• Housing through a Social Justice Lens

    "As one of the few women of color and the youngest person at the Southern Convening, the idea of viewing housing justice through a social justice lens was the best part."

    When I learned about the Southern Convening, I BEGGED Mary Brooks from the Center for Community Change (CCC)’s Housing Trust Fund Project to let me go. I wanted to hear...

  • Housing Georgia: Energized to Fight for Affordable Homes

    "Attending the Southern Convening was like being plugged into a charging station and receiving the energy to continue the battle to improve resources in Georgia for affordable housing for another year."

    For six years, the Housing Trust Fund Project of the Center for Community Change (CCC) has been convening coalitions from Southern states who are focused on passing...

    Southern Convening
  • Celebrating a Year of Successes

    As we begin a New Year, we’d like to toast all of our grantee partners across the South for a very successful 2015. Here are a few of the year’s achievements:

    Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice’s policy expertise and research helped boost awareness of predatory lending practices to the national level. The White House asked Legal Director Shay Farley to convene a roundtable of...
  • Reflections on the South: The Road Ahead

    Over the last few weeks in this blog series, I have explored some themes shared with me by our grantee partners, Foundation staff and board, and other colleagues across the South. Those conversations have been super helpful as I work to learn more about the region.

    At the risk of over-summarizing, let me recap some of the themes:

    Entrenched challenges, including racism, political...
  • Reflections on the South: Supporting Progress

    The Foundation conducts its strategic planning in 10-year arcs, a process that includes reflection on our work and results, conversations with our grantee and philanthropic partners and efforts to understand emerging trends. We are wrapping up one of these planning processes now.

    Looking across our work and recent history, some core lessons about supporting social and economic justice...