Early this month we launched our first Housing Justice Fellowship, in partnership with Springfield Tenants Unite. For our pilot cohort, we brought together 12 tenants with varied experiences renting in Springfield. Some have prior experience with tenant organizing, some do not, but all are committed to learning how to organize their community to win policy changes that strengthen the movement for housing justice.
Over the course of the Fellowship, they will learn about the politics of housing in Springfield and how to organize and strengthen a tenant union. Three groups have formed to focus on Base-Building, Campaign Planning, and Shaping the Narrative, each led by a Fellow. Through immersion in a community of peers committed to building equity, fellows will develop skills, identify issues and solutions in their buildings and neighborhoods, and build capacity to organize tenant power in their communities. The Fellowship will culminate with presentations on their own organizing projects. We’re excited to see what this group can accomplish in the future. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming our first Housing Justice Fellowship cohort:
2023-2024 Housing Justice Fellows
Alice Barber (Fellowship Project Lead)
Johnathan Byrd (Fellowship Project Lead)
Rex Ybañez (Fellowship Project Lead)