Our Theory of Change
Here’s what we’re fighting for: A world where housing is a human right and serves as a strong foundation for tenants, helping them thrive in all aspects of their lives.
But here’s the status quo: Our society’s drive towards profit means that tenants often come last. Corporate interests, weak regulations, and negligent and exploitative landlords make housing unsafe, unstable, and unaffordable. Our government doesn’t guarantee housing as a right for all, and frequently fails to enforce basic tenant protections. Pathways to justice are often unknown or inaccessible to tenants, and those in power rarely face accountability. For Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, these housing challenges are inextricable from histories and policies of disenfranchisement that have concentrated power away from their communities.
We can intervene: By leveraging technology and our deep partnerships with movements for tenants rights and housing justice, we can support tenants to take action and build power collectively and individually, on their own terms. Together, we can address tenants’ urgent problems while co-creating a different future.
Here’s how we fight for individual tenants and the housing movement: With our community partners, JustFix.nyc co-creates tools that support tenants, community organizers, and advocates to take action to address inequitable housing conditions. We use open data to demystify key information for tenants about their homes and landlords and make bureaucratic processes accessible to tenants seeking justice and accountability. We stick to what tech does well and in parallel connect people to other resources, especially when technology falls short. And we partner with people across the tenants rights movement to build our collective knowledge, vision, and power. When dignified, equitable housing becomes our default, our lives and societies will be transformed.