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|About||Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA), a project of New Settlement Apartments, is made up of community residents who work together to improve the living conditions in our neighborhood and maintain affordable housing through collective action.|
CASA’s work is grounded in the belief that everyone has a basic right to a safe, healthy, affordable and a stable home.
Through unifying neighbors, educating and organizing tenants, we are shifting the balance of power in our neighborhoods, all the while protecting our homes!
WHAT WE DO:
Individual Building Organizing: Assist tenants in forming and sustaining
strong Tenants Associations to:
- Organize to get repairs
- Fight against landlord harassment
- Ensure that tenants know their rights
- Build a sense of community and accountability in the building
- Stop displacement
We bring tenants from different buildings together that are experiencing common problems or who have the same abusive landlord. There’s power in numbers! CASA’s powerful tenant coalitions have fought large battles and won huge, far reaching victories.
We work with various state and city-wide coalitions such as the Real Rent Reform Campaign, fighting for broader, city and statewide policy objectives of safe and affordable housing and tighter protections for tenants.
We regularly conduct trainings and workshops around basic tenants’ rights and the importance of organizing tenant associations.
Our ultimate goal is to build a unified and empowered local community. We therefore use an organizing model that puts leadership development in the forefront.
Excellence in Neighborhood and Community Organizing, ANHD, 2013
Activist Award, UJC, 2014
Ally Award, CAAAV, 2015