortgage-servicing companies have given data to the city and community groups such as Common Ground that suggest there are hundreds of properties that are delinquent on loans or are underwater, meaning property owners or the holder of the mortgage owe more than the home is worth.

Mayor de Blasio

Mr. Mayor, Here's How It's Done: Lessons from the Front Lines

Monday, February 23, 2015
Daily News

Mayor de Blasio has made the creation of higher density apartments in East New York the centerpiece of his housing agenda. Oddly, his administration never bothered to ask us for our thoughts on its plans to build on the work we’ve been succesfully doing there for 30 years.

In that time, East Brooklyn Congregations has built or renovated more than 5,000 ultra-affordable Nehemiah homes and apartments, owned by their residents, in the area. Every one of them is affordable to school aides, police officers, hospital workers and retirees — the very same people who lived in the area before we began building.

Bill De Blasio, Incomplete, Rev. Patrick O'Conner, Rev. Getulio Cruz, Organizing in NYC

Metro IAF Leaders Grade Bill De Blasio's Work

Saturday, December 27, 2014
NY Daily News

"There is no way to give the mayor a grade other than incomplete after this first year.

His commitment to address the problems plaguing NYCHA remains largely unfulfilled. His administration has not aggressively responded to the federal court settlement to remove life-threatening mold from tenants’ apartments...."

Mold, NYCHA, lawsuit, federal consent decree, Metro IAF

Mold Still a Growing Problem for Hundreds of NYCHA Tenants

Sunday, December 14, 2014
The Daily News

Officials at Metro Industrial Area Foundation, a group of churches and nonprofits also involved in the suit, say that since the consent decree was signed, NYCHA has begun to attack the problem. But the crisis is far from over. Of the 84 apartments on the group’s initial fix-it list, NYCHA has done nothing in 57 apartments. And the agency has made nominal repairs in 10 more that were so inadequate the mold came back. Seventeen apartments got effective repairs.

NYCHA, Security Cameras, Public Safety, East Brooklyn Congregations

NYCHA Screwed Up Application: Missed Out on Federal Funds

Sunday, November 23, 2014
New York Daily News

(De Blasio) blamed previous delays on ‘unacceptable bureaucracy,’ ” said the Rev. David Brawley, pastor at St. Paul Community Baptist Church in East New York, Brooklyn.

“Now we learn how little has changed for NYCHA residents over the past year under the mayor’s watch. The status quo has remained: ineptitude, distraction and neglect.”

Homelessness, Day Shelter, Social Services, Sound Alliance, Peter Hasegawa

Homeless, Sound Alliance, Urge City to Develop Day Shelter in Federal Way

Friday, November 14, 2014
Federal Way Mirror

"Our goal was to encourage Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell to commit to work with the Alliance and its allies to find an appropriate site, secure capital funding and secure operation funding to develop a day shelter in Federal Way that provides showers, laundry, public space and a connection point with service providers," said Peter Hasegawa. "I believe a strong community showing at our event demonstrated support for this project."

Illinois IAF, Community Organizing in Chicago, Governor Quinn, Gun Violence

United Power for Justice & Action Reports In From Chicago...

Sunday, October 26, 2014
United Power for Justice & Action
Sunday afternoon, October 26, 2014, hundreds of United Power leaders gathered with Governor Quinn. It was expertly led by co-chairs Betty Gutierrez of Southwest Organizing Project and DiAne Boese of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park. In 36 minutes, outdoors on a beautiful October afternoon the group got a lot accomplished. The assembly was a follow-up to our larger gathering with Governor Quinn in January 2014 to assess progress on the commitments he made on: housing – supportive housing for people with disabilities and Re-Claim Southwest Chicago and gun violence...

Community Organizing in New York City, New York IAF, Rev. David Brawley, Rev. Getulio Cruz

Metro IAF Weighs In on NYC's Senior Housing Crisis

Sunday, October 26, 2014
NY Daily News

With Albany preoccupied with an election that inspires no one outside of the capitol bubble and with City Hall distracted by an inability to deal with a staffing crisis of its own making, it might seem foolhardy to expect the city and state’s top political leaders to look 20 years ahead. But that’s what the distracted mayor and preoccupied governor must do if a deepening crisis in senior housing and senior services is to be averted.

Marin Organizing Committee, REST, emergency shelter, Homeless

With Fairfax Win Under Belt, MOC Steps Up Fight For Shelter

Monday, October 13, 2014
Marin Independent Journal

Fairfax became the first municipality in Marin to commit to providing funding for the expansion of the REST winter homeless shelter program into a year-round project, thanks to intervention from the Marin Organizing Committee.  The Town Council voted unanimously to approve a request for... 

California IAF, Community Organizing in the Bay Area, Marin Organizing Committee, emergency shelter, Homelessness, Anna Eng

Marin Organizing Committee Fights for Emergency Shelter

Monday, July 28, 2014
Marin Independent Journal

Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) leaders are fighting to expand a seasonal Rotating Emergency Shelter program to a year-long program benefiting people that need emergency shelter.  Leaders propose that the initiative be funded and supported not just by Marin County but by municipalities within county lines.  More than 40 congregations participated in the program last year, taking turns sheltering and feeding homeless families overnight at their facilities;  about 360 men and women benefited from the collaboration...

Action in Montgomery, AIM, Community Organizing in Montgomery County, Maryland IAF, Housing

AIM Tells Candidates, "No Stump Speeches"

Monday, June 23, 2014
Washington Post

The candidates for Montgomery County executive did most of the listening, rather than the talking, in their final joint appearance before next week’s primary.“No stump speeches” was the directive from Action In Montgomery (AIM), the faith-based advocacy group that packed Silver Spring United Methodist Church on Tuesday evening with more than 500 people from its member congregations.

Foreclosure Prevention, Finance Reform, Mortgage Backed Securities, JP Morgan Chase Bank

VOICE in Virgina Challenges Big Banks to Clean Up Their Mess

Monday, June 16, 2014
The Hill

Hannah Senft, Candy Savannah and Ron Taylor, together with "VOICE, a broad-based citizens’ organization, are fighting absentee investors to clean up their yards, exterminate the rats, fix housing code violations and stop abusing immigrant tenants."  They are also challenging banks like JP Morgan Chase to clean up their mess.

California IAF, Community Organizing in California, Marin County Organizing Committee, MOC, Anna Eng, REST, emergency shelter, Homelessness

MOC Secures Candidate Promises for Added Emergency Shelter

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Marin Organizing Committee

On Thursday, May 15th, over 250 leaders of the Marin Organizing Committee gathered for an accountability session with Susan Adams and Damon Connolly, candidates fort District 1 Marin Couty Supervisor...