Although we are currently unable to meet in person with newly established and actively engaged tenant groups, we must still continue building and sustaining momentum through this pandemic. The courts are on a pause, but at the end of COVID-19, the City’s housing crisis will look the same, if not worse, than it appeared before this public health emergency. Business will resume as usual.
This time is an opportunity for all organizers to transition their mobilization efforts onto digital platforms. It’s a time for us to leverage the knowledge we already have, and to learn new skills. At the Homeless Coalition, we are soon going to launch Outvote to mobilize support for our Affordable Housing Trust Fund ballot initiative. We are also collaborating with a team AmeriCorps community service members to design Facebook and GroupMe user tools that we will share with tenant groups. This crisis pushes all of us into unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory, but we have it within ourselves to emerge stronger and even more organized on the other side of it.
For more information about how to build and sustain community organizing efforts during this time of necessary social distance, check out the resource library below.
- Organizing in the Time of Physical Distancing
- Covid 19 Street Organising Unofficial Guide
- Digital Organizing 101