FIGHTING SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INJUSTICE
For the past 39 years, City Life/Vida Urbana, a bi-lingual organization, has focused on tenant’s rights, affordable housing, citizen empowerment, and community leadership development. Bringing a blend of citizen education, advocacy, activism and coalitions, City Life has long been effective in Boston in the fight for social and economic justice for working class people.
Founded in 1973, and working primarily with minority and low-income families in Boston, City Life has focused on affordable housing and tenants rights. Since 2007, this focus has increasingly centered on helping homeowners and tenants faced with foreclosure and eviction.
City Life/Vida Urbana sees firsthand the damage and destruction to people, property, neighborhoods, and the city that foreclosures bring. It continues to be effective in reducing the numbers of foreclosures and evictions in Boston, and to speak out against the injustices that underlie the housing crisis.
City Life has developed an especially effective relationship with Boston Community Capital (BCC), a non-profit bank in Roxbury that is focused on community development projects and reducing the negative impacts of the housing crisis.
The organization is supported by numerous individuals and institutions including the Boston Foundation, the Boston Bar Foundation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University’s Oak Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, the Solidago Foundation, and United Way of Mass Bay.
To learn more about City Life/Vida Urbana, please visit http://www.clvu.org/.