CUFA’s History of Public Housing Advocacy

CUFA has been organizing Public Housing residents around different issues for many years. Our environmental justice work started with Public Housing residents in Winton Terrace and Findlater Gardens who had to live across the street from landfills that were toxic and caused significant health issues. Those landfills are now closed! A group of Public Housing tenants took on Waste Management, a huge company, and WON! And when the city of Cincinnati wanted to put a mass burn incinerator in place of those closed landfills, it was Public Housing residents who convinced them to start a curb-side recycling program instead.

CUFA has also organized Public Housing residents around tenant participation and tenants’ right to organize. While the rights of Public Housing tenants are clearly written into policy, they are not always recognized by Housing Authorities and landlords.