CDP strengthens the impact of grassroots organizations in New York City’s low-income and other excluded communities. We partner with community organizations to win legal cases, publish community-driven research reports, assist with the formation of new organizations and cooperatives, and provide technical and transactional assistance in support of their work towards social justice.

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CDP’s team of experienced
CDP’s Research and Policy

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced in her State of the City address last Wednesday that the Council will appropriate new funding in the FY 2016 budget to expand the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process to public housing. This would be the first PB process in the U.S. that allows residents of public housing to vote directly on how to appropriate public money in their housing developments.

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CDP’s team of experienced attorneys provides a wide range of legal assistance to help advance community groups’ campaigns for social and economic justice. Our main types of legal work include:

Affordable Housing

Data in support of organizing

CDP partners with dozens of grassroots community groups in New York to support their work toward social and economic justice. Not only are we proud to partner with them but we also are proud of their work. To that end, we would like to share a list of some of our partner organizations with links to their important work: