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.
EDI is divided into three separate but interconnected components.
The team provides pro bono
transactional business law
representation, offers legal workshops
and presentations on legal issues for
small businesses, and collaborates
with strategic partners to resolve
complex and consistent community
The team focuses on the right to fair
distribution of environmental benefits
and burdens and the right to equal
protection from environmental
They engage in community outreach,
education; relationship building;
collaborative partnerships; legal
support and transactional work for
community organizations; advice and
legal counsel to support self-advocacy;
direct legal representation;
and law student internships with
Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
The team concentrates on the right to
stay in decent and affordable housing
within the community and the right to
choose where to live via housing
They take action to overcome historic
patterns of segregation and
discrimination, enforce affordable
housing and habitability laws through
and develop and advocate for policies
that help encourage and facilitate the
construction of new housing in areas
that offer opportunities for low-income
individuals and families.
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Air Alliance Houston, Caring for Pasadena Communities, Cleanups in My Community (EPA), Coalition for Environment, Equity, and Resilience, Coalition of Community Organizations, Concerned Citizens for Accountability, Environment Texas, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Law Clinic of the University of Texas School of Law, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Houston Area Urban League, National Environmental Law Center, National Resources Defense Council, Neighborhood Witness, Operation HOPE, Port Arthur Community Action Network, Public Citizen, South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, Texas Health and Environment Alliance, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, The Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy, Inc., UH Small Business Development Center, and UT Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health.
This project is generously funded by Texas Access to Justice Foundation, Houston Endowment, and the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation.