Whether it’s advocating for affordable housing, environmental justice, safe streets, or immigrant rights, Ironbound Community Corporation plays a unique role in organizing the community to fight for its rights. Our central position in the community informs us of pressing community needs and shapes the projects we take on. For those projects, residents are armed with the information necessary to make change happen.
Some examples of past and present community organizing include:
- Housing Rights: ICC is helping residents of low-income housing complexes advocate to maintain affordable housing and better living conditions. Today, residents are fighting for the removal of several stories of shipping containers, blocking light and airflow and taking views and recreational space away from hundreds of low-income residents (Newspaper article). We work with residents to hold the Newark Housing Authority accountable as many housing projects are threatened with neglect and closure.
- Environmental Awareness: By making residents aware of potential environmental hazards, ICC and the community secured many cleanup projects, like the remediation of a contaminated dioxin site. Today, ICC is working with officials to make sure community members are informed on issues like the lead-laden Astroturf that was recently removed from a local soccer field. Passaic River Community Advisory Group
- Immigration: ICC hosts a number of community dialogs around immigration and human rights. Our programs provide access to legal assistance and ensure that immigrants know their rights and what services are available to them – while connecting them to each other in the process.
- ICC supports a wide range of collaborations that impact our community including: community blockwatches, school advocacy and parent involvement.