Stories

Louisiana

  • 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
  • Reflections on the South: Possibilities in a Shifting Context

    A friend of mine often says change is inevitable, but the real trick is figuring out how to influence that change to achieve meaningful results.

    Any thoughtful observer of the South recognizes the region is undergoing serious changes. Major shifts in demographics, changes in urban and rural geographies, uneven economic opportunities and new obstacles to the voting booth present real...

  • Ashley Shelton: Early Orientation & Limitations of Philanthropy

    Ashley Shelton launched the Louisiana office of One Voice, an organization created in response to housing, education, civil rights, and policy advocacy needs in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. One Voice fosters public engagement, provides access to data for policy analysis and builds alliances with partners and supporters committed to building a strong, informed electorate.

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  • Jackie Jones: Vision for the Future

    Jacqueline Carroll Jones has more than 20 years of organizing experience with the Jeremiah Group and the Industrial Areas Foundation. Before becoming an organizer, Jones taught regular and special education classes in the Jefferson Parish public school system for 23 years. She also served as Intervention Coordinator for the parish’s only special education alternative high school program....