TOWARDS A RIGHT TO HOUSING
Advocacy | Pedagogic Tool
Parsons The New School of Design
Bushwick, Brooklyn. NY
Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) and the Solidarity Economy Project.
DUE Studio 1 cohort
How can design contribute to the right to housing? How can we preserve housing when the city is shaped through a market-driven logic?
In 2016, the DUE cohort started a participatory action research project on cooperative housing models between Parsons and the National Coop Research—led by the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) and the Solidarity Economy Project. The outcome of this research was an educational brochure on housing rights. Tailored to low-income residents living in limited equity co-ops, rent stabilized apartments, public housing, and other forms of government subsidized affordable housing, the brochure provides an analysis of the state of the current housing crisis in Bushwick, paired with a review of existing affordable housing rights, and strategies of expanding the right to housing. The brochure strategically makes accessible information as a basis for informed collective action against gentrification and displacement.
ANALYSIS HOUSING STOCK
HOUSING CRISIS - RENT BURDEN
SURVEY OF RESIDENTS
AFFORDABLE HOYSING ALTERNATIVES
LIMITED EQUITY CO-OPS