Place matters and where a person lives is one of the greatest determinants of her/his ability to flourish and succeed.

The Equitable Development Initiative’s goal is to provide legal assistance to foster community revitalization in low-income neighborhoods by fighting systemic discrimination and degradation and by helping residents create safe, decent and equitable living spaces.  The Civil Rights Act and government agency rules and regulations are among the advocacy tools EDI uses to fight the inequities in the communities we serve.

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EDI is divided into three separate but interconnected components.


The Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy, Inc.Operation HOPEHouston Area Urban LeagueUH Small Business Development Center, Port Arthur Community Action Network, Concerned Citizens for Accountability, South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition, Texas Low Income Housing Information ServiceEnvironmental Defense FundNational Environmental Law CenterNational Resources Defense CouncilTexas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of LawAir Alliance HoustonPublic CitizenTexas Environmental Justice Advocacy ServicesCoalition of Community OrganizationsEnvironmental Law Clinic of the University of Texas School of LawHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthUT Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public HealthTexas Health and Environment Alliance, Caring for Pasadena Communities, Texas Campaign for the Environment, and Environment Texas.

This project is generously funded by Texas Access to Justice FoundationHouston Endowment, and the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation.