Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services by Benjamin Shepard is an engaging and accessible work that will get today's students excited about the very real prospect of achieving lasting, positive change within their communities. It outlines a distinct approach to community practice born out of the intersection among social movements, day-to-day organizing, and the lessons of five decades of community change practices. This invaluable resource is a must-have for anyone involved in community organization, community health, and community activism practice research and policy.
Chapter 14: Affinity Group to Movement Organization: Housing Works
Affinity Group to Movement Organization: Housing Works
The overlapping nature of social action and services takes any number of forms (Rothman, 1995). Countless service groups spun off from ACT UP/New York, including Housing Works, CitiWide Harm Reduction, and the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center. This chapter highlights the story of a new model of social movement organization, Housing Works. In the years after it moved from an affinity group within ACT UP into an organization unto itself, Housing Works helped build community through a combination of direct services and successful policy advocacy on the city, state, and national levels (Schubert & Hombs, 1995). Over and over it argued that housing quite literally works; it saves lives, helps ...