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.


Environmental Justice Resources


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 HealthHouston Area Urban LeagueNational Environmental Law CenterNational 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 ServicesTexas Health and Environment Alliance, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service,  Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of LawThe 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 FoundationHouston Endowment, and the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation.