Stable housing makes communities stronger.
Yvette Rouget works in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and lives there, too. She’s a Changemaker in Action who manages our housing resource center in the neighborhood. “We do work that actually changes people's lives,” she says.
If necessary repairs aren't made by a landlord, residents must make do without essentials like gas and heat. Economic strains and lack of employment opportunities leave many on the brink of eviction and homelessness. By helping them access financial support and legal information, Yvette and others on our housing team have helped thousands of New Yorkers resolve issues, allowing them to remain in, or obtain, stable housing. "I greet my neighbors every single morning with, ‘Good morning. How you doing? What do you need?" Yvette says.
Bridging Communities and Systems
Serving as a bridge between systems and communities, the Center for Court Innovation develops comprehensive strategies to create safe and vibrant neighborhoods–including increasing access to housing and reducing housing insecurity.
Over the last month, we’ve highlighted our work in housing: influencing policy to increase access and security for all; working side-by-side with people and families to address safety in and around their homes; and how the eviction moratorium in New York–which ended on January 15–will affect thousands of tenants.