Equitable Neighborhoods

The people who live and work in New York City must have a voice in the future of their neighborhoods.

The TakeRoot Justice Equitable Neighborhoods practice works with grassroots groups, neighborhood organizations and community coalitions to make sure that people of color, immigrants and low-income residents are not ignored or pushed out in the name of “progress.”

We partner with residents in historically under-resourced areas to fight for stable, affordable housing, community spaces, jobs to make a good living and other opportunities that allow people to thrive.

TakeRoot Justice is one of the only legal services organizations in New York City that provides free legal representation in land-use cases, which are increasingly important in the fight against displacement.

We support our partners with a variety of legal strategies, including litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, trainings, and strategy development.

Interested in working with us? Download the TakeRoot Justice EN Intake form, fill it in and return by email or regular mail.

Our Work

Our Equitable Neighborhoods Partners

In the news

HER Power

HER Power is a women’s empowerment group developed by three community advocates who saw an immediate need for resources that promote holistic well being across NYCHA developments.

Rockaway On-Beat

Project Description Rockaway On-Beat will offer a formal roller skating program to youth and adults residing in NYCHA developments on the Rockaways peninsula. Participants will be given one-on-one instruction in on-beat roller skating techniques, and a personalized book to reinforce

Technical Assistance for Organizers

The Technical Assistance for Organizers project aims to increase organizing and communications capacity for three public housing developments. The project will aim to work with three resident advisory boards to host online events, outreach, and community assessments to determine the

From Blocks to Beats

From Blocks To Beats is a program that targets medium and high risk young adults in a music mentoring program to be hosted at the Tompkins Community Center.

Protecting Wetlands in Staten Island

Administrative Advocacy As counsel to the Staten Island Coalition for Wetlands and Forests, TakeRoot submitted comments requesting that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation hold a public hearing on and ultimately deny an application to disrupt a wetland that