Program Overview The Designed by Community Fellowship is a paid fellowship and project funding opportunity to support community members in designing and developing hyper-localized solutions related to the COVID-19 crisis for and with NYCHA communities. The Service Design Studio at
NYCHA Real Talk is a train-the-trainers program to support community members in informing their neighbors on how to develop hyper-localized strategies related to public housing, land use and healthy homes for and with NYCHA communities.
In January 2021, in response to advocacy the Abolish the NYC Tax Lien Sale Coalition, the NYC City Council passed legislation charting the course for ending New York City’s tax lien sale (Local Law 24 of 2021).
Legislative Advocacy TakeRoot supports the legislative platform of the USBnyc Coalition, particularly the current campaign to pass Commercial Rent Stabilization (Intro 1796-2019). Below are the past results of the Coalition’s work: Commercial Tenant Harassment Law: The Commercial Tenant Harassment Law in New
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Capacity Building and Equitable Neighborhoods practices have compiled lists of legal and financial resources available to worker cooperatives, small businesses, and nonprofits.
TakeRoot supports community organizations resisting private development by providing strategic and legal advice on the environmental review and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). ULURP requires that applications to rezone an area be reviewed by the relevant Community Board
In early 2015, TakeRoot Justice joined a collective of technical assistance providers with expertise in planning, housing policy, legal services, popular education, and design to together support local organizing in communities the City selected for rezoning.
With the support of the Neighborhoods First Fund, TakeRoot’s Equitable Neighborhoods team represents Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side (TUFF-LES), CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) as they work with Manhattan Community Board
TakeRoot provides legal and technical support to grassroots organizations creating Community Land Tursts in order to preserve long-term affordability and economic investment in their communities.
TakeRoot’s Equitable Neighborhoods team takes on matters where organizing groups are enforcing zoning and environmental laws. Examples: Chhaya CDC, Minkwon Center for Community Action and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce v. NYC Department of City Planning, NYC City Planning