WHAT WE DO




Union de Vecinos’ overall focus is to improve the quality of life for residents who live, work, and play in the neighborhoods in which we serve. We follow the environmental justice principles of self determination and meaningful inclusion and participation on issues that affect the most poor and excluded. Our principal method of work is community organizing. In 2000 we won a Best Practice award for our community organizing from the United Nations’ Huairou Commission. In our model, solutions to a problem are developed by those most affected. It places the community first and at the center of our work. We take a bottom up approach. We start with the community’s understanding of their problems and engage the community in addressing these issues. We organize block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood and bring this network together. We do this through reflection, action, analysis and start again with each phase bringing new information. Through this process community members learn to negotiate and prioritize their demands amongst themselves. Our organizing campaigns, as identified by our community members, include the following:

The Right to Housing


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Environmental Justice   

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The Right to Stable & Healthy Neighborhoods

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