The Thriving Communities Coalition includes grassroots organizing, advocacy, policy, and technical assistance groups who work across various issue areas and neighborhoods, and came together in response to the formation of the 2019 Charter Revision Commission. We believe this process presents an important chance to change the way land use, budgeting, and other decisions are made in order to provide more access for and accountability to average New Yorkers, and address the needs of low income communities and communities of color.

The Project

The Thriving Communities Coalition is dedicated to developing, organizing, and advocating for policies that will advance the following principles:

Fair distribution of resources and development

We call for an equitable allocation of burdens and benefits related to investment, infrastructure, new growth, and economic development that meets both citywide and neighborhood needs, and corrects for historic disinvestment, marginalization, and displacement pressure to eliminate disparities across race, geography, and income.

Enforceable commitments – No more empty promises

We call for the enforcement of commitments made to mitigate impacts from development and investment.

Integration without displacement

We call for the right to stay in and access neighborhoods with quality housing, good-paying jobs, and cultural and social connections.

Transparency and accountability

We call for transparent planning shaped by early and ongoing community engagement.

Real community power and ownership

We call for self-determination in the planning process, community-led development, and solutions that are responsive to our identified needs and opportunities.


Here is a summary of the Coalition’s Policy Proposals

 To learn more or join us in this work, please contact Emily Goldstein.

Coalition Members

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development

Brooklyn Legal Services Corp A

CASA – Community Action for Safe Apartments

Chhaya CDC

Churches United for Fair Housing

Cypress Hills LDC 

Good Old Lower East Side

Los Sures Lucha

Municipal Art Society of New York 

New Economy Project

New York Appleseed

Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition

Pratt Center for Community Development

Regional Plan Association

Southside United HDFC - Los Sures

United Neighborhood Houses