We believe social change is created by building power, developing leaders and...
CDP’s team of experienced attorneys provides a wide range of legal assistance...
CDP partners with dozens of grassroots community groups in New York to support their...
CDP’s Research and Policy Initiative partners with and provides strategic...

We believe social change is created by building power, developing leaders and increasing civic engagement among traditionally marginalized communities.

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

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:  

 

CDP’s Research and Policy Initiative partners with and provides strategic support to grassroots community organizations to build the power of their organizing and advocacy work. We utilize a “participatory action research” model in which low-income and excluded communities are central to the design and development of research and policy.

Our Work

Our work takes a variety of forms in New York City's communities. The following are a few examples to show how we use research to inform policy initiatives.

Mahfar Tenants Get 205K Settlement
Landlord promises safer construction, no harassment

April 4, 2016
Read full article.

Inside a building on the Grand Concourse blocks from Yankee Stadium, Rico Moreno hears rats scratching at his rotting bathroom tiles when he tries to take a shower. Upstairs, Laura Bordas and her mother, Miguelina Fana, are forced to cook dinner on hot plates. The building’s stoves have not worked for weeks, ever since the laundry room in the basement caved in and authorities cut off the building’s gas line.

Read full article here. February 20, 2015

March 1, 2016
Read the full article.

Just past sunrise on 69th Street, near the No. 7 subway station in Jackson Heights, Queens, men in backpacks and work boots gather in groups, many on their cellphones.

They are workers at one of the largest day laborer stops in New York City, hoping to be hired. Most are undocumented immigrants who have reported being cheated by employers. In the fight against wage theft, their phones could soon become their biggest allies.

January 21, 2016
Read the full article

While dozens of East Village residents have accused their new landlord of shady practices ever since he bought their buildings last year, they may be surprised to find out that he also has a criminal past.

Over 700 Attend Report Release on Future Bronx Development

Pages