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Housing & Affordability


Affordable housing is not just about bricks and mortar. It is also about the important community ties it generates and sustains, as well as the heroic stories of its residents. These aspects are often lost amidst characterizations of those communities as impoverished, crime-ridden and dysfunctional. This project emerged from the August 2014 Miami JusticeHack (, a creative, collaborative workshop... more »
Who are you?

The Miami Community History Project, Inc. is a multidisciplinary group, comprised of former or current residents of public housing in Liberty City, academics, architects, planners, lawyers, and supporting community organizations.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

A major impediment to the creation, preservation and funding of affordable housing is the stigma arising from stereotypes of the communities living in that housing. This project is designed to counter those stereotypes & highlight success stories of the hard-working, struggling families that are an integral part of Miami’s history and social fabric. In addition, by being resident-driven, this project connects residents to professionals seeking to make Miami a more inclusive and equitable place.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Economic equitability and the preservation/creation of affordable housing. This project recognizes that an important first step in preserving affordable is combating stigma around it and increasing the visibility and understanding of residents. The Center can help generate support for the preservation and expansion of affordable housing, and also create a way for residents to be more economically integrated into Miami by validating their place as important actors in the greater Miami community.

Please give examples of your project's success.

This project builds on successes of constituent members of the Miami Community History Project, including academicians, attorneys, and staff and members of Miami Workers Center. Examples of successes include the Scott Homes Hope VI Agreement, which led to construction of hundreds of units of new public housing; the 2014 JusticeHack which was attended by over 130 Miamians and generated over 15 ideas; and scholarly presentations in Overtown on race and housing in Miami attended by over 300 people.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Community Justice Project, Florida Legal Services


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